Fantastic scenery: salt marshes, sand dunes, rolling open farmland, forest and low cliffs – the Norfolk Coast Path has it all! The path runs all along The Norfolk Coast, which has been designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).
We will spend a full weekend exploring some 20 miles of the Coast Path, as well as taking a boat trip to see the seals colony at the Blakeney point.
This event is being hosted by Adventure Go! (http://www.meetup.com/Adventure-Go/),the other Meetup group that we run.
Check out the pics from the Norfolk Coast Path & seal watching weekend walk we organised last September: http://www.meetup.com/Adventure-Go/photos/17510782/
Day 1 – Saturday 9th August
We meet at London King’s Cross train station at 8.25am to catch 8.44am train to King’s Lynn, arriving at 10.22am. We will then jump on a local bus to Hunstanton, a Victorian seaside town, where the Norfolk Coast Path begins. We will see the famous ‘striped’ cliffs, comprising layers of white chalk, red limestone and carstone. If the tide is sufficiently low, we will be able to walk along the beach with a great view of the cliffs.
We will pass Holme-next-the-Sea and continue into Holme Dunes National Nature Reserve. We will stop for a picnic lunch along the way, before we reach Thornham where we will take a local bus on to Morston.
This part of the walk is 6 miles long.
At Morston, we take a boat for a seal watching trip to Blakeney Point and its thriving seals colony! (included) The colony is made up of common and grey seals and number around 500.
After the boat trip, we will continue walking the Norfolk Coast Path, via Stiffkey, to Wells-next-the-Sea, a traditional fishing port and a popular holiday town. This part of the walk is around 6.3 miles long. Once we get to Wells, we will check-in our hostel, before heading out for dinner to a local café, pub or restaurant. Alternatively, the hostel has a fully equipped self-catering kitchen if you’d prefer to make your own meals.
Day 2 – Sunday 10 August
In the morning, after we check out of the hostel, we will have a chance to have breakfast and spend some time exploring Wells-next-the-Sea.
We then join the Coast Path again, first through the pine forest to a spectacular sandy beach of the Holkham bay, and from there over sand dunes on through wheat fields and salt marshes.
This part of the path is just under 11 miles long, and we finish at Burnham Deepdale. There is a nice café there, where we will make a tea/coffee/food break. Then we catch a local bus to King’s Lynn. Depending on which bus we catch, and what time we arrive to King’s Lynn, we might have a chance to walk around before we our train at 6.28pm, arriving to London King’s Cross station at 8.12pm.
We will be staying at the YHA hostel in Wells-next-the-Sea (http://www.yha.org.uk/hostel/wells-next-sea), in exclusive-use private 4-bed rooms. Bedding and linen is provided, but not towels. Please note, the rooms are not en-suite, shower and toilet facilities are shared.
Contact us if you have a strong preference for female or male-only room, and we’ll see what we can do (we can’t promise anything, as it depends on who is coming on this trip)
Meetup dates: Saturday 9 & Sunday 10 August 2014
Meetup start place: London King's Cross train station
Meetup time: Saturday 9 August 2014 at 8.25am (for 8.44am train)
Please plan your journey so you arrive in time. Our train tickets are only valid for this specified train journey, so if you miss the train, you will have to buy a new, full-priced ticked to travel on a later train.
Meetup end time and place: Sunday 10 August 2014, 8.12pm at London King's Cross train station
Please note - train time are subject to change and can only be confirmed 12 weeks before departure.
Meetup cost: £85
• Travel by train from London to Norfolk and back
• 1 night accommodation (YHA hostel, 4-bed private rooms)
• Seals watching boat trip
• 2 days of guided walks
• Meetup and PayPal fees
• Meals & personal expenses
• Local bus and taxi (if needed) fares
Payment is required to RSVP and secure your place. You can pay by PayPal (automatically offered by Meetup when you RSVP) or by bank transfer if you would prefer (please contact us for bank details)
A full refund will be offered if this trip is cancelled or rescheduled.
If you need to cancel due to change in your circumstances, you can do so until 1 July 2014 and we will refund you the amount you paid minus £5 administration fee. We are unable to offer any refunds after this date, unless the trip is cancelled or rescheduled.
You can always offer your place to other members, either by advertising it in the Comments section for this meetup or by contacting any members on the waiting list.
What to bring:
• Comfortable outdoor clothing
• Walking shoes/boots with ankle support and non-slip soles
• Windproof & waterproof jacket (it’s always windy on that coast)
• Fleece or similar for the evening
• Sun hat and sunglasses
• Water bottle (at least 1.5 litre)
• Sun cream
• Money for food and personal expenses
• Personal medication
• Toiletries (though you can purchase these at the hostel)
• Sense of fun and adventure! : )
NOTE: try packing only what you really need – we will be walking with our rucksacks all day, so make sure you can comfortably carry the weight of your rucksack!
Adventure Go! has a legal obligation to comply with The Package Travel, Package Holidays and Package Tours Regulations Act 1992. (http://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/1992/3288/made)
By RSVPing, you confirm that you have read, understood and agree to Adventure Go! Terms & conditions. (http://www.meetup.com/Adventure-Go/pages/Terms_and_Conditions/)