Route: Old Hunstanton to Thornham

Area: Norfolk

Date of walk: 12th October 2017

Walkers: Andrew and Gilly 

Distance:  5.6 miles

Ascent: 200 feet

Weather: Sunny 

On our brief visit to Norfolk we were staying at the excellent Orange Tree in Thornham, voted Norfolk Dining Pub of the Year 2017, and a place I can highly recommend to anyone visiting the area.

We were keen to explore the nearby Norfolk Coast Path and as luck would have it the local bus service, the ‘Coast Hopper’ passes through the village and so this enabled us to plan a linear walk 

We caught the early morning bus from the stop opposite the Orange Tree and 10 minutes or so later hopped off in the village of Old Hunstanton. A short walk through the village brought us down to the beach, and the start of the coastal path by the shore. This is where The Wash meets the North Sea. The tide was partly out and we were able to walk along the beach some of the way, an added bonus – the sight of these vast almost deserted beaches reminded us of our recent visit to the Northumberland coast

After an hour or so of easy walking we arrived at Holme Dunes National Nature Reserve. With more time on our hands we’d have detoured into the reserve for some bird spotting, but as it was we had to content ourselves with following the path around the edge of the reserve, where we had some good sightings including huge flocks of oystercatchers out on the sand banks

Beyond Holme Dunes the path turns south and we continued beside the marshes back into Thornham. It had been a very enjoyable walk and a perfect introduction to the beauty of the Norfolk coast

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