Norfolk Walk: Kelling Heath and Weybourne
PUBLISHED: 08:54 13 May 2013 | UPDATED: 08:54 13 May 2013
This walk from Richard and Sally Parker (with optional medium or shorter walks) uses footpaths, tracks and quiet lanes, with amongst the points of interest the Muckleburgh Collection.
KELLING HEATH AND WEYBOURNE
Start: Car Park on Holgate Hill, Kelling Heath
Map: Explorer 251 G/R TG 098 416
Distance: 7.5 (or 5.25 or 3.0) miles
Public Transport: The walk can be reached via the Coast Hopper bus route in Weybourne.
Timetables: 0871 2002233, www.travelineeastanglia.co.uk
This walk from Richard and Sally Parker (with optional medium or shorter walks) uses footpaths, tracks and quiet lanes. Amongst the points of interest on the walk are the Muckleburgh Collection, the UK’s largest privately owned working Military Collection with 25 Tanks all in working order, and the North Norfolk Railway, a preserved steam railway connecting Sheringham to the picturesque Georgian town of Holt.
Kelling Heath is set amongst glorious heath and woodland on the Cromer Ridge with the scent and sounds of gorse and heather, iconic coastal views and a chance to savour the past of the steam train passing by. Plenty of plants, insects, birds and wildlife inhabit the site.
Weybourne, with All Saints Church and the priory ruins at its centre, sits by tradition at the point of the least easily defended part of the English coastline. There has not been a successful mass invasion for nearly a thousand years, but legend has it that, if one ever happens, it will happen here!
Refreshments are available in both Weybourne and Kelling.
■ Long Walk: From the car park, head away from the road and pass through the gate onto the heath. Proceed straight ahead keeping to the main track. At the top of the hill, at the marker post, turn left down a shallow valley and follow this path downhill to the road (A149). Cross over and turn left along the permissive path at the field edge. At the field corner, proceed straight ahead up the slope to the road side, then down the small path that passes between the road and the playing field, heading towards the stone clad cottages ahead. Turn right down the track (Meadow Lane) in front of Beach Cottage. Pass The Quag on the right and immediately take the track to the right beyond this expanse of water.
■ Follow the track to the left and right, to join the Norfolk Coast Path just before the shingle bank. Go right and follow the path as it passes through an opening in the fence. Continue along the path passing, on the right, coastal defences and a wireless station and then the area used by military vehicles of the Muckleburgh Collection. At the car park, climb the steps on the right onto the hard standing and head up the road towards Weybourne Church in the distance. Continue ahead up Beach Lane, using the footpath which crosses from the right to the left and back to the right again, to reach the main road (A149) in Weybourne.
■ Turn right, keeping close to the right hand side of this busy road. Pass the village sign and leave the village. At the top of the hill, opposite the entrance to the Muckleburgh Collection, look for the finger post on the other side of the road, just before the ‘Kelling’ sign. Take this path as it winds its way along the base of Telegraph Hill beside the field edge towards Holgate Hill. The views to the left are stunning with the possibility of the odd train appearing on the North Norfolk Railway. At the road, turn right and immediately go left into the footpath leading towards the railway line. Just before the railway embankment, turn right up the hill to meet the train track at the top. Continue ahead beside the railway to the bungalow at the crossing.
■ Medium Walk: Turn right and follow the track to the road. Cross over and enter the footpath opposite. Turn left parallel with the road and walk back to the start.
■ Long Walk: Turn left over the railway crossing. Continue straight ahead and follow the track as it bends to the left to reach a path going off to the right. Take this path to the next junction. At this point, take the route to the right, which continues between two fields in a straight line towards Warren Road. After passing Warren Farm, turn right on a metalled road, passing rugby pitches on the left. Continue to the junction with Bridge Road. Turn right along the road. After crossing the railway bridge, look for the entrance into the woodland car park. Turn right into this track and into the parking area.
■ Enter the woods through the gate and follow the path beyond, as it heads back parallel to Bridge Road. The path meanders towards the railway line once more, going up a slight slope to an embankment beside the railway track. Following the line of the fence to the left, and continue to a post with path markers. Follow the red markers to a gate and a right turn beyond the fence: the red markers continue to near a five-bar gate. Turn off this red path to the right of the gate and join the road. Turn right past the entrance to Kelling Park and continue on up Holgate Hill and back to the start.
■ Short Walk: From the car park, pass through the gate and veer right towards the road. Continue along the path parallel to the road to where this path reaches the crossing path by the road. Turn right, cross the road and enter the track marked by the finger post. Continue to the bungalow next to the railway crossing. Cross the railway line and follow the Long Walk instructions above.
JOIN THE RAMBLERS
The Ramblers is Britain’s walking charity which has been working to encourage more people to take up walking and to safeguard footpaths and the countryside for 75 years. Whether you’re an old hand or a complete beginner, the organisation can help you get the best out of walking through its network of local groups.
The Norwich Group has been established for more than 35 years and was the first group in the Norfolk Area of the Ramblers Association.
Non-members are welcome to join all walks in national festivals and some special events and programmes. Most regular walks are intended for Ramblers members, but you are welcome to attend two or three walks on a try-out basis.
■ For more information about the Ramblers’ Association call 01508 538654 or visit: www.ramblers.org.uk