Beyond the marshlands at Thornham….

Another lovely sunny day, still a nip in the air but the wind has dropped some. We have decided to make today our last day exploring the Norfolk Coastline.

Continuing our journey along the northern tip of Norfolk, today we park up in Thornham, a pretty sleepy Norfolk village.

From the village we walk the mile or so along lanes to reach the coastal path. There was in fact some parking at the end of the lane, but we enjoyed the peaceful walk. Here the coastal path sits on top of the sea wall above the surrounding marshland.

We crossed an area of dunes and this fab beach lay in wait….

Well social distancing certainly won’t be a problem…

As Poppydog waits patiently for a bit of freedom….

We walked back along the beach to where we left off at Holme Dunes Nature Reserve.

Before taking a last look at this wonderful coastline – until next time.

I have been living, maybe naively, pottering along as we do, with very little human contact, that firstly, we are not endangering anyone and secondly, that we are keeping safe. However, I also appreciate that each county has its own health facilities based on it’s permanent residents and so we are heading home to Cornwall.

Moving down to Norfolk and Sandringham….

A grey start to the day and just as we had finished packing up the inside of the van it started to rain, so I got somewhat damp finishing up and getting us on the road – nice! We are heading down the coast into Norfolk and though the journey was only 70 odd miles it was rather tedious and felt a lot longer. No matter we are now all settled in at Sandringham and very much looking forward to walking the Norfolk Coast.

When it eventually stopped raining at about 5, we set off out to explore our surroundings. Now as you know, I’m not keen on soggy and muddy dog so we followed the network of lanes that run through the Sandringham Estate.

With just birdsong for company and the odd rustling in the undergrowth we had a very pleasant stroll though I suspect that Poppydog would have preferred to be running free terrorising anything and everything that moved in the woodland!

A rather long walk from Leverton to try and find the sea…..

Quite sunny but still cold and windy. Today we are heading down to see if we can access the sand on the Wash. Looking at the map (Mr OS) we have decided on Leverton just beyond Wrangle as the marshlands don’t look so deep there. We end up walking at least three miles down through the lanes in amongst fields of sprouts, potatoes and other root veg.

Over three seabanks and then…

Miles and miles of marshland with yes just a little twinkle of sea on the horizon, but absolutely no way for us to get there…

Ah well you can’t get lucky every time! So back we go through the fields – a nice peaceful walk any how!

A walk around Saltfleet….

A fine, mostly sunny day today, windy still but dry. Today we are going to pay a visit to Saltfleet and see if we can get out onto the beach. According to Mr OS Saltfleet beach is accessible across the marsh and is a safe area in the marshlands and mudflats from Threddlethorpe to the south and Humberston Fitties to the north. We park up outside one of the several holiday parks in the village and follow a footpath towards the sea, however….

There is rather a lot of water around and no clear path across the marshland from here, so we follow a dryish sandy path along the shoreline for maybe a mile or so until we reach the banks of Saltfleet Haven, a raised area of dunes and attempt to follow that path out to the sea.

However before we reach the sea the path fizzles out and the way becomes increasingly slippery and wet, coupled with the fact that we can’t see anyone ahead or actually know whether it is safe to continue (though Mr OS does not mark this area as a Danger Zone) we decided to turn back. Instead we find a sandy spot in the dunes to play ball and sit awhile to admire the view…

After a time we follow the path along Saltfleet Haven inland and meander our way back to the car through this rather quaint village.

How fab is this Windmill House?

A walk around Gibraltar Point….

A mostly grey day with a fresh breeze for us today. We have decided to take a walk around Gibraltar Point (Wildlife Nature Reserve) and are soon at the Gibraltar Point Beach Car Park £2 for 2 hours – don’t like paying but as we discovered last time, walking along the beach is not an option as you have to cross a wide stream – so here we are.

The car park is about half a mile walk across the Reserve to the beach.

The whole area is a mix of low dunes, marshland and ponds, a haven for wildlife and birds (many just migrating through).

Out on the beach, just sand as far as you could see – back towards Seacroft….

And forward (south) towards Gibraltar Point….

Being a Nature Reserve, it is leads on for Poppydog, which is a bit of a shame particularly as we didn’t see any flocks of birds, just the odd gull. She could still run around in circles so all was not lost. After a mile or so we arrived at the Point, looking out across miles of sand and mudflats…

Oh yes and Norfolk just visible on the other side of the Wash. On the way back, part way along the beach, we found the footpath leading us to the visitor centre.

Unfortunately the Visitor Centre was already closed for the day – ah well we are only mildly curious, and so we made our way back to the car along an inland footpath.