Where is it?
West Runton sits on the North Norfolk coast, between Cromer and East Runton. It can be reached directly via the A149 coast road or by turning off the A148. You can also travel there by train, from Norwich on the Bittern Line.
Does it have much history?
Yes! West Runton is known for its fossils. The cliffs of West Runton were once part of the Cromer Forest Bed formation, which is between 500,000 and 700,000 years old. The village’s most famous fossil is the West Runton mammoth. This skeleton was recovered in 1995 and is believed to have weighed about 10 tonnes.
Any other claims to fame?
Believe it or not, before being demolished in 1986, the West Runton Pavilion hosted a glittering array of big names in music. These included Chuck Berry, the Sex Pistols, the Jam, the Clash, T-Rex, Duran Duran, UB40 and Dire Straits.
What do visitors enjoy about West Runton?
The sandy beach, which is a lovely place to walk, and is now to be patrolled in high season by RNLI lifeguards. People also come here to look for fossils and to go rock pooling – an unusual pastime in Norfolk as most beaches are vast, flat, sandy stretches.
What else is there in the village?
It is small but there is a parade of shops, plus a couple of cafés, a pub and restaurant, and a golf club and hotel. One of the cafés is right by the beach; this sells seaside accessories, as well as drinks, snacks and light meals.
And if I want to stay longer than a day?
There’s plenty of accommodation to consider in this part of North Norfolk, from pretty cottages to guest houses and hotels. There is also a campsite.
What else is it nice to do here?
You can walk along the beach to East Runton or to Sheringham but make sure the tide is out as you can get cut off. If you want more shops, restaurants and seaside amenities, both Sheringham and Cromer are within very easy reach.
Photography courtesy of Shutterstock
For more information visit www.runtoneastandwest.co.uk