260. Lowestoft to Great Yarmouth

One of the things I have learned in walking the coast, is to not be governed by doing the maximum walking distance in a single day. Sometimes it is sensible to walk between sections that have reasonable transport links,even if that means walking a much shorter distance; and so this was to be such a day. Of course the opposite can also be required, that is, walking a much longer section to bridge any public transport gaps.

Leaving my hotel at 5:15 in the morning I dumped my bags in the car, which I would leave in Great Yarmouth, and head for the bus station to catch the 06:02 #1 bus to Lowestoft. Surprisingly, the bus was quite busy, with most people off to work in Lowestoft. I left the bus station in Lowestoft and headed down the High Street towards the bridge over the Inner Harbour. Here I turned left and headed alongside the Waveney Dock, the Hamilton Dock and on through a run down industrial area. I emerged near a single wind turbine at Ness Point, the most easterly point of the UK.

I carried on along a sea wall until Gunton Downs where the sea wall stopped and I continued over short grassy dunes towards another sea wall. With the tide in I could see there may be issues with continuing along the beach. I spoke to a local who said I could get around the headland that I was approaching, but further along the coast I would need to climb up the cliff face by means of a set of steep metal steps into Corton. This I did and emerged on a road running through the village. As I left the village I attempted to get back to the cliff top footpath, however, a warning sign, advised that the footpath had no through route because of cliff falls. I continued along the road and took another footpath heading towards Corton Cliffs. Again I met warning signs of no through route, but chose to ignore them, following a well trodden path on the fringe of a holiday camp. I could see recent cliff falls and the erection of new fencing. It seems that many others were still using the cliff-top path. When I came to an old firing range I thought I would struggle to find a way through, but I could see that other walkers I had simply walked around the perimeter. Indeed I soon meet a dog walker who said I would have no problem getting onto Hopton, my next destination.

Lowestoft railway station
At The Ness – most easterly point in UK
Heading across Gunton Dunes
Climbing metal steps up to Corton village
Recent cliff falls near Hopton-on-Sea

I was soon descending into Hopton-On-Sea with Great Yarmouth visible in the distance. With the tide still in I opted to walk along the cliff-top, but soon had a choice to make; continue along a narrow strip of sand that was very soft or follow an alternative footpath alongside the adjacent golf course. I chose the landward footpath, which emerged at the south end of Gorleston-on-Sea. Here I transferred back to the sea wall, which continued onto the mouth of the River Yare. Stopping only for cup of coffee on the sea wall I was soon walking the quays of the River Yare on the opposite side to Great Yarmouth. The remainder of the walk was along busy roads heading towards the Haven Bridge and the end of the walk.

Gorleston Beach
Gorleston Rear Range lighthouse
On The Haven Bridge looking down the River Yare

Distance today =  12 miles
Total distance = 4,647 miles





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