Stone Hill, Beacon Hill

Beacon Hill

Route: Beacon Hill

Area: North Norfolk

Date of walk: 30th November 2023

Walkers: Andrew and Gilly

Distance: 2.4 miles

Ascent: 150 feet

Weather: Sunny spells, very cold

Beacon Hill (also known as Roman Camp) is the highest spot in the whole of Norfolk and stands at the dizzying altitude of 344 feet above sea level. We’d arrived in Norfolk at lunchtime and with only a couple of daylight hours left this was a good choice for a short afternoon walk

We parked in one of the free parking spaces just off Sandy Lane, West Runton. After crossing the road we walked along a track and after a few yards arrived at another possible parking spot, the National Trust car park (free to members), opposite a caravan park. We walked to the nearby viewpoint of Beacon Hill with a view out to sea which was limited by trees. We then headed downhill and turned left to follow a path along the edge of the woodland. There were occasional sea views beyond the nearby town of Sheringham

We joined a path known as Calves Well Lane and at the end of it we climbed uphill briefly to reach another viewpoint at Stone Hill, which is a continuation of the Beacon Hill ridge. This marked the far point of the walk and from here we followed paths through the woodland back to the start. Note that there are numerous paths which criss cross the heathland and it’s easy to go astray

It was a pleasant walk, although we’d hoped for more extensive views over Norfolk given that we were walking over the highest ground in the county

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