The Cromer Lighthouse circular walk is a fantastic beach, cliff and heathland walk on the North Norfolk Coast with breath-taking views over this beautiful part of Norfolk.
The Norfolk Coast Path used to end at Cromer, but as at December 2014 now comes to an end at Sea Palling. This route I take you along is part of The Paston Way which is a continuous route, (taking in sixteen churches and their towns, including Overstrand which is where this particular walk starts), but also part of the new Norfolk Coast Path as well (the bit along the beach).
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Length: 3 mile circular walk
Ease of Walk: Easy, apart from 236 steps from beach to cliff top
What you’ll see: beaches, woodland, heathland, lighthouse, golf course
OS Map: Explorer 252
PDF Booklet: You can download this walk in pdf format here
Arrive in Overstrand and follow the signs to the beach, and park at the Cliff Top car park (small charge for parking). I start this particular walk by heading towards the sea, taking the steep tarmac path to the beach. This route, via the beach, is the correct Paston Way route.
Once you reach the sand, turn left and continue along the beach, almost as far as Cromer (about a mile) until you see the wooden steps heading up to the top of the cliff. If you get to the promenade in Cromer you’ve gone too far! There are 236 steps in all, quite short in height, with a few benches for you to catch your breath. It isn’t all steps though, it does break out into paths here and there. And if you stop and admire the view every so often, it won’t seem so bad. It’s also really well worth the climb to see the fantastic view from the top and to see Cromer Lighthouse greet you.
And if you time it right, you may even catch the air rescue helicopter in a practice session.
Once at the top of the steps you break out of the trees and into wide open heathland. Just take a few moments to admire the incredible scenery. Apart from Sheringham Park, this has to be one of the best views in Norfolk.
Next, turn left on the well-trodden path up to the brow of the hill, then bear right towards Cromer lighthouse. There are a couple of benches dotted around where you can rest your legs again (!) and take in the wonderful view towards Cromer.
At this point you can either head back towards Overstrand along the cliffs for the shorter walk, or continue along my route which makes it a 3 mile walk.
Once you reach the lighthouse, continue along the tarmac road on the left hand side of the lighthouse, bearing left and heading through parts of Cromer golf course, walk past the club house and onto the main B1159.
Turn left out of the golf club onto the main road and take the pavement all the way to Overstrand church. After the church turn immediately left along a small narrow path between fences (see picture below) which eventually joins the small road called Paul’s Lane. Go straight ahead and follow the road, passing houses on both sides, and you eventually come back to the car park at Overstrand.
If you then feel like refreshments when you return, continue past the car park to the Cliff Top Café for home cooked food, or even a cream tea!