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|Winterton and its Dunes|
|Author: NickC, Published: 08 Jul 2014||Walk rating : Rating:|
|Norfolk, Norfolk Broads|
|This is a circular walk of two halves, with the first half taking you along solid tracks through houses and along rural landscapes, whilst the second half, by way of contrast, takes you through the Winterton Dunes Nature Reserve, where you have the option of either staying on the path, keeping away from the dunes, or following one of the various tracks amongst the dunes to enjoy the scenery and wildlife. This is a Nature Reserve though, and a word of warning, you may spot adders, which are, of course, a protected species. |
If you start at the car park take a quick glance out to sea to spot the Blood Hill wind turbines. These were amongst the first to be installed in this country and have been operating for over twenty years.
Allow at least a couple of hours for the walk. There are toilets and a café at the car park.
Winterton is reached either via the Winterton Road from the west via East and West Somerton from Martham off the A419, or from the south from Caister-on-Sea. Park either in the pay and display car park on the sands, or find a spot in the village by the village hall. These directions start from the car park, postcode NR29 4AJ.
|Start to Low Farm|
Start point: 52.7176 lat, 1.698 long
Walk away from the beach from the car park using the pavement on the left hand side of the road, heading back into the village, aiming for the village hall. On the way, look out for the strange circular cottages on the hill to your right. The Village Hall is not to be confused with the Church Rooms on your right, but it is just after, on the left, at the first road junction. Pick up the path opposite, adjacent to a turquoise timber-clad house. Follow this down the back of some houses and on reaching Old Chapel Road turn left and on reaching a T-junction at the top head right. On reaching Low Road head left.
|Low Farm to Burnley Hall|
Start point: 52.7172 lat, 1.6835 long
Maintain your direction, passing through some tall hedges either side. The track merges onto an asphalt road at a bend and you head straight ahead with a high hedge to your right. The road describes an S-shape, bending to the right and then to the left. You are now amongst some houses, including a lot of barn conversions, one of which has an attractive pond outside.
|Burnley Hall to Commissioners Drain|
Start point: 52.719 lat, 1.6693 long
Head right at the T-junction, staying on the concrete road past a metal gate. The road bears left at the pretty Honeypot thatched cottage, whose colour matches its name. A couple of hundred yards later the road bears right at a Y-junction. The path becomes incredibly rural here and it’s difficult to accept that you are just a short hop from the coast. Cultivated fields lie on one side, with grazing also occupying some of the land.
|Commissioners Drain to Information Board|
Start point: 52.7265 lat, 1.6634 long
Continue up the track until you reach a gate marking the start of a private road. The path diverts to the right here, following the edge of a field with a high hedge to the left. Stay with this as it bends to the left after which you will see some old farm buildings up ahead (Winterton Holmes) and to the right. These are your next target. Stay with the path, hugging the edge of the field, until it swings right and out over the farmyard of these buildings and picks up a track directly in front of you.
|Information Board to End|
Start point: 52.7363 lat, 1.6793 long
You are now in the Nature Reserve, and a repeat warning here about the possibility of adders. Another (remote!) danger is left over bits and pieces from when this area was used by the military. The rule here is, if it's unusual, don’t touch and report it!
Text and images for this walk are Copyright © 2014 by the author NickC and may not be reproduced without permission.
Really nice walk. Directions are a bit vague at the end but following the path on the ap using GPS was great.
|By Tilford on 2016-01-09 21:26:55|
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