Wells and Holkham

PETER JAMES, of Nor­folk Ram­blers, takes us up to the coast for a walk at Holkham and Wells

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From the Coast Hop­per bus stop, turn to face the Ed­in­burgh Inn and walk as far as the post of­fice. Turn left by the post of­fice along Bolts Close, pass­ing the tele­phone ex­change on your right, and con­tinue down into Croft Yard to the quay. Turn left, fol­low the quay to Beach Road. Fol­low along the sea wall with the road and hol­i­day park on your left; you are now on the Nor­folk Coast Path which is marked with an oak leaf em­blem. At the end of the sea wall turn left by the café fol­low­ing the path round the car­a­van park. The in­for­ma­tion board in­di­cates that this is Wells Dell and one of the most fa­mous bird­watch­ing ar­eas in Eng­land. The tall pines which dom­i­nate the area were in­tro­duced to sta­bilise the sand dunes. They, to­gether with the broom and gorse un­der­growth, are a haven for small birds.

On reach­ing a cross­ing of paths and a wooden fin­ger post to your left, turn left along Lady Anne’s Drive to­wards Holkham. Some­times there is a mo­bile café here, Hush­wing Café, serv­ing drinks, cake and sausage rolls, and this may be an op­por­tune time to stop for re­fresh­ments. To the left cat­tle graze on the lush grass of the salt marsh whilst on the right ducks and geese en­joy the brack­ish pools. At the road you can, with the Vic­to­ria Inn in front of you, go straight ahead or left then right to the toi­lets and shops of Holkham. Af­ter the green past the shops, the path on the right takes you back to the main drive where you turn left to the main gates for Holkham Hall.

The pedes­trian gate is in the left hand cor­ner; pass through the gate and turn left then through an­other gate then fol­low the path to the East Lodge gate. Fol­low to the road where there is a foot­path to the right along a gravel drive. Go left and right around farm build­ings; there are three boats in the barn on your left, and fol­low the path to a cross­ing track. Turn left and con­tinue along this track to the B1105.

Cross the road and turn left be­tween the brick piers of a dis­man­tled rail bridge. At the A149 turn­ing turn right into Burnt Street, pass­ing the fire sta­tion on the right and The Or­chard Hol­i­day Park on your left, cross the road at the school and speed limit sign and take the track be­tween prop­er­ties which soon nar­rows to a foot­path go­ing up­hill. At the end of the path bear left along Plum­mer’s Hill to the area called But­t­lands. Keep straight ahead pass­ing a grassy area with a tree in the mid­dle to the left. Pass the Crown Ho­tel on the right and carry on along the nar­row lane ahead Chancery Lane. At the High Street, turn left you will then come to Sta­tion Street, the end of the walk.

The marshes teem with wildlife

Wells har­bour

Signs at Lady Anne Drive

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