The Burnhams, Burnham Overy Staithe

The Burnhams

Route: The Burnhams

Area: North Norfolk

Date of walk: 1st December 2023

Walkers: Andrew and Gilly

Distance: 6.9 miles

Ascent: 250 feet

Weather: Sunny spells at first, then sleet and snow, very cold

There are several Burnham settlements in this part of North Norfolk and today’s circular walk would visit four of them – in order of appearance Burnham Market, Burnham Norton, Burnham Overy Staithe and Burnham Overy Town

We parked in one of the roadside spaces in Burnham Market, the largest of the Burnhams, and walked out of the attractive town via Herrings Lane. We then joined a path through the fields leading towards Burnham Norton. At the far end of the village we entered onto Norton Marsh and followed a muddy track towards the sea. This was a wonderful section of the walk for bird spotting. Along the way we saw curlew, oystercatcher, lapwings, redshank, egrets, marsh harrier and thousands of geese and ducks. Some rare species may be spotted here too. I’d decided to leave the telephoto lens at home on account of its weight, but regretted the decision as there were many good opportunities for bird photos

After leaving Norton Marsh we made our way to Burnham Overy Staithe. The dramatic skies which we’d seen earlier in the walk were quickly making their way towards us and it was obvious we were likely targets for a soaking. We had intended to visit Overy Creek but decided to shorten the walk and followed a green lane known as Gong Lane, which shaved a mile or two off our planned itinerary. As we left the village we were overtaken by a combination of rain, sleet and snow and the camera had to be stowed away. After passing through Burnham Overy Town we followed a succession of paths back into Burnham Market to end a walk which we’d enjoyed greatly, despite the mixed weather

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