This month we’re with the Nor­folk Ram­blers for a walk from the Ro­man Camp at West Run­ton

EDP Norfolk - - INSIDE - WORDS: Pe­ter James

We’re climb­ing the hills (al­most) of West Run­ton


1 From the car park re­turn along Camp Lane to the road and cross to the woods in front of you; the path goes off slightly to the left through Ed­ward’s Plan­ta­tion. At the end of the woods, pass through the kiss­ing gate, then cross the field to the next kiss­ing gate. Af­ter a few me­tres you will come to a junc­tion of paths – take the one straight on. At the junc­tion of paths be­low In­cle­bor­ough Hill turn right, fol­low to the road, then fol­low to the pond. On the cor­ner turn left, pass­ing un­der the im­pres­sive viaduct. Go straight on to the main road.

2 Cross the road, turn left. Fol­low­ing the road, pass­ing the first fin­ger post on the left, keep on the pave­ment up the hill to a gate. At a fin­ger­post into Wood Hill Car­a­van Park turn left, fol­low­ing the way­marker post. Fol­low the tar­mac track to the end and turn right, which will take you past the re­cep­tion build­ing. Turn left then right on the main track to a way­marker that takes you di­ag­o­nally across the grass to­wards the cliffs. Fol­low the path along the cliff top to Wa­ter Lane; cross the road and take the steps up to the cliffs. Fol­low the way­marked path along the cliffs, through the car­a­van park. At the fin­ger post turn left.

3 If you are feel­ing ex­tra en­er­getic you can go straight on and climb the steps up to the top of Bee­ston Bump, re­turn­ing the same way to re-join the path. Cross the rail­way with care and fol­low the lane ahead, again tak­ing care as you may meet cars on this nar­row lane. At the main road cross tak­ing the marked path to­wards Bee­ston Hall School. At the end turn right along the track be­side the school, then be­side the horse pad­docks at the top of the track at the woods turn right, pass­ing the at­trac­tive par­tially-thatched

cot­tage on your left. Fol­low the path along the field edge be­low Bee­ston Regis Heath. At the track in front of the house take the path; turn­ing back on your­self climb up to the top where there is a wel­come seat. There are many paths on the heath; from the seat fol­low the wide grass path to a marker post, turn left which will bring you to a bar­rier. Bear left here with the quarry to your right. To­wards the end of the woods you come to a track turn­ing left – fol­low this to a junc­tion. Take the path to the left. At the end of this path turn right then left; this will bring you to a track. Turn right, fol­low this track pass­ing the start of the car­a­van park on your right and you will come to the car park on the left.

AThe Ro­man Camp, Bea­con Hill Bea­con Hill is the high­est point in Nor­folk. At its sum­mit the hill is 103 me­tres (338 ft) above sea level. The hill is also known as the Ro­man Camp. The sum­mit and sur­round­ing wood­lands are now in the care of the Na­tional Trust. The car park, which is main­tained by do­na­tions, has benches which makes Bea­con

Hill an ideal lo­ca­tion for pic­nics.

On the sum­mit of Bea­con Hill there is an earth­work en­clo­sure known as Ro­man Camp, a name be­lieved to be coined around the turn of the 19th cen­tury by lo­cal cab driv­ers to make this place more ap­peal­ing to tourists.

There are re­ports of a watch be­ing kept at this site in 1324, so it’s very prob­a­ble that Bea­con ex­isted around this time. His­to­ri­ans be­lieve there would have been a bea­con here around the time of the Span­ish Ar­mada in 1588.

BWest Run­ton

In 1990, around 600,000 years af­ter it died, the re­mains of the West Run­ton mam­moth was dis­cov­ered af­ter win­ter seas had eroded the cliffs at West Run­ton, The huge pelvis was the first bone to be re­vealed in the base of the cliff and a year later many more bones were found. By 1992, some 25% of the skele­ton had been re­cov­ered and the re­main­der was re­cov­ered in 1995

ABOVE:This walk takes you along a lovely part of the coast

BE­LOW:Bee­ston’s fa­mous Bump

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