Walk distance: about 4.5 miles
Difficulty: Easy- moderate (some wirey walking over Brancaster marsh and some incline walking)
Pub stop: Yes- The White Horse at Brancaster
Starting point: St Mary’s Church, Burnham Deepdale on the A149
Download the route map here.
Burnham Deepdale is a lovely little village on the North Norfolk Coast. The beach is more marshy than most, so isn’t suitable for running along the beach, but it has some exquisite scenery.
Just opposite the row of shops and petrol station on the A149 in Burnham Deepdale is a service road where you can park your car for free all day.
From here, walk along the road back towards the shops and turn right down The Drove. Follow this road down until you reach a small track towards the beach. Follow this taking in the beautiful views until you reach a harbour- this is Brancaster harbour. You will know you have arrived because of the big bouy that says Brancaster on it!
Keep walking along the coast path a little further until you reach the next turn off point which should be for the Brancaster Roman Fort. There are two fields to cross through (including the Brancaster Roman Fort). You will know you are there when you see the information panels.
Cross the A149, turn left and walk for a short while until you see Green Common Lane on your right hand side. Follow this road up until it bears to the left, and then follow the signs for Barrow Common. Follow the well sign posted path round which will take you through a small wooded area- when you reach the higher parts of the common you will see some fantastic views of the coastline.
At the end of the wooded section you will come to a road- Common Lane. Follow this all the way down until it joins the A149 again. You will see the Jolly Sailor pub on your right hand side. The Jolly Sailor is a dog friendly pub, but we walked down to The White Horse which I highly recommend. The food is divine and the views are amazing. There is seating outside which looks out over the beach, but if you are visiting when it is a bit colder dogs are also allowed in the bar.
When you have finished at The White Horse, simply carry on walking down the A149 for five minutes or so and you will reach the starting point.