Monday, 30 May 2011

A walk... the sunshine.

Living in Norfolk we have some beautiful beaches to walk.  You can visit the wide spaces of Holkham, where Stephen Fry stood for the credits of Kingdom, and where Kiera Knightly and Gwenyth Paltrow also have.  You can go to our Jurassic beaches below cliffs, yes, Norfolk has cliffs!  At Sheringham and Runton to the east, and Hunstanton in the west, you can look for your fossils too.  You can twitch with the best as bird watchers abound over the salt marshes and reserves.  But, the other day I decided to visit another place.

When you say Burnham most people think of Burnham Market, a large village which has grown a reputation for holiday homes and select shopping, and was originally three villages.  But, Burnham Market isn't the only Burnham and is in fact only one of several Burnham villages.  Burnham Deepdale, Burnham Norton, Burnham Overy Town, Burnham Thorpe(Nelson's birthplace) and Burnham Overy Staithe.  Staithe is Old English for "landing place", and this is where I went for my walk.

Parking free on the quay is a blessing, just along from the local "The Hero".  The Norfolk Coastal Path runs along the dunes you can see in the distance.  A path has been raised through the salt marshes and you can pick sea spinach along the way.  You nod and chat to other walkers, all friendly, but if you time it right you won't meet many if you don't want to.

Looking back

The creeks

On the way

The beach

Homeward bound...


Jodie said...

I love the Norfolk coast, there are so many beautiful beaches and little towns. I think my favourite is Wells next to Sea, it's such a pretty town. xxx

Gretel said...

Norfolk is definitely an area I'd love to explore one day - from what I've seen, the landscape colours are gorgeous, typified in your lovely pictures - I bet the light is amazing.

Suze said...

I hope you get there often, Jodie. There are so many new things...

Oh, it would suit you Gretel. It's drawn so many artists by it's quite unique light. And thank you for the compliment.