Sunday afternoon at National Trust: Sheringham Park – Our first time visiting.

Ready for the walk!

The kids were ready for a walk! This weekend, National Trust offered FREE admission to over 200 places nationwide as part of a membership push and here in East Anglia, we had a few choices.

We didn’t want to go as far as Blickling Hall, Garden & Park (but I really do want to go there soon), so we had to choose between Felbrigg Hall, Garden & Park or Sheringham Park.  As Nils & Maebh had never been to Sheringham Park before we thought we’d go there.  Soren and I were there one time for the Animal Tracking event but didn’t explore the park beyond the trails, which we were lead on by Ranger Rob. 

There was no one at the gate checking our print out so not sure what the point was in filling out the form and bringing it in.  But now as I looked at the list again, Sheringham Park was not included. I guess they were offered admission into the Halls (enormous homes) located on the participating properties and where Sheringham Hall is private, it didn’t count?  Glad we didn’t get a parking ticket!

 

Sheringham Park is known for its landscape park and woodland garden with miles of amazing coastal views towards Weybourne.   It is also famous for its vast collection of rhododendrons and azaleas, which will be in full bloom in mid-May.   It has a huge house, a coach house, and this really cute lodge house at the entrance to the park.

Cute, but small coach house at the entrance to the park.

As we had never been there before, we walked on the blue trail and walked and walked until we made it to the first viewpoint.  After climbing up the first viewpoint, we determined this was not the “famous” view, so we moved on and kept following the blue trail and climbing a bunch of trees.

Always trying to climb a tree!

 

Of course this tree would be climbed up!

 

 

A hollow tree, which was still alive!

View of Weybourn

 

 

 

 

 

 

After climbing nearly every tree, we eventually got to the Gazebo and there was a LOT of stairs… but the view was wonderful, and while out of breath and tired, it was well worth it.  Now if we can time it with the train from Sheringham to Holt next time, I’ll be even happier.  At least we did get to see one train when down below.

Not my photo – but had to show you the steps!!

 

 

At the top!
At the top!

 

 

You know the phrase, “the way back is always shorter”?  Well, that is how we (or maybe just me) felt yesterday. The walk home was an adventure.  Soren was so angry that I didn’t allow him to walk over the cattle gate.  Nils & Maebh were far ahead and I didn’t want to risk a fall and then have a boy with a broken ankle.  In the photo, you can see where he is very angry with me.

 

We also really wished we had Maebh’s buggy with us, as her little legs were so tired, she kept asking to go on Nils’ shoulders.  Which would be fine, but his knee was killing him already and here weight didn’t help.

We managed to get back fine, a stop at The Bower section to play with the stick art, and see if any frogs were in the pond, before heading home.

 

 

 

I think we did about 4 miles in all.  It was a great bit exercise for all of us and the kids slept through the night perfectly. Once again, a nice, dry & sunny day in North Norfolk = Long walks for us!!

This Coast Alive Walks in Sheringham & Cromer PDF offers tons of various walk ideas.  Some we’ve done already and some for us to tackle.

 

 

 

 

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