Cromer is a pretty town with fine shops, museums and restaurants – ideal for an interesting break.
The Cromer Forest Bed formation is exposed at intervals along the Norfolk coast from Weybourne to Kessingland. The ancient forest bed was formed some 780-450,000 years ago. As the bed in the form of cliffs continues to be eroded there are a wealth of fossils to be found.
In 1901, recovering from fever, Arthur Conan Doyle came to Cromer to recuperate and was told of the legend of Black Shuck, a gigantic hound with eyes that glowed like coals and rumoured to be partial to the throats of local folk who ventured outside after dark. Transferring the action to the chilling loneliness of Dartmoor, possibly the greatest of the Sherlock Holmes adventures was born: The Hound of the Baskervilles was published to universal acclaim a year later.
Extract taken From ‘Norfolk – Exploring the Land of Wide Skies’
by Stephen Browning and Daniel Tink
Cromer walks: If you like to walk, there are no-end of choices. Taking a walk on the Pier is possibly the gentlest option. There has been a pier or jetty here since the end of the 14th century. Also easy is a walk along the prom and back. For a slightly more energetic walk, it is lovely to walk the couple of miles to Overstrand along the beach, admiring the cliffs and checking out the rockpools, but do be careful to check the tide times at the Information Bureau beforehand. This is, of course, the entry point to Poppyland, so many delights await the walker or cyclist a little farther inland.
Parking at Cromer: A large pay and display is available on the clifftop, accessible from the Coast Road (Runton Road A149)
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Plan your visit to Cromer with this useful map. Explore the rest of Norfolk with the tourist Map of Norfolk