10 Best Walks from Magnolia Cottage
We're lucky to have so many coast and country walks from the door, with a great variety of landscapes: sandy beaches, shingle, chalk reef and rockpools, clifftops and wildflower meadows, country house parkland, hills, heath and woodland. There's something for everyone, from gentle strolls to whole day hikes, all without needing the car, and never far from a welcoming cafe or pub!
The promenade curves around the seafront for almost a mile, past beach huts, fishing boats and beach cafes. Here you can walk by the sea every day of the year, with grandstand views across the waves. It's the perfect place for a sunset stroll, ice cream in hand.
At low tide you can walk for miles along the wide, sandy beach, to West Runton (2 miles), Cromer (4 miles) or Overstrand (6 miles), returning on the beach, clifftop or Coasthopper bus. Even at the height of summer you'll escape the crowds.
A short, easy walk away is Skelding Hill. From the hilltop benches there are magnificent views along the coastline to Blakeney Point.
A 20 minute walk from Magnolia Cottage brings you to Sheringham Park (National Trust), with its miles of woodland trails and sea views. The rhododendrons are spectacular in early summer - climb the viewing towers to look back at the sea across a canopy of flowers.
Beeston Bump gives panoramic views across Sheringham's red pantiled roofscape to the glacial, wooded Cromer Ridge. The hill was a 'Y' listening station during WW2, passing the location of enemy shipping to Bletchley Park; the foundations can still be seen by the trig point.
The coast path west is particularly lovely in summer, when the clifftops become a wildflower meadow, filled with the song of skylarks. The flint village of Weybourne, 3 miles away, has a windmill, ruined priory and a good pub, the Ship.
Walking along the clifftops east brings you to West Runton, with its wide beach, rockpools and good fossil hunting. The lovely Corner House cafe, welcoming pub garden and Rocky Bottoms clifftop seafood restaurant will refresh you before strolling back to Sheringham!
Beeston Common and Priory
Surrounded by its monastic fishponds, the ruined Augustinian priory of St Mary in the Meadow is a peaceful spot, an easy half hour walk away just beyond the flint cottages and dewponds of Beeston Common.
Beeston Regis Heath and Roman Camp
This exhilarating longer walk climbs to the National Trust heath and pinewoods of the Cromer Ridge, with sweeping views along the coast.
Norfolk Coast Path
A 10 minute walk brings you to the Norfolk Coast Path, which starts at the striped cliffs of Hunstanton and follows the coastline for 85 miles. Sheringham is centrally located, and the path can be walked in small sections using the Coasthopper bus.
We provide full directions and a set of hand drawn maps for all these walks, and a good collection of walking guides and maps.