Guided Walks of Overstrand

Tim Bennett – Guide

A NEW Accessible Guided Walk of Overstrand led by Tim Bennett following the successful Guided Walks of 2017 & 2018

  • Walks last 2 hours
  • Explore the ‘Village of Millionaires’
  • The Importance of the Railway
  • Famous residents of Overstrand
  • Impact of the Great War on the Village
  • Poppyland & Clement Scott


Guided Walks – £5.00 (U-16’s Free) All walks depart and culminate at The Belfry Centre, 23A Cromer Road, Overstrand, NR27 0NT (next door to The Belfry School)

Dates of Walks

  • Wednesday 26th June – 1.30-3.30pm (1.15pm Meet)
  • Wednesday 3rd July – 1.30-3.30pm (1.15pm Meet)
  • Wednesday 10th July – 1.30-3.30pm (1.15pm Meet)
  • Wednesday 17th July – 1.30-3.30pm (1.15pm Meet)
  • Wednesday 24th July – 1.30-3.30pm (1.15pm Meet)

The Belfry Centre for Music & Arts
23A Cromer Road,
Overstrand, Norfolk,
NR27 0NT

Tel – 01263 579196
Mob – 07763 339052

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Weekend Walks 2019

weekend walksSaturday 23 March Cromer – Overstrand

  • 12 noon: From pier, clifftop & beach walk to Overstrand and back (4.5 miles)

Sunday 4 May Cromer – Sheringham

  • 1.30pm: From Crab & Lobster Festival field (4.5 miles)

Saturday 27 July Cromer – Felbrigg

  • 12 noon: From Cromer Information Centre and back (6 Miles)

Saturday 26 October Cromer – Overstrand

  • 12 noon: From Community Hall; 1.30pm From Belfry Overstrand for village tour

Sunday 8 December Weybourne Circular

  • 10.30am beach car park & back (5.5 miles)

Join us for some informal group walks There will be a walk leader but you will be taking part at your own risk. Wear suitable clothing, take water. hot drink & snack. Some walks will stop at a cafe for a break and refreshment. Numbers arc limited, so please arrive 10 mins early to sign in. Walks are free, though we welcome contributions for our chosen charity (British Heart Foundation)

Walk Cromer’s 2019 AGM. Thursday 14th March at The Cliftonville Hotel

Please arrive at 6.30pm for a 7pm start.

WAW AGM invite

This year we have invited Deborah Brookes to come and talk to you about “England’s Great Walking Trails.” This exciting project has secured £1m in funding from the Discover England Fund to promote walking holiday packages to visitors from Germany, the Netherlands and the USA. The Norfolk Coast Path is one of 7 participating National Trails in England.

If you are an accommodation provider, pub, food and drink provider, attraction or tour operator on the Norfolk Coast Path you may be interested to find out from Deborah how you can sign up to the international supplier trade directory and how to access the online business development resources available to help you develop your business for international walkers!

Please come along and find out about what Walk Cromer has planned for 2019, how you could be involved and how it might benefit your business!

Walk Cromer Bag

walk cromer bagA brilliant Christmas stocking substitute, holds loads of lovely gifts, can be used through-out the year for shopping, carrying down to the beach, holding craft supplies etc.

This generously sized canvas shopper (36 x 36 x 24cm) has our logo on one side and is plain on the other.

£4.50 from Cromer Information Centre

(£8 inc p&p, cheque or PO to “Cromer WAW” c/o 61 Clifton Park, Cromer NR27 9BG)

Walkers are Welcome National Conference 12-14 October 2018

Annual National Walkers are Welcome Get Together and AGM a real success for Cromer

A group of people walking is known as an amble, but at this weekend’s Walkers are Welcome annual national get together in Cromer the pace was certainly not slow, and the weekend clearly showed the passion there is for walking.

60 delegates came from across the country to Cromer for a packed itinerary showing off the best of the town and area; delegates came from near and as far afield as Ross-on-Wye, Moffat, Kirkby Stephen and Henley-on-Thames. The wonderful mix of delegates all brought a strong view with them: “walking is good for all and their locales are set up to welcome walkers”. They all took home the knowledge that the walking around Cromer is worth travelling for, and the town is a somewhere special. The objective for Walk Cromer, the local organising team, was that delegates took home the message that Cromer was worth the journey: mission accomplished!

Over the weekend there were informal walks for all to enjoy, and organised walks to show the breadth of the interesting features around Cromer. Martin Warren led people on his amazing geology walk showing the depth of the history we have to offer, Tim Bennett led his moving walk around Overstrand, Malcolm English took groups on a photography walk around town, and Alan Tutt took people around the war history of Cromer. Rob Spray told of the unique chalk reef and a journey through its beauty, a real hidden gem.

Thanks to Richard Leeds and the Lifeboat team who led a group to watch and photograph the launch of the lifeboat on Sunday morning and explained the workings to the attendees. Gina Bradbury and Debbie North shared their journey putting together their online Outdoor Guide and their mixed experiences of making walking, and other elements of the outdoor experience, accessible to those who need wheels to get around.

At the Friday evening reception on the pier, over supper at the Old Rockshop Bistro on Friday and at the conference dinner, hosted at the Cliftonville, attendees took the opportunity to discuss walking in a more informal setting and share ideas for promoting the wider elements of walking and the challenges in their own areas.

“There are so many people to thank for helping across the weekend,” said Gemma Harrison in the local organising team, “from both the District and Town councils, to the businesses who supported the event and all the people across Cromer who made the attendees so welcome”. Some delegates the opportunity to make the conference weekend an opportunity to visit more of the area and had spent the previous week exploring and all reported the amazing welcome from the area, it’s people and facilities. “All the feedback we have had suggests delegates will be returning to Cromer, and will be recommending Cromer to friends and colleagues back home,” said Gemma.

Walkers are Welcome is a network of more than 100 towns & villages all over Britain.

Each destination has created its own unique offering based on its countryside assets, and on the community led group who run the project locally. Some offer guided walks and events throughout the year, others offer web based help and information.

The Cromer Walkers are Welcome volunteers aim to help walkers with interesting printed guides and maps around town. They also check & report on local footpaths and make it easier for walkers themselves to report problems. They are also involved in consultations with councils and other relevant bodies regarding developments and plans which may concern walkers.

Anyone wishing to join the small team of volunteers should contact Gemma at

Hilary’s Hike 4 Heart

hilary cox - hike 4 heartJoin Hilary for any section of this walking & cycling challenge around the county on the wonderful Norfolk Trails network raising vital funds for the BHF

Starting & finishing on Cromer Pier from Sunday 30th September at 11am, finishing on Wednesday 10th October. Walks vary in length from 7 to 15 miles per day or cycling from 20 to 30 miles per day

Donations to:

or contact Hilary for more information on how you can get involved:

bhf-wahilary's hike 4 heart



  • 30 Sept: Cromer – Felbrigg – Aldborough Walking
  • 1 Oct: Aldborough – Blickling – Aylsham Walking
  • 2 Oct: Aylsham – N. Walsham – Waxham Cycling
  • 3 Oct: Waxham – Winterton – Gt. Yarmouth Walking
  • 4 Oct: Gt Yarmouth – Beccles – Bungay Electric bike
  • 5 Oct: Bungay – Diss – Knettishall Heath Electric bike
  • 6 Oct: Knettishall Heath – Castle Acre Cycling
  • 7 Oct: Castle Acre – Burnham Deepdale Cycling
  • 8 Oct: Burnham Deepdale – Wells Walking
  • 9 Oct: Wells – Weybourne Walking
  • 10 Oct: Weybourne – Cromer Walking


Guided Walks of Overstrand


A Guided Walk of Overstrand Tim Bennett – Guide

Tim is hosting a series of Guided Walks around Overstrand, exploring the unique heritage of the village linked to the Great War. Seeing the houses and buildings which are linked to the men and women of the village who served in the Great War. Each walk will begin and end at The Belfry Centre in Overstrand. It will last about 90 minutes and involve a walk of around 1.5 miles on a trail that includes the churchyard, Harbord Road (Gunton Terrace), the holiday home of Winston Churchill and the homes linked to Overstrand’s Great War families.

Guided Walks – £5.00 (U-16’s Free)

All walks depart and culminate at The Belfry Centre, 23A Cromer Road, Overstrand, NR27 ONT (next door to The Belfry School) Please arrive 15 minutes before the walk is due to start


  • Wednesday 11th: 1.30pm – 3pm
  • Tuesday 17th: 10am – 11.30am
  • Monday 23rd: 10am – 11.30am


  • Wednesday 1st: 1.30pm – 3pm
  • Friday 3rd: 1.30pm – 3pm
  • Wednesday 8th• 10am – 11.30am
  • Thursday 9th: 1.30am – 3pm
  • Tuesday 21st: 10am – 11.30am


Tel: 01263 579196

Norfolk Walking and cycling festival 2018

You’re invited to Norfolk’s 4th annual Walking and Cycling Festival.  There will be events for all ages and abilities throughout October 2018.

The programme of events will be released in May.

In the meantime please visit to find out about other cycling and walking events that are taking place around the county.

If you are interested in submitting an event for the 2018 contact us at

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