East Anglian Coastal Walks, 2017 and 2018, with a few detours!

I want to walk around the coast  in a clockwise direction, although my first few walks aren’t in this sequence. I spent a lot of childhood weekends and holidays in or near boats on the Norfolk and Suffolk coast and want to revisit the coast a few decades later as a walker, at a leisurely pace. My first recent walk was at Hunstanton, where my father used to sail a Mirror dinghy he glued together inside our house, and where I used to walk my collie on the sandy beach.When I was a child my father had a bilge keel boat, Layon, at Wells-next-the Sea. The two keels allowed it to stand upright in the sand or mud at low tide, and we’d float out to sea at high tide. I was always embarassed by the name of the boat, but it was named after a quote from Shakespeare’s Macbeth, “Layon Macduff”.  The boat was traded in for a slightly larger and wider boat, with a single keel which was moored in deeper water, between Cleopatra’s Disco and the Royal Norfolk and Suffolk Yacht Club in Lowestoft.  This was called Grouch, which most people called “grouch”, and was allegedly the first name of Lady Macbeth.

I missed the mudflats and pine forest of Wells-next-the-sea and it was difficult to sleep with the noise of the disco next to my father’s next boat when it was moored in Lowestoft!  In my late teens I started to complain about having to spend yet another weekend sailing at the seaside, but years later miss sailing, being at the coast and my father.  I have made friends with some amazing walkers, three beautiful, strong and very kind women and several men who scramble up rocks like mountain goats. Although I will mainly be walking around the coast on my own, I hope they will join me on some of my walks.

Thursday 12th January 2017

Walk 2 Thursday the 12th

Friday the 13th January 2017

Saturday 14th January 2017

Saturday 20th of January 2017, Old Hunstanton to Brancaster

Saturday 28th of January, Old Hunstanton to Brancaster again, with 2 people and a dog!

A forgotten walk in 2017 from Brancaster to Holkham

February walks, Stiffkey to Cley-next-the-sea, Cley-next-the-sea to Sheringham, back to fill in the gap, walking from Holkham to Stiffkey

Cromer to Overstand on cliff tops and back on beach, 4th March 2017

10 Norfolk coastline surprises

Sheringham to Overstrand 11th March 2017

Walking around Cromer Sunday 12th of March 2017

Overstrand to Bacton, Sunday 19th March

Bacton to Winterton-on-sea, Monday 20th March 2017

Winterton-on-sea to Caister-on-sea, Tuesday 21st March 2017

Caister-on-sea to Gorleston-on-sea, Wednesday 22nd March 2017

Final Norfolk walk over the border to Lowestoft in Suffolk, Thursday 30th March 2017

Lowestoft to Southwold, Saturday the 1st of April 2017

Aldeburgh to Thorpness and back, Sunday 2nd April 2017

My favourite beach huts

Collapsing cliffs, Norfolk and Suffolk

Memories of last summer, Cromer to Weybourne walk on the cliff tops

Southwold to Dunwich via a rowing boat 15th April 2017

Two repeated walks from Dunwich 22nd and 23rd April 2017

Inland detour, Stumpshore Fen, Norfolk, 28th April 2017

Suffolk Coastal Path, inland detour, Snape Maltings to Boyton, 30th April 2017

Felixstowe, the wrong kind of adventure, May the 1st 2017, but good news on the 10th of June!

Another inland detour from the Suffolk Coastal Path, in search of Saxons, Saturday 6th May.

A walk of towers; The Naze, Walton-on-the-Naze, Frinton-on-sea to Clacton-on-sea, Sunday 7th May 2017

Harwich, 7th May 2017, defeated by the cold weather

Mersea Island, one of several islands I love, 11th May 2017

Piers in East Anglia

A week’s sailing around the Hebrides. Journey to Mallaig and losing my cheese and pickle sandwich!

Mallaig Harbour to Soay by boat and on to South Uist, 20th and 21st of May 2017, my bucket list.

South to North Uist by boat, 21st and 22nd of May 2017

North Uist to the Shiant Islands, to see puffins, May 2017 and to look for the imaginary blue men of the Minch

Sailing from the Shiant Isles to Loch Torridon, Knoydart peninsular walk, May 2017

Back to Norfolk, Old Hunstanton to Burnham Deepdale walk and Blakney boat trip to seals, June 30th 2017

18th August 2017 Wells-next-the-sea, Norfolk, short walk to avoid storm, YHA to the beach and back

Shotley peninsular walk to Pin Mill, Saturday 30th September 2017

Lowestoft to Southwold on the beach, Tuesday 31st October 2017

Seals again, south Norfolk beach! 9th December 2017

Puffins, seals, friends and glamping, the best bits of 2017


2018 New Year’s Day, Circular walk around Dunwich, Suffolk

Mayland to Maldon, January 13th 2018, a walk which started with a police escort and ended in the dark

Beautiful big boats, with wooden masts and sails

The longest pleasure pier in the world, Southend-on-sea, Saturday 27th January 2018

Walking above water, a few piers of Norfolk, Suffolk and Essex

Sheringham Scira Viking Festival, 17th February 2018

The strangest beach in Suffolk, remembering two walks from Lowestoft to Southwold in 2017.

Snow on the beach, Hunstanton, Tuesday 27th February 2018, back to where I started walking the Norfolk Coastal Path last year

Out of this world, an every day object from a strange angle, responding to a challenge to view something from a different angle

Lovely lighthouses

Maylandsea to Bradwell-on-sea, 10 miles, 2 owls, an accidental slide in the mud and visit to a Saxon chapel, Saturday 10th March 2018

Twisted trees, Suffolk and Essex coastline

East Anglian wooden dinghies

Tollesbury Marshes circular walk, about 7 miles, crab and winkle line and Curley’s Perch, Saturday 24th March 2018

Two Tree Island and Leigh on sea, Essex, third time lucky, Sunday 25th March 2018

Snowy Sidmouth to Brandy Head and back without a hat, Devon, Saturday 28th April 2018

Beer Youth Hostel to Seaton, back to Youth Hostel, back to seafront pub in Beer and back to the Youth Hostel! Short walk in Devon, Saturday 31st March 2018

Dengie Peninsular, near Burnham on Crouch to St Peter Ad Murum, Thursday 19th April 2018

Short 5 mile walk, return to Suffolk, Snape to Iken Church and back, Friday 20th April 2018

Another short 5 mile walk, return to Suffolk, Aldeburgh to Thorpness and back, Saturday 21st April 2018

Back to Dunwich, Walberswick and Southwold circular walk, Sunday 22nd April 2018 

Dogs I’ve met on my seaside walks 

Walking disasters

Circular bike ride from Burnham-on-Crouch, Essex, Saturday 16th June 2018, about 21 km.

A barefoot walk, a mackerel sky and nearly moving to the coast, Saturday 23rd June 2018

Dorset in a heatwave, Saturday 7th of July

England in the World Cup or an easy walk to the Old Harry Rocks? July 2018 

2018 Walking highlights 

I am a Viking!

Back to the Dengie Hundred, North Fambridge to Burnham-on-Crouch, approximately 10 miles next to the River Crouch

Horses I’ve met on the East Anglian coast

A broken Viking shoe on the Saxon shore, Sunday 2nd September, Gillingham and Chatham  

Isle of Thanet, Birchington station to Herne Bay station, Monday 3rd September 2018, approximately 15 kms 

Ramsgate royal harbour to Margate station walk, Tuesday 4th September 2018 

Leaving East Anglian wide skies 

Reculver, Saxon Shore, Wantsum Walk and Nevergong campsite, A 10 mile walk in Kent, Saturday 15th September 2018. 

My favourite seaside art seen on my coastal walks 

My Five Favourite Coastal Ruins 

Happiness is a day on Holkham beach Saturday 29th September 2018 

Two poems with a coastal theme I’ll be reading on National Poetry day, 4th October 2018.

Remembering seal pups born in the winter of 2017, Norfolk 

Halloween walk to a vanished town, 31st October 2018

Towers I’ve enjoyed visiting on the Eastern side of the English coast. 

I sailed from France to Dorset on an old wooden boat, a couple of years ago 

A walk to see seals, starting with a fish pie in a Norfolk beach cafe, Friday 16th November 2018 

Another 10 mile walk to visit seal pups, 1st December 2018 

2018 Hopscotch of Coastal Walks in Six Counties

A friend challenged me to walk 1,000 miles in 2018 

New Year’s Eve 2018, a return to Pin Mill on the River Orwell, Suffolk


Slight inland detour to Canterbury cathedral, Saturday 12th January 2019

The walk with two big mistakes, Deal towards Dover, January 13th 2019

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