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Saturday, 28 July 2018

Cromer to Hopton 40 mile Challenge Walk

Salt marsh

Extensive full day hike around the eastern section of the Norfolk Coast Path

This walk should only be undertaken by experienced long distance walkers or those who have specifically trained for such a feat. This specific route was undertaken from 5am with a high tide around 6am. This allowed for a beach walk from Waxham through to Caister as an alternative to the official dunes paths. A support car was employed to provide the return journey and offer assistance in case of emergency.


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.

Cromer to Hopton Walk - Essential Information

Walk Statistics:

Start point
Cromer View in OS Map | View in Google Map
End Point
Hopton View in OS Map | View in Google Map
Total Walk distance
40 miles
Walk difficulty
Clifftop footpaths, beach walking and some road walking. The beach can be accessed throughout depending upon tide and provides alternative to the official path.
Check tide times to determine whether beach is accessible. Parts of the official path use the beach and these should be accessible at all times apart from excessively high tides or storm surges. Adhere to diversions; the coast is subject to constant erosion and diversions are regularly encountered particularly around the Happisburgh area. Stay away from cliff edges, and keep to the landward side of any cracks along cliff top paths.


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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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
05:00 to 19:30
Griffmonster, Helen, Ed
Weather Conditions
Overcast throughout most of the day


  1. We live in Hopton-on-Sea and were on the beach when you all finished. Congratulations !

    1. thank you - it is quite a challenge but well worth the effort


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