Route: Morston to Wells-next-the-Sea

Area: North Norfolk

Date of walk: 31st January 2022

Walkers: Andrew and Gilly

Distance: 7.0 miles

Ascent: 600 feet

Weather: Mostly cloudy, gale force winds

On the last day of our short stay in North Norfolk we decided to explore the salt marshes which are a feature of the coastline and a haven for a wide variety of birds. We decided on a linear walk which would visit three major marshes – Stiffkey, Warham and Wells. We parked in Wells-next-the-Sea next to the Buttlands, an attractive green square, lined with lime trees and surrounded by elegant Georgian houses. From here we took the 9.30am Coasthopper CH1 bus to the village of Morston, which lies to the east, some 7 miles along the coast. The bus stopped at the village green and from here it was a short stroll to the coastal path, which forms part of the long distance Peddars Way and North Norfolk Coast paths

It was blowing a gale – literally – and unfortunately we were walking straight into it. This made progress quite arduous, and in addition there was a considerable wind chill factor. However, the going was flat and easy, apart from a few short muddy sections. We kept our eyes out for birdlife as we went along, but thanks to the wind there were very few birds on the wing, and most of them were hunkered down in the marshes. Despite this we saw Brent Geese aplenty, along with curlew, oystercatcher and lapwing

After an atmospheric walk beside the vast expanses of the salt marshes, we eventually arrived at our destination, Wells-next-the-Sea. The small town has a rich history as a fishing and commercial port, and is also a popular holiday destination. We wandered around the quay and harbour and, after refreshments at the excellent Wells Deli, we walked through the old streets of the town back to the Buttlands

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