A North Norfolk Railway Journey

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The North Norfolk Railway “Poppy Line”

The North Norfolk Railway (NNR), known as The Poppy Line, runs from Holt to Sheringham via Kelling Heath Halt (for Kelling Heath Park) and Weybourne. A total distance of 5¼ miles. It runs along the eastern section of the North Norfolk coast but stays inland from Holt to Weybourne at the western end. After Weybourne it runs nearer the coast on its way east to Sheringham. See a map of the line here. This has been made available by www.strollingguides.co.uk. The line is also highlighted here on a very good map/aerial photograph.

My wife, our dog Leo and I road the rails there and back from Holt on 10th April 2014.

Below: You can see № 76034 having recently arrived at Holt. (Also shown in the featured image.)

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№ 76034 having recently arrived at Holt.

Map of Holt Station

If you want to get to Holt Station by road you can use a satnav, but take a look at the map below. There is a driveway off the Cromer Road (not the A148). You can also select Directions and get help from Google Maps.

Holt To Sheringham via Weybourne

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№ 76034 waiting to pick up passengers at Holt.

It was a gentle ride between Holt and Weybourne allowing me to take photos from the moving train with ease as you can see below.

Trackside Gorse, Weybourne In The Distance and the North Sea beyond.

Most of the views north of the track have the sea in the distance.

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Next Stop – Weybourne.

Weybourne Towermill

Weybourne with the Tower Mill on the right.

The windmill at Weybourne, known as Weybourne Tower Mill, is now part of the house attached to it which was originally the mill’s granary. It can be accessed by a lane going north towards the coast from the main A149 Sheringham road. Below is a picture I took of it from the train.

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Weybourne Tower Mill

This picture of the tower mill may appear to have a lot of sky but in fact the bottom half of the blue area is the sea.

Weybourne Station

As our train pulled into Weybourne Station (actually near Weybourne Heath a mile south of Weybourne) we saw these women in bridal gowns (below) taking part in a photo shoot.

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Bridal Photo Shoot taking place on arrival at Weybourne Station.

Map of Weybourne Station

If you want to get to Weybourne Station by road you can use a satnav, but take a look at the map below. You can also select Directions and get help from Google Maps.

Unfortunately our view of the other platform at Weybourne Station was blocked by № 8572 waiting at it.

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Passing № 8572 in Weybourne Station en route to Holt.

On our platform everything was very neat and tidy with passengers enjoying their wait on the seats provided.

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Weybourne Station

Sheringham Station

The sun is often a welcome light when taking photos, but at Sheringham Station the platform had a southern aspect so the sun’s glare got in the way.

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Rear of № 76034 having recently arrived at Sheringham.
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Front of № 76034 having recently arrived at Sheringham.

When I took the picture above I couldn’t step back far enough from the edge of the platform so I took two photos of № 76034.

There follows a short video of № 76034 passing to the other end of the carriages it has just hauled to Sheringham ready to take them back to Holt. As is often the case plenty of enthusiasts got in the way.

Outside Sheringham station, by the signal box, is a hexagonal Victorian Pillar Box. These aren’t very common in my opinion. I recall seeing only four of them. You can see the one at Sheringham below.

Victorian Hexagonal Pillar Box at Sheringham Station.

Map of Sheringham Station

If you want to get to either the NNR Sheringham Station or the National Rail Station by road you can use a satnav, but take a look at the map below. You can also select Directions and get help from Google Maps. Don’t get confused by the British Rail Station nearby which is further to the east on the same line.

Returning To Holt Station

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Leaving Holt Station and heading for the car park behind the trees.
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The Holt Flyer

As you can see here Holt Station has a nice clean layout with well tended greenery.

In the distance near the road, and to the right in the image above, you can see NNR’s AEC Routemaster Bus known as the ‘Holt Flyer’. The NNR use it to transport people from Holt town centre to Holt Station.

We travelled to Holt Station by car and found ample car parking space behind the trees.

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№ 76034 at Holt Station.

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By Helpful Colin

I have a background in telecommunications and a fascination with all things scientific and technical - from physics to electronics, and computing to DIY.

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