Stag Walkers Norfolk Weekend Away

A Stag Walkers weekend rambling by the seaside and through the Norfolk countryside!

The plan is to base ourselves in Cromer and walk the Paston Way over two days - named after the Paston Family who owned much of the land through which the route passes. The 22 mile route winds through the 'Poppyland' of north east Norfolk and goes to and from the coast, taking in medieval churches, pretty villages, rolling farmland, disused railways and glorious beaches.

On Friday afternoon we'll have a short walk in Cromer before we tackle the trail on Saturday and Sunday with two linear walks of around 11 miles each.

The Paston Way walks are moderate grade due to distance but being in Norfolk are relatively flat!

Booking

The weekend is exclusive to paid-up members of Ramblers, initially only to those with Stag Walkers as home group.

Space is limited to 16 people and must be booked via https://www.meetup.com/StagWalkers/

Booking opens Sunday 13th March, 6pm.

Please book only if sure you can attend and remember to update your RSVP if you have to cancel.

Accommodation

Book your own accommodation or arrange to share with other members of the group.

As Cromer is a resort town there are lots of B&Bs, hotels, Airbnbs and holiday rentals but book early to avoid disappointment!

Camping is another option - this site is 10 minutes’ walk from the town centre: https://www.cromercamping.com/

There is also a Youth Hostel in Sheringham for a cheaper indoor choice – about 5 miles along the coast and along the train line from Cromer. https://www.yha.org.uk/hostel/yha-sheringham

Travel

Cromer is about 2.5 to 3 hours' drive from Hitchin or 3 hours by train via Cambridge and Norwich. Post on the Meetup event page if you'd like to ask for or offer a lift.

Book time off work if needed if you'd like to join the Friday afternoon walk, which will start around 4.30pm (details TBC).

The Sunday walk should finish around 5pm.

Food

There will be a group meal on Friday and Saturday night; details will be confirmed nearer the time. You can also make your own arrangements if you prefer.

Saturday

This is a linear walk from North Walsham to Mundesley, going outward by train and returning to Cromer by bus.

Meet at Cromer railway station at 09.40 for the 09.55 train to North Walsham, arriving 10.13.

To start the Paston Way we leave the town of North Walsham along a disused railway line and pass through a butterfly reserve, before following quiet lanes and crossing open fields to Edingthorpe.

We'll have a packed lunch about halfway through today's route at Knapton – please bring food & drink with you!

After lunch we head to Paston village, then on to Bacton and across open farmland towards the North Sea coast. The next few miles are along the sandy beach to the coastal village of Mundesley, where we should have time for a drink before we catch the bus back to Cromer.

The bus from Mundesley to Cromer takes around 25-30 minutes (last buses leave Gold Park at 16.40, 16.43 and 17.48).

Sunday

This is a linear walk from Mundesley to Cromer, going outward by bus.

After packing up and checking out, meet at Cromer Cadogan Road bus station at 11am for the 11.10 service to Mundesley, arriving 11.34.

There are car parks nearby at Cadogan Road and Meadow Road, these cost £1.30/hr & £1/hr thereafter.

N.B. If you've travelled to Norfolk on the train, you might like to ask one of the drivers to store anything in their car boot which you don't need to carry with you on the walk (and offer them some cash towards parking).

Part 2 of the Paston Way begins by heading inland through peaceful countryside to Gimingham, before going back towards the coast to Trimingham. Here we can stop for packed lunch, perhaps detouring onto the beach.

Next it's back inland along lanes to Frogshall and the 'Shrieking Pit' at Hungry Hill, then to the coast again at Overstrand, where we might have a quick pub stop.

The Paston Way then joins the Norfolk Coast Path for two miles along the beach and finishes at Cromer Pier, from where we'll head home.

Please note:

As you know, the current COVID pandemic outlook is positive, and hopefully will remain so. There should be no restrictions to our activities at the time of this weekend away.

As you also know, the situation can change, and if it does then we will have to do whatever is necessary.

Should it be necessary to change or cancel the event for any reason then neither Ramblers nor Stag Walkers / its members can accept any liability for any inconvenience or loss to you.

We recommend testing for COVID before travelling; if you are unwell please stay at home and we'll see you for another walk soon.

Any questions?

If you've not been to a Stag Walkers weekend away before, they are a great chance to explore somewhere different and get to know other members better.

If you have any questions about the weekend, please post on the Meetup event page or email Al, this weekend's organiser, via stagwalkers@gmail.com