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Morston Salt Marshes from Morston Quay

Norfolk Walk

County/Area - Norfolk

Author - Lou Johnson

Length - 2.5 miles / 4.1 km    Ascent - 40 feet / 12 metres

Time - 1 hours 20 minutes    Grade - easy

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Walk Route Description

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This short route explores parts of the Morston Salt Marshes that are accessible on foot. The route starts from Morston Quay visitor centre (Grid ref. TG006442) which is signed from the A149 Cromer to Hunstanton road in the centre of Morston village. The walk is subject to tides and maybe wet underfoot. Times of tides are available locally and the walk should not be attempted on a rising tide as there is a danger that you may be cut off or stranded. It must also be stressed that this walk should not be attempted in mist or poor visibility as the lack of landmarks on the marshes can be disorientating.

From Morston Quay visitor centre, which offers refreshments in season, cross the parking area to walk alongside the jetties from where the boats depart for the seal trips. Cross the first footbridge and keeping the jetties on your right continue to another bridge. Cross this and walk ahead towards the South Side of the Blakeney Channel. Ahead, across the Channel, lies the former Blakeney Point Lifeboat House, which is now used by the National Trust.

The path ahead gradually fades. However, a clearer path turns west (left) and continues across the marshes to Morston Meals where an indistinct path bears left inland towards the Norfolk Coast Path. Make a note of this point and continue straight ahead to reach the shore (MHW). Depending on the season you will no doubt encounter a wide variety of birds who use this area and occasionally seals.

You will reach a point when you can make no further progress. Turn around here and walk back to the path junction identified above. Turn right (inland) and walk across Morston Greens to reach the Norfolk Coast Path. Turn left along this National Trail following the clear waymarks back to the Visitor Centre at Morston Quay, which is a useful landmark.

Note - It is worth noting that there is an excellent bus service operating along the A149 coast road between Sheringham and Kings Lynn. Operated by Norfolk County Council, this 'Coast Hopper' service is useful for many walks as the bus route shadows the Norfolk Coast Path. This enables one way walks to be undertaken with relative ease but also means that other walks can be altered to suit your needs.

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