Walk #9: Old Hunstanton and Holme
Map of the walk
Maps courtesy of Google Maps. Route for indicative purposes only, and may have been plotted after the walk. Please let me have comments on what you think of this new format. For a detailed table of timings for this walk, please see the table file.
This was a pleasant little beach stroll eastwards from Old Hunstanton and back, the main aim of which was to see the 'Henge' called Seahenge in the sea near Holme. The sand walking was not the easiest walking in the world. The henge was easy to find, if only because of the number of people crowding around it, the only barriers being plastic tape that had been erected on spindly metal poles.
I was not that impressed, either by the henge itself (little more than a circle of upturned branches stuck in the mud, with an upturned trunk in the middle), or with the gawking, silly comments of my compatriots. Some more wood was sticking out of the beach nearby; a family were crowded around it, asking if it was old and should be reported to the authorities. Indeed it looked old, with the wood the same bleached-black colour as the nearby henge. Unfortunately they were ignoring the large rusted iron bolt that stuck out of the timber, meaning that it was much more likely to be part of an old boat.
The hype in the newspapers over Seahenge has been funny - it lacks the grandeur of Stonehenge, and the comparisons seem to be based on wishful thinking (perhaps by archeologists whilst down the pub) rather than fact. True, it is something strange and unknown, but that is no reason to portray wild fantasies as fact.
Simply leave Old Hunstanton and walk down to join the beach; walk northeastwards for a mile and a half to what was the site of Seahenge before it was removed. Afterwards, simply return by the same route.
This makes a total distance of 4.0 miles, with 95 feet of ascent and 95 feet of descent.
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