Saturday, 26 June 1999

Coastwalk , Peddar's Way / Norfolk Coast Path

Sheringham → Wells-next-the-Sea

[Sunset in Sheringham]

Distance: 18.1 miles
Ascent: unknown
Duration: unknown

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My slow amble towards the Wash has become a march once more. As news of Seahenge continues to grow, I've finally been able to ascertain its location: Holme next the Sea. But it's a race against time if I'm going to see it in situ: this week the first timbers were removed despite an earlier halt to the operation. I expect that this time next week there'll be nothing to see.

Holme is maybe thirty-five miles from Sheringham, but I'm booked into the Youth Hostel for the weekend so there's a chance I might be able to get there in time.

And indeed, I made good progress today. After eighteen miles I'm half-way there, but I'm exhausted.

Today's walking has been an odd mix: long stretches of wild coastline briefly interrupted by postcard-perfect hamlets and villages with touristy names: Cley next the Sea, Blakeney, Stiffkey.

Even the quay at Wells-next-the-Sea (it seems important here to know which village names are hyphenated and which are separated by spaces)... even the quay in what is the closest approximation this part of the coast has to a town... even the quayside has a quaintness to it: a deep sigh of abandoned metal whose rust would burn gloriously on a BBC1 red-balloon station ident.

Posted by pab at 22:38