Overstrand Life - Janet's Diaries

Overstrand Circular Walk

Introduction

In 2014 signs for the new North Norfolk Coastal Path were erected. This path covers a 63 mile (41km) stretch of coast between Hunstanton and Sea Palling and is the first section of the England Coast Path to be opened. The wooden signs have also incorporated places of interest and other routes e.g. churches, the Paston Way and the Overstrand Circular Walk. Of particular interest to us is the Overstrand Circular Walk which is signed from the Pauls Lane car park and, of course, finishes there too. Apart from the sign in Southrepps, none of the other wooden signs on the route refer to the Overstrand Circular Walk. We could have missed them but they are quite large so I tend to think not. However, there are circular yellow and green plates on posts etc. denoting the route but a number of these are faded and others are not immediately visible to the eye. Hopefully Norfolk County Council will at some time either renew these or replace them with a simple easy to follow bold coloured shape.

After watching a video posted on Youtube which, although made with the best intentions, incorporated a number of inaccuracies, we decided to produce a pictorial guide with map grid references that I could post here on Overstrand Life. (to access each of the sections of this walk, see links at the bottom of this page) For the most part this covers junctions and crossovers of paths, tracks and roads which we hope will help walkers and supplement the map. I have no objections to the following pages being printed, so long as my copyright is observed.

We completed the walk in two sections, the first in September 2014 when it proved too warm for our dog Barney so we aborted and we did not complete the final section until March 2015. Therefore, the photographs reflect the changes in seasons i.e. trees in full leaf during the first section to bare branches in the final part.

The walk is a delightful circuit taking walkers along paths and tracks with a minimal amount of roads. A downloadable map showing the route is available on Norfolk County Council’s website It may be helpful to also have an Ordnance Survey map. These can be purchased from the Village Stores in Overstrand and both the Landranger North East Norfolk Ref: 133 map or Explorer Norfolk Coast East Ref: 252 provide coverage of this area.

The walk can be shortened at certain points, which can be useful if it starts to rain etc. Providing you carry a map these points will be obvious and for this reason I have not mentioned them here.

General
This walk is 8½ miles in length with relatively easy smooth terrain. However, there may be areas of mud and on the tracks, ruts impressed by farm vehicles.

There are places for refreshments which I have listed below but it is always advisable, especially in warmer months, to carry at the very least a good supply of water.

A charged mobile phone is a must, in case of emergencies. It is worth noting that mobile phone reception can be variable here in rural Norfolk with some services not accessible.

And don’t forget, this is England and a day that starts with brilliant sunshine can deteriorate over a few hours to torrential rain so, always carry a waterproof.

Refreshments
I have listed below places that are suitable for walkers. All the pubs and the café are dog friendly and there is plenty of outside seating at the Aerodrome.

Overstrand:
Village Stores, High Street
The White Horse, High Street
The Cliff Top Café, Cliff Road

Northrepps:
The Foundry Arms, Church Street
Northrepps Aerodrome (Diner open at weekends)

Southrepps:
Vernon Arms, Church Street
Mini Market, High Street

Public Conveniences
There is only one Public Convenience and this is situated on the Pauls Lane car park in Overstrand (the start and finish of the walk).

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