GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Stiffkey Walks

8 miles (12.6 km)

This village in north Norfolk is in a great spot for exploring some wonderful wildlife rich marshland.
This circular walk from the village visits Salt Marshes, Stiffkey Fen, Morston and Langham. There's some marvellous coastal scenery and lots of bird life to look out for around the lagoons and wetland.
The walk starts in the village and follows tracks north to meet with the Peddars Way and Norfolk Coast Path at the Salt Marshes. Follow the waymarked trail east and it will take you to Stiffkey Fen and Morston Green. Here you pick up a country trail and follow it south to the village of Langham and Langham Hall.
From Langham you can pick up another quiet country lane and follow it north west back to Stiffkey, passing through Cockthorpe as you go.

Postcode

NR23 1AJ - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

Stiffkey OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Stiffkey Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Walks near Stiffkey

Pubs/Cafes

Back in the village you can enjoy some post walk refreshment at The Red Lion. They serve some high quality fish dishes and have a nice garden area to relax in on warmer days. You can find them at 44 Wells Rd, NR23 1AJ.

Dog Walking

The coastal and country paths make for a fine dog walk. The Red Lion mentioned above is also very dog friendly.

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

To continue your walking in the area head to the popular Blakeney Point Nature Reserve and look out for the seals!
For more walking ideas in the area see the Norfolk Walks page.

Photos

Stiffkey village sign - geograph.org.uk - 1052927

Stiffkey village sign. The colours on the beak of the tern depicted on the sign suggests that it is supposed to be a Little Tern (Sterna albifrons), of which there is a nesting colony on the nearby marshes. This sign is at the eastern entrance to the village, on the green in front of Camping Hill.

Stiffkey fen and saltmarshes beyond - geograph.org.uk - 1024622

Stiffkey fen and saltmarshes beyond. The fields are rolling down towards the coast where they are met by marshland and the North Sea. The wetland seen in mid distance is Stiffkey fen which is populated by many migrating birds - the honking of wild geese could clearly be heard; this wetland is located just north of the A149 (Morston Road). Stiffkey saltmarshes can be seen beyond; dunes and the North Sea can be glimpsed on the horizon.

Track across the saltmarsh - geograph.org.uk - 952596

Track across the saltmarsh. Together with a few bridges, this gets you out to a sandy beach beyond the saltmarsh.

Coastal Path north of Stiffkey - geograph.org.uk - 1389248

Coastal Path north of Stiffkey. Part of the Norfolk Coast Path, which is designated as a bridleway along this section.

Left for Morston - geograph.org.uk - 1024587

Left for Morston. The former service road (or runway) of Langham airfield now provides access to the poultry sheds seen in the distance (at right). The public footpath leading to Morston turns off in northwesterly direction (at left). This area once used to be part of Langham airfield which was opened at the beginning of WWII as a second satellite airfield for Bircham Newton. During its first two years of operation the airfield was fairly quiet with target towing and air-sea rescue operations being conducted together with some anti-shipping operations performed by a detachment of Fleet Air Arm Swordfish aircraft. In 1942 its status was raised to that of an independent station and for the next 16 months it was closed for a major expansion which included the laying of concrete runways, perimeter tracks and dispersals. Presently the former airfield is used as a poultry farm. One of the most important relics of its military past is the so-called Langham Dome, a former training facility, which still stands near the airfield.

Airfield Dome Trainer at Langham - geograph.org.uk - 1024546

Airfield Dome Trainer at Langham This black domed building is Langham Airfield Dome Trainer, one of around 40 structures of this kind which were built during WWII. Only a few of these buildings have survived and this particular one now is a Scheduled Ancient Monument. It is located beside the road connecting Langham with the village of Cockthorpe, further to the northwest, on the site of the former airfield near the village of Langham, and it was used by the Royal Air Force to train their squadrons in the operation of an anti-aircraft gun by using film projection techniques. The first squadrons stationed there were 455 Royal Australian Air Force and 489 Royal New Zealand Air Force. It fell into disrepair after the war and none of the interior remains. In 1961, turkey-giant Bernard Matthews purchased the land including the dome but is planning to donate the building and half-an-acre of surrounding land to the North Norfolk Historic Buildings Trust who plan to conserve the structure and restore the interior to demonstrate its original use.

The village of Cockthorpe - geograph.org.uk - 1024596

The village of Cockthorpe. The transmitter, located just east of the village, can be seen at left; the tower of All Saints church can be glimpsed above the trees at right. This view was taken from the public footpath to Morston which leads across higher ground; it is adjoined by a large cultivated field (seen in the foreground) and offers good views in all directions.

Stiffkey Old Hall - geograph.org.uk - 582250

Stiffkey Old Hall. Taken from over the churchyard wall of St John the Baptist. This Elizabethan Grade II* listed structure, is composed of an extraordinary array of restored buildings, gardens and ruins (including four round towers). It is now undergoing an extensive restoration.

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GPS Files

GPX File

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Memory Map Route

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