Around Burnham Market

This Norfolk walk starts from the attractive village of Burnham Market and continues via Burnham Overy Staithe and Burnham Overy Town. There is much of interest along the route including two fine churches.

Technical sheet
No. 292934
A Burnham Market walk posted on 04/07/16 by Walking Britain. Update : 11/08/16
Calculated time Calculated time: 2h25[?]
Distance Distance : 5.03mi
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 108ft
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 85ft
Highest point Highest point : 102ft
Lowest point Lowest point : 7ft
Easy Difficulty : Easy
Back to starting point Back to starting point : No
Walking Walking
Location Location : Burnham Market
Starting point Starting point : N 52.945213° / E 0.725216°
Arrival Arrival : N 52.946834° / E 0.72511°
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(D/A) Park in Burnham Market as close to the centre as you can. From the centre take Herrings Lane on the north side of the main street and walk uphill. Just over the crest of the hill the lane bends right and you should continue ahead on the signed footpath. This goes along the side of a field with a hedge on your left and leads down to the A149 main road (grid ref. TF830434). Cross the main road to the lane opposite and walk into the attractive village of Burnham Norton. Reaching a T-junction, turn right. Ignore the footpath on your left, instead continuing ahead on a clear signed footpath to Burnham Overy Staithe.

(1) The path soon bears left across the marsh. Ahead you can see a fine windmill. After 400 metres you join the North Norfolk Coast Path which comes in from your left. Follow this path to a cross path (grid ref. TF835438). Turn left and continue to the waterfront in Burnham Overy Staithe. This was once an important port although today leisure boating dominates the scene.

(2) Continue along the harbour side road and at the far end turn right up to the main road. Cross over and continue up Gong Lane. This climbs past houses to reach open country. The track starts to descend reaching a junction of paths and tracks (grid ref. TF847431). Turn right and walk towards Burnham Overy Town. Just before reaching a road, turn left in front of some cottages and enter the church yard. The church has an unusual design and is worth a visit. There are notes about its complex history and extensions available inside the church.

(3) Leave the churchyard at the southern end on the opposite side from where you came in. Turn right along the main road (B1155). Stay on the A1155 as it turns sharp left and then sharp right to pass a large mill before crossing the River Burn. About 400 yards after the bridge take the lane on the right. This leads you past a school on the left with the interesting remains of St Mary's Carmelite Friary. There is an information board outside providing some historical details.

(4) Retrace you steps along the lane. At the end of the school property take the narrow footpath on the right. This leads up to another lane. Turn right and ahead you will see an excellent example of a round tower church. A visit is recommended as the interior is wonderful. Alongside the southern boundary of the churchyard is a track. This is Cross Lane which should be followed to a T-junction with a road. You are now back on the outward route. Turn left and descend into Burnham Market(D/A).

Waypoints :
D : mi 0 - alt. 39ft - Burnham Market
1 : mi 1.36 - alt. 13ft - Continue ahead
2 : mi 2.4 - alt. 16ft - Continue along the harbour side road
3 : mi 3.72 - alt. 30ft - Churchyard
4 : mi 4.3 - alt. 30ft - St Mary's Carmelite Friary
A : mi 5.03 - alt. 62ft

Useful Information

The area surrounding this attractive village is full of interest. Of particular note are the connections with Horatio Nelson who was born in Burnham Thorpe and developed his love of the sea in this area. The walk connects Burnham Market with Burnham Norton, Burnham Overy Staithe and Burnham Overy Town. Nowhere is the going difficult and during the walk you will see a variety of landscape and some interesting buildings including two fine churches.

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Opinions and comments


Global average : 4.25/5
Number of opinions : 4
Description quality : 4.75/5
Routemap quality : 3.75/5
Walk interest : 4.25/5

on Mon 17 May 2021 10:30:29 CEST

Global average : 4.33 / 5

Date of walk : 15/05/21
Description quality : Very good
Routemap quality : Good
Walk interest : Good

Great circular route linking 3 great Burnhams.
Peaceful and varied and perfect length.

on Mon 25 Feb 2019 18:54:37 CET

Global average : 4 / 5

Date of walk : 25/02/19
Description quality : Good
Routemap quality : Average
Walk interest : Very good

The part near the coast path not clearly described. Ended up on the marshes but good walk anyway despite retracing steps

on Wed 21 Feb 2018 20:15:03 CET

on Wed 21 Feb 2018 20:07:26 CET

The next walk I do I will remember to take photos. Sorry, none this time.

on Wed 21 Feb 2018 19:27:32 CET

Many thanks for your feedback on this walk. Please feel free to post photos if you have any too

on Mon 19 Feb 2018 17:20:30 CET

Global average : 4.33 / 5

Date of walk : 18/02/18
Description quality : Very good
Routemap quality : Good
Walk interest : Good

Great walk and fantastic views at various points. Extremely muddy at one point so would recommend wellies or gaiters.

on Mon 23 Oct 2017 15:43:16 CEST

Global average : 4.33 / 5

Date of walk : 08/10/17
Description quality : Very good
Routemap quality : Good
Walk interest : Good

A very pleasant walk through fields and quiet country roads. A blend of Norfolk fields & coastline, easy to follow.

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