2018 national annual get together in Cromer

The annual Walkers are Welcome get together will be held in Cromer in 2018.

2018 national annual get together in CromerThe Cromer group, part of a network of more than 110 towns and villages all over Britain, will host the event on October 12th to 14th. Invitations will be sent to representatives from all accredited towns and villages.

Group members are planning a series of talks, walks and other events around town. Among these events, a reception will be held on Cromer Pier, which is owned by North Norfolk District Council and operated by Openwide. And the Council Chamber at North Norfolk District Council will be used for the Walkers are Welcome annual meeting.

Cllr Hilary Cox, a North Norfolk District Councillor and Chair of Cromer Walkers are Welcome, said: “This will be a great opportunity for local accommodation providers, restaurants, pubs, shops and attractions to increase their trade at a time of year when the town is traditionally a little quieter. Special offers, events and delegate discounts will be sure to benefit a wide range of businesses, with extra promotion from Walkers are Welcome.”

And Cllr Nigel Dixon, North Norfolk District Council Cabinet Member for Tourism, said: “Behind Cromer’s Walkers are Welcome accreditation is a lot of hard work from a dedicated team of people. Congratulations to them for attracting the annual get together, which will further raise the profile of Cromer as a destination for walkers and provide a welcome boost to the visitor economy away from the high season. It is one of North Norfolk District Council’s aims to support the visitor economy away from the main season so that businesses can benefit from increased activity during an extended season.”

Making the decision to bring the annual get together to Cromer, the national Walkers are Welcome committee in Cumbria acknowledged the hard work and achievements of the small but busy Cromer group. The group has created printed pocket walks, a town food and drink guide, window sticker and discount schemes, town information boards, footpath and signpost monitoring, negotiation with transport companies and liaison with local businesses. The latter of these led to the creation of the Walkers are Welcome beer, made by Poppyland Brewery. The group has also liaised and consulted with Town, District and County Councils.

Walkers are Welcome is a non-profit making Community Interest Company. It is a nationwide initiative, launched in 2007 to encourage towns and villages to be ‘welcoming to walkers’. Businesses, traders, organisations and individuals who would like to get involved in the October visit can contact enquiries@walkcromer.co.uk.

Beachwatch beach clean events

Beachwatch beach clean eventsVolunteer at a Beachwatch Beach Clean

Come on down to the beach!

Thousands of Beachwatch volunteers can tell you how much fun a beach clean and survey is – and how rewarding! Why not get involved?

To volunteer at a beach clean, all you need to do is find an event and sign up to attend!

There’s loads of information on what to bring and what to expect at an event in our volunteer guide. 


2017 Templewood Wetland Walk

The Templewood Walk 2017  gave a fascinating insight to this very secret corner of North Norfolk. Led by landowner and conservationist Eddie Anderson, we learned about an innovative water purification scheme which had encouraged all sorts of flora & wildlife to repopulate the area.
The Mighty River Mun threaded it’s history throughout the walk, giant leafy gunnera, swans on the little broad… and the woodlands revealed some unusual secrets including the ancient oak “story tree”.

75 Mile Challenge Walks

cromer sponsored walk

Would you like to help raise funds for the British Heart Foundation?

A new BHF fundraising group has just started up in Cromer, aiming to help win the “fight for every heartbeat”.

This is the Cromer group’s first challenge … and it’s refreshing, interesting and healthy!

cromer sponsored walk 75 miles of walks over 4 weeks is Val Smith’s bright idea – to help celebrate her 75th birthday, and to raise funds for her favourite good cause. She has been inspired by Kieran Sandwell who is walking the coast of Britain to raise funds for the BHF.  Kieran, grateful for a lifesaving heart transplant and now able to give something back, came through Cromer in February and Val accompanied him on part of his walk.

Our 75 Mile Challenge Walks range from 2 miles to 8.5 miles across countryside, along rivercromer sponsored walkbanks, through woodlands, over hills, along clifftops and beaches. There will be interesting churches to visit, perhaps a nice cafe for a rest stop, and always the glorious Norfolk views to enjoy!

These are comfortable walks and start points are accessible by car or bus. They are taking place on Wednesdays and Fridays during the day and Sunday’s in the afternoon starting on July 12th. The last walk is on Friday August 11th from Salthouse church, finishing at an exhibition of paintings and films.

Hilary Cox, Chairman of Cromer Walkers are Welcome, is joining Val on all these walks along with other members of the group. “Walking is an excellent form of exercise whether it is to get fit or stay fit, it revitalises your energy levels and although sturdy shoes are required it is not an expensive pastime. We are surrounded by wide open skies, diverse countryside and extensive well maintained footpaths.

bhf Sponsorship formCome and join us and share the fun;  


Download Sponsorship Form Here
Download Walks Schedule here

Pick up a list & sponsorship form locally from:

  • Rays News @ 1 Chapel St, Merchants Place,
  • Icarus Hines,
  • Brownes Cafe in Bond St, or
  • Henry’s Coffee Shop in Cromer, and
  • The BHF Charity Shop in Sheringham.


Donate online via justgiving.com/Val’s 75 mile challenge


download/print schedule

  • Wed. July 12 Mundesley circular 6 miles via Trunch & Giminghamcromer beach walk
    8.30am start @ Mundesley TIC car park TG311365 (Sanders Bus 5)
  • Fri. July 14
    • 1. Trunch circular 3.5 miles via farmland & woodland
      9am Start @ Trunch Crown Inn TG287348 (Sanders bus 5)
    • 2. Southrepps circular 3.5 miles via common & quiet lanes
      11.30am start @ Antingham St. Car park by social club TG260351 (bus 33, train to Gunton)
  • Sun. July 16
    • 1. Trimingham circular 2 miles via quiet Lanes, paths & tracks
      4pm start @ church TG279387 (bus 5 & 35B)
    • 2. Trimingham – Overstrand linear 2.5 miles via Coast Path
      5pm start @ church TG279387 (bus 5 & 35B) optional return O’strand – Cromer 2miles
  • Wed. July 19 Overstrand-Southrepps circular 8.5 miles via Northrepps & Southrepps,
    8am start @ Car Park TG248410
  • Fri. July 21 Cromer – Felbrigg circular 6 miles via parkland & farmland
    8am start @ Cromer TIC TG217420
  • Sun. July 23 Cromer -Happy Valley – Overstrand linear 4.5 miles via old rail route
    4pm start @ North Lodge Park optional return O’strand – Cromer 2 miles
  • salthouseWed. July 26 Cromer- Sheringham linear 6 miles via Coast Path & Roman Camp
    9am Start @ Cromer Pier (bus x44 & Coasthopper)
  • Fri. July 28 Sheringham Park circular 5 miles via parkland, woodland & coast
    9.30am start @ Sheringham Park visitor center (bus 5)
  • Sun. July 30 West Runton circular 3.5 miles via Coast Path & East Runton
    4pm start @ Water Lane car park TG185431 (bus 5, x44 & Coasthopper)
  • Wed. Aug 2 Sheringham circular 7.5 miles
    via Pretty Corner, Sher’m Park, coast path, Beeston Bump, Beeston Priory
    9.30am Start @ Priory Maze car park (bus 5, x44 & Coasthopper)
  • Sun. Aug 6 Weybourne circular 5 miles via Coast Path & Kelling Heath
    4pm start @ beach lane car park TG110436 (Bus Coasthopper)
  • Wed. Aug 9 Cley-next-Sea circular 8 miles via Glandford, Wiveton & Bayfield Estate
    8am start @ Cley village hall car park (bus Coasthopper)
  • Fri. Aug 11 Salthouse circular 3.5 miles via lanes, heath and tracks
    10am start @ Salthouse church hall car park (bus Coasthopper)


Mileages are approximate and may vary due to conditions on the day.
Walks may change if circumstances beyond our control occur.
Anyone joining a walk does so entirely at their own risk. Challenge Supported by

Crab & Lobster Walk – Sunday 21st May 2017

The scenic route from Cromer to Sheringham.

People came from all over the County and beyond, thirty five, plus four dogs. Billed as a ‘family’ walk, we were delighted to have three generations of one family join us, including Thomas at only nine months old (he didn’t walk far) We enjoyed a wonderful walk that included three of Norfolk’s highlights, Inkleborough, Steep and Beeston Hills. It should be noted that Mum carried little Tommy up two of the highest hills, but Dad took a turn, over Beeston Bump.

Our newly appointed Cromer Mayor led from the front; smart suit, polished shoes, tie, complete with Mayoral Chain, his first public engagement. Well done John Frosdick! He was not the only celebrity, we were met below Beeston Bump for the final section into Sheringham, by Norman Lamb. He found time in his busy election schedule to walk the last section, to receive a warm welcome in Sheringham.

It was not the only walk of the day, Hilary Cox completed a slightly different route, leading a Scout’s troop, all managed the walk, hills and all. Hilary, a former Cromer Mayor, chose to wear a Crab costume…did she walk sideways all the way, to ensure a neutral stance between left and right? You can read more detail about Hilary’s odyssey on WalkCromer’s website. Well done everyone.

Crab & Lobster Walk, on Sunday 21st May Crab & Lobster Walk, on Sunday 21st May

Spring Litter Pick

Our last litter pick of the weekend started with cold drizzly rain… and ended with a rainbow over the sea! Our picking groups have collected 20+ big bags of assorted nasty bits & pieces… Only took us a few hours, now some of Cromer’s paths & green spaces look a lot more clean & natural, and are a pleasure to walk.

March 4/5 2017.

BBC Breakfast Time

Today we welcomed BBC Breakfast Time reporter Tim Muffett and his cameraman (who spent most of the time walking backwards!). We walked them hither and thither in blustery weather – and gave some interesting interviews too. On the way I chatted to Billy Gaff preparing his crab boat – apparently the crabs are early this year…. another good reason to visit Cromer!

Emotional welcome as heart transplant patient Kieran reaches Cromer on round Britain walk

Kieran Sandwell with Cromer deputy mayor John Frosdick and members of the Walkers are Welcome group. Picture: DAVE ROBERTS

Kieran Sandwell with Cromer deputy mayor John Frosdick and members of the Walkers are Welcome group. Picture: DAVE ROBERTS

A heart transplant patient received a warm welcome when he arrived in Cromer on the latest leg of a 5,000 mile trek around the coast of Britain.

 Kieran Sandwell is completing the challenge to raise £100,000 for the British Heart Foundation’s (BHF) life-saving research.

Cromer deputy mayor John Frosdick joined members to the town’s Walkers are Welcome group to greet his arrival at the resort.

Mr Sandwell, from Berkhampstead in Hertfordshire was born with a heart defect called transposition of the great arteries and had a life saving transplant eight years ago.

He is due to arrive in Cley today (Monday) and is set to reach King’s Lynn on Wednesday.

Mr Frosdick said: “Kieran was very pleased with the turnout of people to see him and was quite emotional. The walk is equivalent to climbing Everest 12 times which is not something I would like to do.”

Sponsor Mr Sandwell at www.atrailoftwohearts.com

from North Norfolk News