Halfway between Weybourne and Sheringham and a little way inland on high ground is Sheringham Park. The park was landscaped in the early 19th century by Humphry Repton and many consider it to be the best example of his work. Repton himself considered it to be his ‘favourite and darling child in Norfolk’. Sheringham Hall, which the park surrounds, was designed by Repton’s son John Adey. Both park and hall are now in the ownership of the National Trust.
Sheringham, like neighbouring Cromer, is a former fishing village that enlarged and developed as a resort in the late Victorian period when the railway first arrived.
The town’s seafront promenade has the early 20th-century gardens of The Lees. Leading south from The Lees is The Boulevard, constructed in 1887 to link the seafront with the newly built railway station.
To discover more of Sheringham’s history visit The Mo (Sheringham Museum), and the Fishermen’s Heritage Centre (West Cliff).
Just to the east of Sheringham stands an isolated hill that is known locally as Beeston Bump, from where there are excellent views out the sea and inland. The hill is part of Cromer Ridge, a range of low hills left behind when the glaciers retreated at the end of the last Ice Age between 15,000 and 10,000 years ago. Beeston Bump was used as the location for a top secret ‘Y’ listening station during World War II and the concrete remains of this can be seen on top of the hill. The area is a geological Site of Special Scientific Interest that also has rare plants.