All aboard! Stiffkey to Cromer
If you’re following our Coasthopper route guides, today is the day to let the bus max the miles as you relax and marvel at the scene around you.
Whether you are joining the bus at The Lodge Old Hunstanton or Briarfields Titchwell, there’s plenty to enjoy as you travel along the coast. Past Wells next the Sea, you’ll travel through perfect picture postcard villages Stiffkey (act like a local and call it ‘Stewkey’), Morston (hop off if you want to take a boat trip to see the seals), Blakeney, Cley (Clye) – watch out for its beautiful 18th century windmill – and Salthouse which once used to produce and sell block salt.
Once the Coasthopper reaches Weybourne, jump off and discover an unlikely Norfolk find at the Muckleburgh Collection which houses the UK’s largest collection of historic tanks, armoured cars and military vehicles. Find out more about the part that Norfolk played in defending Britain’s coastline during World War II here – in fact Weybourne Camp was a top-secret site visited by Churchill in 1941.
After you’ve had your military moment, take a short walk to Weybourne Station and catch the Poppy Line North Norfolk Railway to neighbouring station, Sheringham. Steam and diesel locomotives whisk you back to yesteryear as you gently roll along the coastline with magical views of the sea on one side and countryside to the other. Authentically restored, both carriages and platforms feel like you’ve stepped into the set of The Railway Children or Dad’s Army. Manned by volunteers, you can’t help but get caught up in the moment and you might even enjoy a sing-along en route.
From Sheringham, rejoin the Coasthopper and, after a short journey through West and East Runton, you will arrive at journey’s end, Cromer. Famous for Cromer crabs (still a thriving industry – pick one up at wet fish and fish and chip shops around the town) and Victorian pier, you’ll find plenty to amuse yourself including fairground rides and arcades, candy floss, a pebble beach and vigorous tide for an afternoon spent stone skimming and watching life roll by.
Once you’re done, it’s easy to ride the Coasthopper all the way back to a fantastic supper at Briarfields or The Lodge – we challenge you not to nod off as the bus journeys along the coast. A wonderful service, we wouldn’t be without the Coasthopper.