Hunstanton, Thursday 12th January 2017


I had two days off work and went to the closest coastline, Hunstanton in Norfolk.  I parked near the swimming pool on the sea front and, noticing wooden boards across the gaps in the wall closest to the sea realised that there was likely to be a very high tide.  I moved my car up a slope away from the sea, paid for a full day’s parking and set off.  It was very windy and cold and bracing, but lovely to be at the coast.  On the sea front sea shells and seaweed were strewn across the path.  I’d never noticed this before at Hunstanton and wondered if they’d been left by a high tide.  I walked onto the beach which looked a little different to how it usually does.  White stones were strewn around the beach and a man was throwing them into a pile at the foot of a cliff.  The large boulders which form a grid pattern and are usually covered in bright green seaweed in summer looked bare.

Shipwreck, Hunstanton

Shipwreck, Hunstanton

The sea was out and the metal outline of a shipwreck was showing.  This has been there for decades and is only visible at low tide but I always enjoy looking at it.  Further along the beach, past the cliffs with their dramatic horizontal stripes, was a line of sea weed and a red wellington boot.

Wellington boot and line of seaweed, Old Hunstanton

Wellie washed up on Old Hunstanton Beach, 12th January 2017

Frayed knot, Old Hunstanton

Frayed knot on Old Hunstanton beach

There were pieces of wood and a rope with a recently frayed knot on one end and the other end wasn’t attached to anything.  It looked as if there had been a very high tide.  I had a cup of tea in a pub at Old Hunstanton, talking to a woman with a dog.  I returned past a golf course, along the top of the cliffs, past the warning signs if you feel lonely please ring this number, past the white light house and bought a cheap, oversized man’s waterproof coat from a charity shop.  There weren’t any women’s ones.  It was going to be a stormy week end and I’d left my waterproof coat at home.  I also bought a hat I could tie under my chin, perfect for walking on windy days.

When I returned to my car, my parking ticket had blown away.  Stuck to the windscreen was a parking fine.  It would be halved if I paid it promptly.  So much for spending £5 on 24 hours parking. I drove to Wells-next-the-sea to spend the night at a B & B.  Flood defences were being put up, a storm surge and a very high tide were expected.

 

 

 

 

 

Categories: Coastal walking, Hunstanton

14 comments

  1. Hi Heather, and how we mderful to meet another slow coastal walker. It’s 7 years since I walked through Hunstanton, and I’m still walking. Wish you joy on your adventure and will be following your progress. Best wishes.

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  2. Love the photo of the remains of the boat!

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  3. Wow, those layered cliffs look amazing! Looks like sandstone at the bottom? I loved my coastal walk last year on the Isle of Arran in Scotland. So peaceful listening to the waves and the birds. You find the most unusual things washed up on the beach too. Very soul finding. All the best with your coastal walking, wonderful challenge.

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    • The cliffs at Hunstanton are lovely. You mentionArran. It’s a beautifuI island but I have only been there once, a few years ago, on a sailing course in a 34 ft boat from Largs, with a wonderful night sail going at 6 knots in the dark on a single tack, and seeing phosphorescence on the surface of the water in the moonlight.

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      • Wow Heather! That would have been so amazing to sail at night in the moonlight. I’d love to do that one day. If you love coastal walking you’d really love the Arran Coastal Way. The coastline changes all the time and you really feel a great sense of achievement when you look back and see the coastline you’ve just walked behind you 🙂

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      • I’m hoping to walk the Arran Coastal Way in a few months’ time. Can you recommend any guide books? When I first saw the island from the mainland I was struck with it’s beauty from a distance, but when I sailed there I mainly saw harbours, and the night time light across the sea from the lighthouse at Holy Island as there wasn’t time to walk and explore properly unfortunately.

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      • Yes, the Arran Coastal Way has just recently helped with an updated Rucksack Reader! I had the old one and I was confused at parts because some of the route had changed. You’ll have probably checked out the Arran Coastal Way website and I have posts on my blog for each day’s walking too. And a wee video 🙂 Make sure you buy the revised 2018 version: http://www.rucsacs.com/books/Arran-Coastal-Way/ 🙂

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      • Thank you, that’s very helpful. I love the photos of Arran on loveexploringscotland.wordpress.com I wish I was there now!

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  4. Heather, I walked around Arran last autumn, so you might find my blogs on coastalwalker.co.uk useful. I’m sure there are guide books too, but I didn’t use one. There is a free map you can get at the tourist office, but it’s not really detailed enough and advises you to use Ordnance Survey Maps, but the Ordnance Survey maps don’t show the Arran Coastal Way 😆! It is a beautiful island, but navigation is rather a challenge.

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