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28 August 2002 1617 BST
Norfolk walks: Discover the Burnhams
Burnham Mill at Burnham Overy
Weave your way around the Burnhams, starting at the church in Burnham Market - Norfolk's Chelsea-on-Sea.

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DISTANCE: Six miles

MAP: OS map 132, Grid reference 830421


Start at the church in Burnham Market and go into Station Road which you follow round a left bend and soon turn right into Angles Lane.

Follow uphill until the lane ends abruptly at the edge of fields and you turn right and go straight over a field to an external corner of a hedge on the far side.

Follow a short left edge to a corner and through a gap into another field and straight over to another external corner.

You follow a longer left edge this time into a corner where turn right with the edge for a few paces then left through a gap into a corner of the next field. Follow a hedge on your left to a crossing farm track.

Turn right and the track leads to the B1155 where turn right for Burnham Market. Continue for a full quarter mile to a junction and turn left for Burnham Deepdale into Whiteway Road.

The road goes uphill for a half mile to where a small wood ends on your right and you turn right into an unpaved lane. The lane leads you to a crossing road. Turn right and quickly left into another unpaved lane which you follow to a road by Burnham Norton church.

Turn right and after a short way where overhead power lines cross the road you turn left into an enclosed path which leads to another road. To your left are the remains of a Carmelite Priory of the White Friars but you turn right and follow the road to a junction by Sutton House.

Turn left and you cross the River Burn and past the delightfully restored Burnham Mill then turn leftwards to a junction by the battered stone cross in Burnham Overy Town.

Take the road ahead for Overy Staithe but as the road turns sharply right you fork left into a green track. When you reach a metal gate pass through and follow the right edge of a meadow to another metal gate.

Again pass through and along a driveway to the main coast road on a corner. Go straight ahead with the River Burn on your left and immediately after the road turns sharply right you turn left over a stile into a meadow. Follow a right edge to a stile in its far corner which cross and up to the sea wall.

Turn left and when the sea wall turns sharply right you go straight ahead and down through a hunting gate into a green path.

Continue with the path when it bends right and leads to a stile. Cross and go ahead for a few paces to a gravelled track in which you turn left past cottages to a metalled road on a corner. Turn left and follow the road passing a junction on your right and then a telephone kiosk and to a junction with the A.149.

Cross leftwards over the road into a farm track which you follow over a field to a hedge on the far side. Fork left and with the hedge on your right go uphill and out to a road.

Turn right and the road leads quite pleasantly back into Burnham Market.

by Jean le Surf

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