Sunday, 22 November 2015

Coastal Walk from Sheringham to Weybourn, Norfolk

On a particularly beautiful sunny November day we went for a walk starting from the seafront in Sheringham heading to Weybourn.  A Cormorant was making the most of the warm sunshine from its vantage point.

One of our favourite cafes in Sheringham, is the Funky Mackerel Cafe, their flapjacks are amazing and we did have quite a walk ahead of us, so we had to stop for a coffee and flapjack of course.

There are some lovely paintings along the seafront wall, this one particularly caught my eye, it is in two parts as it turns the corner.

My husband blended in really well with the fishermen.

We walked along the seafront as far as we could, repairs are still being carried out to the promenade, after last years terrible storms.  So we made our way up the stairs to the path that runs along the top of the cliffs and then follows the cliffs alongside the golf course.

The small flag on top of the hill flies over the Old Coast Guard  Look Out (Watch Tower) on Skelding Hill, which is where we are heading too.

Here we are looking back towards the town of Sheringham, it will be quite some time before we see housing again.

Walkers along the path are not permitted onto the Golf Course, maybe this to allow golfers to rescue their wayward golf balls?

It is amazing how far you can see on a clear day, after walking along the edge of the golf course at eye level we now get to see down on it.  Sheringham Golf Club was formed in 1891 as a 9 hole course, later in 1898 it was extended to an 18 hole course.

You certainly get some stunning views while you are playing this golf course.  We are now standing on top of Skelding Hill, which is 52m or 170ft above sea level .  This was a strategic look out during the 2nd World Wall due to this section of coast having relatively deep inshore water which would have allowed vessels to get close to shore.  The beach here had land mines and barbed wire all along it.

Weather permitting watchers from the tower can see over 23km or 14 miles offshore.  To the North there is no land between here and the Arctic.  There are several benches on this side of the hill to admire the view and take a well earned rest.

I read that during the Second World War it is said that 'One of the two large navel guns that which were place on the hill here was given a test firing and the vibration caused a large section of cliff to fall.

Well onward, and in this case for the moment, downward.  The next buildings we will come across are the white ones that can just be seen in the background.

In this zoomed in shot you can see the coastal path winding along the cliffs.  I wonder how long this path will be here before it falls over the edge due to coastal erosion?

Here you get to see more of the beach along this stretch.

Looking back up part of Skelding Hill you can see the path that we have been walking down.  The coastal path is fairly easy to walk, with just the occasional steep section, with gravel underfoot.

Just for a change, after towering above the beach, we are now very close to sea level.  These areas allow you access on and off the beach, which is good as the sea here is tidal and people do get caught out and suddenly realise the tide is coming in much faster than they had realised.

We are finding lots of mushrooms during our walks.  I think this one maybe a Parasol Mushroom, a common species, found in well-drained soil.

The bright yellow flowers of the Gorse, as these are still flowering in November this suggest that this Gorse is Western Gorse as the Common Gorse flowers during the Summer.

You can just about see the Watch Tower perched on top of Skelding Hill in the far right of this picture.

Another mushroom, which I have yet to identify.

The houses are getting closer.

We have just passed through a section of the coastal path, which is part of Sheringham Park and looked after by the National Trust.

I have mentioned coastal erosion in several of my blog posts about this area of coast and here you get a view of it in action.  You can clearly see where this section of land has started to slip away, it won't be long before strong waves wash away more of the material holding this section of land up.

We came across this small memorial on the path, I wonder who this person was, possibly a regular walker along this path.

We have passed the houses that we have been walking towards, we can now see the car-park on the coast which we are heading towards which will take us along the road to the village of Weybourn.

Here we see more evidence of the World War 2 defences.

This fishing boat looks to me like it is lovingly looking at the sea wishing it was out there and not parked on the shore.

We have now reached the end of coastal path walk, for today and we will head through the car-park and along the road leading back to the village of Weybourn.  In the car-park there is a sign from the Eastern Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority advising fisherman on the rules and regulations for fishing in this area to help manage the marine environment.

There is also a warning sign for a nasty little fish that lurks just under the surface of the sand to catch out people enjoying the sea with bare feet, so beware!  A friend of ours in Turkey stood on one of these and as it says on the poster it is an incredibly painful thing to do, although the pain is short lived and there are no lasting effects.

Well we have arrived in the village of Weybourn, time for a spot of lunch after our 5 mile walk.  At the end of the road from the car-park we came across Bun Teas Tearoom, with a very bubbly, friendly lady owner.  We had used our mobile phone to track our walk and as we were talking about the battery running low on the phone she offered to put it on charge for us while we had our lunch.  I would highly recommend the roast turkey, hot bacon and salad bap, it was enormous and very tasty with a large pot of tea.  And an added bonus was that the walled garden trapped the warmth of the November sun and we were able to sit outside and have lunch.

We were fortunate that my Mum and Dad live in Sheringham, just a few minutes down the road so my Dad came to pick us up.  So we made our way to the church where he was going to pick us up.

I just had to time to take a couple of shots of the church which stands in the centre of the village. The Priory Church Of All Saints was the church of a major Priory, remains of the Priory still remain today.  It is recorded that the 13th Century Priory sat on the site of an earlier Saxon Church.  The Church that you see today dates from around the 14th Century.

Saturday, 21 November 2015

Coastal Walk From Beeston Regis to West Runton, Norfolk

A juvenile Black Headed Gull enjoying the Autumn sunshine.

Walking along the coastal path here you get glimpses of the beach, but don't get to close to the edge, there is a lot of coastal erosion happening here.

You do get a lovely view across the North Sea from here.

Beeston Regis's All Saints Church silhouetted in the afternoon sunshine.

Our shadows peering over the edge.

I think this might be an Aniseed Toadstool .

We have now reached the centre of the village of West Runton, the village sign represents some of the things that the village is famous for.  The depiction of a Woolly Mammoth relates to the discovery of a Steppe Mammoth skeleton on the West Runton beach in 1995, an ancestor of the Woolly Mammoth,  This skeleton was the oldest Mammoth to be found in the UK so far and the most complete skeletal remains of this species found in the world so far.

West Runton is also the home of Hillside Animal and Shire Horse Sanctuary.

The other pictures represent West Runton as a typical English Holiday village.

West Runton is one of many English villages which still has a village green and this one has a lovely Bed and Breakfast and Tea Rooms overlooking the village sign and rare red telephone box housed on the green.

And just in case you forget which village you are in, one of the distinctive Carstone constructed houses has the villages name on its wall and I love the design of the gable end wall.  The garden wall is also of traditional flint and brick construction.

This is an elegant way of incorporating the villages War Memorial into the structure of the villages elegant wall with the Holy Trinity Church guarding it.  The main inscription is very simple but spot on 'They were a wall unto us, both by day and night'.

Holy Trinity Church style is typical long flint and stone construction of the 12th Century.  The tradition of this church is mainly Anglo Catholic.  The church bell dates back to 1715.

The Lychgate was added during the Victorian Period, originally closer to the road. The term Lych comes from the Saxon word for corpse (dead body), the lych gate was traditionally a place where corpse bearers carried the body of a deceased person and laid it on a communal bier (stand used to carry the body to the church).

We are now walking along the coastal road back towards Beeston Regis passing over a narrow railway bridge.  We have often see buses meeting on the top of this bridge where they have to maneuver around each other very carefully.  Which is surprising when you look along the railway line and see how incredibly straight it is.

On the way back we made a slight detour to All Saints Church at Beeston Regis, up until now we have only seen the church from Back Common.  Unfortunately it was closed, a common unfortunate stage with most churches these days, which is a great shame as apparently it is beautiful inside, a contrast to the very plain exterior, maybe next time.

The church dates back to around the 14th Century although it was extensively renovated in the 19th Century, not necessarily for the best.

From the Church we followed a narrow path which runs alongside the railway line to Back Common.

The Holm Oak is still showing lots of delicate acorns.  The Holm Oak is an evergreen broad leafed tree native to the Mediterranean.

I think this mushroom is a Bolbitius vitellinus, widespread in Britain growing on or in dung-enriched meadows. As it matures it develops a bright yellow centre and splits at the margin.  It is not edible.

I have not been able to identify this mushroom, I assume that it is possibly a mature one due to the brown edges.

The Common has a lot of Hawthorn growing around it and this time of year the bushes are covered with these seed heads of the The Wild Clematis, Clematis vitalba, also known as Old Man's Beard or Travellers Joy.

Here you can see the seed heads once the tendrils have dropped off.