East Runton, north Norfolk

East Runton beach, north NorfolkOur visitors find East Runton full of surprises. First, unlike much of Norfolk, it is far from flat – with beautiful, well-wooded hills, small, enclosed fields, high banks and sunken lanes.

Second, although close to Cromer in the east and Sheringham in the west, the village is almost entirely self-contained. In other words, it is possible to enjoy a perfect seaside holiday here without leaving the village – although, in reality, almost everyone loves to explore the surrounding beaches, countryside, towns and villages.

Beautiful beach

Rock pools at East RuntonEast Runton’s long, sandy beach is loved by all – particularly at low tide – and especially by children, who spend long, happy hours searching the rock-pools, finding fossils and simply splashing in the sea. Just 15 minutes walk from Manor Farm, East Runton beach is popular for surfing, picnics and walks along the shore to Cromer, Sheringham and beyond.

Walks for all

Imagine being able to walk for miles without seeing a solitary car. It’s possible!

Most walks from Manor Farm are along public footpaths or bridleways that rarely cross a road. Some are suitable for quick strolls round the village (one circular route takes about 30 minutes) to 5-10-mile hikes for the adventurous.

Fell ponies - Incleborough HillA walk we especially recommend will take you down to the beach at East Runton, along it to West Runton, and once you’ve enjoyed a leisurely pint at the Village Inn, back home via Incleborough Hill. The hill, owned by the National Trust and home to a number of fell ponies, offers magnificent views of the coast between Sheringham and Cromer – and on a clear day, even beyond.

Other pretty cross-country walks will take you to Felbrigg Hall, a magnificent National Trust property set in some 1,750 acres, or quite quickly to Cromer for shopping at Morrisons.

Our most popular walk? No competition – it’s the 15-minute stroll from Manor Farm to East Runton beach.

More local walks available here.

East Runton beachFossil hunting

In 1990, just along the beach at West Runton, the fossilised remains of a 600,000 year-old woolly mammoth were discovered in the cliff face, and it caused a sensation.  However, East Runton beach remains the best place for mammal fossils from the Pastonian age. And, today, it is where people searching through chalk deposits find belemnites – extinct sea creatures very like a squid.

See the ponies, feed the ducks, enjoy the play area

Manor Farm’s friendly, well-behaved ponies, Gerbil and Titch, love to meet visitors. East Runton’s, fairly well-behaved ducks, who parade around the pond on our grassy common, simply love to eat.

Meanwhile, the Common’s haughty geese enjoy nothing more than a little loud honking as they pass the children’s play area.

To see more ponies – this time the National Trust’s fell ponies – climb nearby Incleborough Hill. But before you go be sure to look out for Manor Farm’s delightful lambs, born between mid-February and mid-March, and our calves, born from April to mid-June.

 

Holiday Cottages in East Runton, north Norfolk

Shops and shopping

Shopping in East Runton is relaxing, always offering scope for a friendly chat. Our three very convenient stores are East Runton Stores, East Runton Butchers and East Runton Newsagent and Tea Room. Rest assured, they can supply virtually everything you need.

The Constantia Cottage Restaurant, East Runton, NorfolkPubs and eating out

East Runton is lucky enough to have two pubs – The Fishing Boat, which has a large pub garden, and Sammy’s Bar and Grill. Both welcome families.

Remarkably, the small village even has its own Greek restaurant. The Constantia Cottage Restaurant (pictured left), run by popular musicians, The Constantia Brothers, offers ‘a mixture of moussaka and music.’

Always popular is the village fish and chip shop, while many flock to the Tea Room for all-day breakfast, hot snacks, cakes and pastries.

Super for cycling

East Runton is super for cycling – on or off-road.  No bike?  No problem. Simply ask Tom at Manor Farm. He will rent you one for a very reasonable fee. Call him on 01263 512858.

Great bird watching

Citrine WagtailWherever you go in East Runton you’ll see lots of birds –and sometimes quite rare ones. Last year a citrine wagtail – originally from Asia – was among our celebrated visitors. Others seen in North Norfolk include the woodlark, bearded tit, marsh harrier, buzzard, honey buzzard, nightjar, bittern, Montagu’s harrier, avocet, stone curlew and bittern. Keep those binoculars handy!

Phil says: ‘Around Manor Farm watch out for swallows that nest under the eaves of The Pigsty, blue tits and pied wagtails. Also be sure to listen out for the beautiful songs of skylarks, blackbirds and thrushes, and the contrasting, sudden shriek of high-flying buzzards.’

Church services

Sunday services are held at St Andrew’s Church, Felbrigg Road and East Runton Methodist Church, on the Cromer-Sheringham road (A149).

Visit Sheringham – by bus or train

Relax – leave the car behind. Hop on a Coasthopper bus in East Runton or catch the train from Cromer.

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Bodyboard on East Runton beach, north Norfolk