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Weybourne & Kelling

Two North Norfolk Coast villages that nestle below Kelling Heath and are a stopping point for the North Norfolk Railway

An Introduction to Weybourne and Kelling

Weybourne Beach
Cottage
Weybourne Mill
Weybourne Station
Muckleburgh Hill

Pretty Weybourne village nestles below Kelling Heath and is a stopping point on the the North Norfolk Railway. The ruins of an Augustinian priory stand in the grounds of the 15th century church. The beach here consists of pebbles, deeply shelved, and marks the start of the cliff section of the Norfolk coast (which extends east to Happisburgh). The village itself has many pretty cottages, a shop, pub and hotel. On the way out of the village stands a former windmill, now privately owned, and is a well known Weybourne landmark.

Nearby Kelling is a small attractive residential village, which has a reputation for past smuggling. The village contains a reading room, which is now a book shop, gallery and tea room. Surrounding Kelling and Weybourne are Kelling Heath and Muckleburgh Hill, two raised areas of outstanding natural beauty. The heaths contain a network of paths, nature trail and fantastic views of the surrounding area.

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Weybourne Guided Tour


We start our tour in the centre of Weybourne at the village pub (Ship Inn), which has a good menu and real fires in winter. The village itself contains some pretty Norfolk Cottages, many built from local flint.
Ship Inn
The Ship Inn Weybourne
Flint Cottage
A typical flint Norfolk Cottage in Weybourne
Wybourne Village Sign
Weybourne Village Sign
Cottage Door
Bridget's cottage Weybourne

On the opposite side of the busy A149 coast road is the village church of All Saints, dating from the 15th century and featuring an old Saxon tower. Within the grounds of the church there is also the ruin of an Augustine Priory. The priory was founded towards the end of the 12th century and the remains we see here are from the priory church , but incorporating parts of an even earlier church dating from the the 11th century.
All Saints Church
Weybourne parish church of All Saints
Priory Ruins
Ruins of Weybourne priory
Church Inside
Inside Weybourne church
Churchyard and Priory
The churchyard with more remains of the Priory

About half a mile out of the village is the beach, which consists of pebbles. This spot is a significant point on the coastline of North Norfolk, to the west the coastline is flat and extending, to the east cliffs begin to rise and we have erosion. The beach shelves away dramatically, making it a great spot for sea fishing or to launch a fishing boat. At one time it was a popular place for smugglers as they could get fairly large boats close to the shore.
Weybourne Beach West
Weybourne pebble beach looking west
Weybourne Beach East
Cliffs rise to the east at Weybourne
Sea Fishing
Sea fishing at Weybourne, Norfolk
Fishing Boat
Fishing boat at Weybourne

About half a mile above the village is the North Norfolk Railway station and goods yard. The station has a workshop and is home to various railway vehicles. Steam trains regularly pull into the station and you can ride the "poppy line" to Holt in one direction and Sheringham in the other.
Steam Train
Steam train pulls into Weybourne station on the Norfolk Norfolk Railway
Weybourne Station
Weybourne North Norfolk Railway Station
Station Yard
The station yard at Weybourne
Steam Train
An old steam engine undergoing work at Weybourne Station
Steam Train
A steam engine on the North Norfolk Railway at Weybourne

The A149 coast road leaves Weybourne heading towards Sheringham. On this road you will come across a former windmill, which is now private property and is a well known landmark in the area.
A149 Coast Road
A149 Coast road at Weybourne
Weybourne Mill
Weybourne Mill

Leaving Weybourne in the other direction towards Kelling you will come across Muckleburgh Hill, which has a network of wooded footpaths which rise to a summit, giving fine views of the coast and surrounding area.
Muckleburgh Hill Entrance
Entrance to Muckleburgh Hill
Wooded Paths
Footpaths to the top of Muckleburgh Hill
View West
Views from Muckleburgh Hill
View East
View of Weybourne from Muckleburgh Hill
Muckleburgh Military
The summit of Muckleburgh Hill used by the military, with the Muckleburgh Collection below

BRACKEN LODGE and OWLS RETREAT, near Weybourne on the North Norfolk Coast

These Scandinavian style lodges offer you peace, tranquility and a superb base for exploring the beautiful North Norfolk countryside. Nestling in the heart of a pine forest with wildlife and country walks extending from your doorstep. These lodges are the perfect choice for a year round break.
Bracken Lodge
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Bracken Lodge
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Kelling Guided Tour


The village of Kelling contains pretty cottages, including Beck House, which dates back to the 17th century. The village also has an old reading room, now a book shop, gallery and tea room.
Beck House
Beck House Kelling Norfolk
Kelling Reading Rooms
Kelling reading room book shop and tea room

Above Kelling village is Kelling heath, an area of raised heathland, which gives great views over towards Weybourne. There is a good view towards Muckleburgh Hill - who said Norfolk was flat!
Weybourne View
View of Weybourne from Kelling Heath
Muckleburgh Hill View
The summit of Muckleburgh Hill from Kelling Heath

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Weybourne and Kelling summary of what to SEE and DO

Visit the North Norfolk railway station
Walk down and along the shingle beach
Visit Weybourne church and ruins
Enjoy a refreshment in the pub or hotel bar
Walk up onto Kelling or Muckleburgh Heath
Visit the nearby Muckleburgh Collection

Our Verdict

Not what you imagine of Norfolk - hills and cliffs - but that is exactly what Weybourne has to offer. Norfolk's "mountains" make Weybourne a popular walking spot.
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Hi, As a regular visitor to North Norfolk, in particular Weybourne, I have found your Tours of this area to be of extreme interest. The descriptions and the photographs are really great and I always find them good to look at whenever I am at home with a little time on my hands. I also found the Guide around Cley to be of great interest and despite having visited the area many times I still learnt several things that I did not previously know. Keep up the good work as it is most appreciated. From:- Jack
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