Saturday, 31 December 2011

In and around the Burnhams

We have 2 weeks off over Christmas and the New Year so we have had plenty of time for rest and relaxation and walking. Today we decided to travel up the North Norfolk Coast for about 1 hour or so and start our walk from Burnham Overy Staithe. We had roughly worked out a circular walk of just over 7 miles. On the way we stopped off at Holt and visited Byfords a deli/bakery that does great walking fodder eg. pasties, pies and cakes.



Once fully kitted up which normally means Nigel carrying mostly everything, we set off and were immediately drawn to a field running along the salt marshes with quite a few geese grazing the grass. On closer inspection with Nigel’s scope, he identified them as Brent geese (picture not very good as they were far away and the camera is on maximum zoom) visiting from Siberia for the winter after flying 2500 miles. We were pleased as we had never seen them in the flesh before. We later saw skein after skein of Pink Footed Geese arrive from the nearby salt marshes to feed on the nearby fields.




We were following part of the National Coastal Path for a little way and this was proving to be everyone else’s idea also, it was amazing the amount of people using it. However we soon lost everyone after turning off the Coastal path and walking inland.


We now headed off towards Burnham Thorpe our next destination as we wanted to visit the site of the house where one of Norfolk’s greatest and most famous hero’s was born - Lord Horatio Nelson, this made us deviate a little off our planned path but we thought no matter as it wouldn’t add on that much.



Our next stop was lunch, so we found a handy grassy bank to sit on and devoured our goodies from Byfords with Tillie & Raven looking hungrily on – don’t worry we had packed food for them too but human food always looks more tasty. After a short stop we wearily got to our feet and plodded on.



Our next stop was to have a quick look at the ruins of Burnham Norton Friary which was founded in 1241 and was thought to be the first foundation of the Carmelites or White Friars in Norfolk but was dissolved in 1538 by Henry VIII.






By now, time was pressing on and we wanted to get back to the car before dark, so we trudged on, now towards Burnham Norton village to pick up the National Coastal path again and we slowly wound our way back towards the village of Burnham Overy Staithe but it was dusk before we got back to the car.



After one detour to Nelson’s birthplace and two wrong turns, our 7 mile walk in fact turned out to be 10.75 miles!! We can now actually track our walks as I am now the proud owner of an android phone and I have downloaded My Tracks on it, which maps the walk, giving mile indications, mile per hour travelled etc.




The dogs are now tired out and after some well earned dinner (Tillie for some reason always eats her dinner half in the utility room and half in the Hall) they are now crashed out and I fear they may not be able to stay awake long enough to welcome in the New Year.


  1. Looks like you had an absolutely wonderful outing. Your android phone sounds pretty cool!

  2. Thanks for sharing your walk. That pastie looked good enough to eat:)

    Both dogs looked completely satisfied and happy to be home.

  3. What a historically beautiful walk. I would need a serious nap after that too.

  4. What a wonderful day! I know the houndies took a good nap after all that walking.

  5. Happy New Year you guys!!!! woo woo woo!

  6. Beautiful pictures and beautiful dogs! Happy New Year!

  7. Happy New Year Sara,and all the best to you and your family. Loved looking at all the lovely photos in your post.x

  8. What gorgeous pics! Ive always wanted to live in the UK, or at least visit more often and your pictures have me drooling. I love pasties too and they are VERY hard to find in the USA. Ive tried making them but its not the same

  9. Happy new year. I loved this post - what gorgeous countryside. I was a little concerned that you were having a Cornish pastie in Norfolk but then noticed the caption in the corner!

    H and Flo

  10. Happy New Year! What a nice walk, even though it was a little long. I love all the historic site that you get to visit.

  11. What beautiful pictures --- looks like a lovely place to take a walk!! Your pups are just beautiful as well.


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