A weekend without the littlies saw Reenie and I do something we had our hearts on for a while.  Nothing rude now, this is after all a family show.  We wanted to walk from Holkham to Burnham Overy Staithe.  We had walked from Holkham to Wells on a couple of occasions (turning right at Holkham Beach) but today we were going to turn left!  The Wells walk and back is about 3 to 3.5kms, the Burnham walk is about 7kms according to the signs so it was something we wanted to do without the littlies in tow.

We headed out as soon as Reenie was back from Lowestoft and arrived at Holkham by about midday.  The weather was not with us today and while it wasn’t raining the strong breeze was enough to make you forget it was June!  While more or less everyone were in coats, scarves and in some cases gloves….Reenie and I were in shorts and hoodies!

We headed out onto the beach and straight away you are hit with the sheers expanse of the beach.  People in small groups walking about almost seem ant-like on the vast sands.  After clearing the woods on our left we made our way down to the water across some small channels of sea water.  We were not wasting any time so we soon warmed up as we strode along.  Walking along by the water it did make us aware that we were not entirely sure at what point we were to head inland to pick up the return path!   We managed in our efforts to walk right to the main channel of water that leads out of Burnham Overy Staithe and only turned round to head back because we had to.  We would have ended up in the water otherwise.  By the this time we had been walking for about 2 hours with a short stop to much on the Team GB stalwart of home made packed lunch!  Despite the weather we were able to take some very interesting photos particularly of a massive line of broken shells washed up on the beach.  You can see how far the water comes in when you see the shells all in a line across the beach…

As we looped round the headland and walked back on the other side of the dunes, a gentleman we passed gave us directions to head for to pick up the path back to Holkham.  The walk back would be easier as the ground was firmer and we would be sheltered from the wind by the dunes on our left hand side….  We did come across a few rabbit holes as we traversed the grassy dunes on our return journey but was more striking were the sheer number of dead bunnies we saw.  There must have been a lot of rabbits about when it was quiet for there to be so many non living ones lying about…

We soon picked up the official coastal path and after about 4 hours of walking we arived back at the car having walked not 7 kms but actually just short of 7 miles.  We stopped in the Victoria pub for a refreshing drink and after a quick shop at the Adnams Cellar shop we headed back home for pizza and wine…