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Tuesday, 31 July 2018

A Walk to Baconsthorpe Castle Walk Summary

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An easy walk to view the ruins of Baconsthorpe Castle with return route to Sheringham

The remarkable ruins of the moated and fortified 15th century manor house known as Baconsthorpe Castle lie to the south of the village of Bodham on the main A148 road close to Holt. Footpaths and lanes provide access through to this isolated wonder that lie hidden in the Norfolk landscape. The Castle is currently under the tenure of English Heritage and entry is totally free. The landscaped area is surrounded by a picturesque moat and information boards document the history of the ruin. This really is something worth visiting so allow at least an hour to peruse this piece of Norfolk history.

In order to get to the start of the walk, there is a frequent seven day a week bus service linking Sheringham and Bodham. After navigation to the ruins, the return is via the village of West Beckham where there is the Wheatsheaf pub for lunches and refreshment. A footpath leads down to the main road from where permissive paths through Sheringham Park provide an interesting and pleasant route through to Upper Sheringham. This route follows the parks Temple Walk and then continues onto Park Road to emerge back on the road at Upper Sheringham. The park is open from dawn to dusk and outside of these hours one is required to walk down the B1157 which has no pavement making a hazardous route, particularly during holiday periods.

There are pavements between Upper Sheringham and the main town and the walk ends at the bus stop adjacent to the North Norfolk Railway station.


This is a walk summary intended to provide the user with just the essential information in order to navigate the walk route. Fully detailed information notes, refreshment stops and walk features are not included in this. A full write up will be included in the near future.

Bodham to Sheringham Walk - Essential Information

Walk Statistics:

Start point
Bodham View in OS Map | View in Google Map
End Point
Sheringham View in OS Map | View in Google Map
Total Walk distance
7 miles
Walk difficulty
Footpaths and tracks with some country lanes predominate this walk. The route through Sheringham path uses permissive paths which are signposted as the Temple Walk
It should be noted that Sheringham Park is only open between dawn and dusk. For occasions outside this period or when other functions may prevent access to the park, then it will require walking down the B1157 into Upper Sheringham. There is no pavement along this road and it can be hazardous, particularly during holiday periods. Avoid if at all possible.


The following maps and services can assist in navigating this route. The links include published hard copy as well as online plots and downloadable GPX route data for importing into navigational software and apps.

Ordnance Survey Explorer Map
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Online Ordnance Survey Route
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Online OpenStreetMap Route
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Online Google Route
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ViewRanger App Route
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GPX data for route (download)

Details of Accommodation used when performing this walk


Woodhill Park CampsiteView in OS Map | View in Google Map
Located on the clifftops at East Runton, half way between Sheringham and Cromer, this highly recommended touring site is ideal for exploring North Norfolk with public transport available to many destinations from the entrance to the site.

Walk Data

Date of Walk
Walk Time
10:00 to 14:30
Griffmonster, Kat
Weather Conditions
Sunny day


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