Brancaster Staithe Wildlife walk
Distance: 3.8 miles
Time: 2 hours depending on pace
Start: Harbour Way, Brancaster Staithe, PE31 8BW grid ref: TF791443
1. From Brancaster Staithe Quay car park, turn right onto the coastal path, and head towards the harbour. Once at the harbour there are information signs giving details of its history, as well as current fishing information. A little way along the coastal path, a path heads inland to the White Horse pub situated on the coast road.
2. Turn off the coastal path and head inland on the A149, signposted Deepdale Café. Pass the café, turning left into Delgate Lane and follow it towards Downs woods.
3. Follow the road around to the right. You'll see large beech trees growing on the corner. A little further on you come to a crossroads, from here take the footpath around the edge of Barrow Common. You may like to take a slight detour to explore the common, which also makes a nice spot for a picnic. On the common the unusual sight of hundreds of snails can be seen in tree cracks.
4. From the northern edge of Barrow Common, there's a great view over Brancaster and out to sea. Look out for the Second World War wreck of SS Vina, on the end of Scolt Head Island; a coastal steamer that was used for target practice by the RAF, and accidentally sank in 1944. Follow the path to the left and then right, back down to the coast road.
5. Take care crossing the main road. You're now at the site of Branodunum Roman Fort where a sign gives information on its history. Having gone around the fort, the path heads off left, through two gates, towards the sea.
6. You are now back on the coastal path. Turn right and follow it until you arrive back at Brancaster Staithe Quay car park.
End: Harbour Way, Brancaster Staithe, PE31 8BW grid ref: TF791443