Norfolk Coast Path

This week’s #frifotos* theme is horizons. My thoughts immediately go to water – and ships in the distance. But then they wander – my thoughts, that is – to a slightly modified version: the boats along the coast of Norfolk.

The Norfolk Coast Path is part of a national trail running from Hunstanton to Sheringham, 150 km total, with an incredibly varied landscape: rivers and valleys, windmills and villages with quirky and quintessentially English names like Wells-next-the-Sea or Burnham Overy Staithe. There’s farmland and little harbours, cliffs and ocean, beaches, dunes and marshes.

Notice the fishing boats on the horizon? A few years ago, I walked parts of Norfolk Coast Path and I was oddly mesmerised by these boats looking forlorn and out of their element, just waiting for the water to return. I took this photo near Brancaster.

The area is designated as AONB (Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty). Not everything along Norfolk Coast Path is pretty, though: loose, corrugated iron flaps on ramshackle buildings, rusty tin roofs look like they’ll cave in any moment – and some of the boats have definitely seen better years. But that’s hardly nature’s fault. And even these less-than-stunning bits lend an interesting air to the walk.

Norfolk Coast Path is an easy and very accessible hike, whether you walk the entire length or just parts of it. The Coasthopper bus follows the path fairly closely (half-hourly in summer), so you can walk one way and take the bus back – or simply hop on the bus if you get tired of walking. Couldn’t be easier.

If you’re in England and tempted to give it a go, there’s heaps more information to be found at the official website.

Norfolk Coast Path is just one of many wonderful walks in Britain. Have you tried any of them?

*#FriFotos is a weekly Twitter chat where travellers share their favourite photos. Each week has a theme.