Old Hunstanton to Thornham by the Coast Path

The Norfolk Coast Path provides excellent walking and this linear route is easy to follow. Return to the start uses the excellent "Coast Hopper" bus service along the main road. The landscape is varied and in season you will have the opportunity to see a variety of sea birds.

Technical sheet
No. 293266
A Old Hunstanton walk posted on 04/07/16 by Walking Britain. Update : 23/12/16
Calculated time Calculated time: 2h05[?]
Distance Distance : 4.56mi
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 30ft
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 26ft
Highest point Highest point : 33ft
Lowest point Lowest point : 3ft
Easy Difficulty : Easy
Back to starting point Back to starting point : No
Walking Walking
Location Location : Old Hunstanton
Starting point Starting point : N 52.953919° / E 0.502254°
Arrival Arrival : N 52.959824° / E 0.579311°
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(D) Before starting it is worth exploring the beach area at Old Hunstanton with its cliffs comprising of layers of chalk and sandstone. To start the walk, follow the clear marked Norfolk Coast Path (an interesting walk in Norfolk) in an easterly direction with the sea to your left. Initially the path passes through sand suns dotted with beach huts so typical of this coast. On you right is a links golf course. Reaching Flaxley, the path briefly turns inland to reach a junction of paths (grid ref. TF696439. Turn left here and continue along the coast passing an area of saltmarsh to your left.

(1) The onward route passes a small plantation on your right (grid ref. TF715450) and then enters the Holme Dunes National Nature Reserve. Turning south, the path passes more saltmarsh on your right. The path bears left and then right again to join Staithe Lane. Walk south along the lane to reach a waymarked path on your left (grid ref. TF728438). Follow this path (signed Norfolk Coast Path) and continue to reach a road on the edge of Thornham village (grid ref TF733437). Bear right down this road to the main road and the end of the walk. There is a "Coast Hopper" bus stop close by for an easy return to Old Hunstanton and the start of the walk(A).

Waypoints :
D : mi 0 - alt. 30ft
1 : mi 1.93 - alt. 10ft - Pass a small plantation on your right
A : mi 4.56 - alt. 33ft

Useful Information

The North Norfolk Coast offers a variety of scenic and wildlife interest and this walk is no exception. The start is the large pay and display car park in Old Hunstanton (grid ref. TF681425) which lies a short distance off the main A149 Coast Road just east of Hunstanton. The route is easy to follow and is well-waymarked with the path along the coast being part of the Peddars Way and Norfolk Coast Path National Trail.

There is an excellent bus service operating along the A149 coast road between Sheringham and Kings Lynn. Operated by Norfolk County Council, this "Coast Hopper" service is useful for many walks as the bus route shadows the Norfolk Coast Path. This enables one way walks to be undertaken with relative ease but also means that other walks can be altered to suit your needs. The drivers are usually very helpful and will advise where you should alight.

Visorando and this author cannot be held responsible in the case of accidents or problems occuring on this walk.

Opinions and comments


Global average : 4.22/5
Number of opinions : 3
Description quality : 4.33/5
Routemap quality : 4/5
Walk interest : 4.33/5

on Mon 20 Sep 2021 12:46:13 CEST

Global average : 3 / 5

Date of walk : 18/09/21
Description quality : Average
Routemap quality : Disappointing
Walk interest : Good

The start point was very unclear and some of the signing close to Thornham also unclear.

on Mon 16 Aug 2021 22:28:00 CEST

Global average : 5 / 5

Date of walk : 16/08/21
Description quality : Very good
Routemap quality : Very good
Walk interest : Very good

Really beautiful and interesting walk. Fantastic scenery and wildlife.

on Tue 15 Sep 2020 08:53:49 CEST

Global average : 4.67 / 5

Date of walk : 12/09/20
Description quality : Very good
Routemap quality : Very good
Walk interest : Good

Very good

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