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Bacton heritage walk

Enjoy a peaceful walk along an old pilgrim route to find the ruins of Bromholm Priory. The route includes a wander on the beautiful sands of Bacton beach.

The Paston family had close connections with Bromholm Priory, which was a major pilgrim destination in their day. Use our audio guide, narrated by Agnes Paston, to discover more and explore a 3D reconstruction of the magnificent priory.

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Walk details

Length: 3.5m miles (5.6K). 

Download a walk map or follow the walk overview on your phone

Terrain: mostly even with some gentle rises.

Park: at Bacton Local Authority car park (pay and display).

Facilities: cafe and toilets in Bacton.

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Terrain descriptions and photos by Active Trails. Useful for those with restricted mobility, prams/buggies, wheelchair users, those needing facilities or reassurance about the route.

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While you walk listen to the audio guide; access activities for children, see a 3D building reconstruction and discover more historical context.

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Virtually explore a 3D reconstruction of Bromholm Priory

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Meditation activities for creative and mindful connections with the Bacton landscape and Paston stories

Bacton walk overview 

From the car park, take the footpath onto the beach and walk along the beach front 

Walk along the beach or path for about half a mile. When you come to a bench looking out to sea walk up the sandy embankment and take the path across the green space behind the holiday camp.

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At the end of the path turn left onto the coast road and then turn right up Abbey Street to the Priory Gate

You unfortunately can't go through the archway as it is private land. However, on the signpost to the left of the entrance, you will find a Paston Footprints QR code that allows you to see the 3D virtual reconstruction of the medieval priory.


Facing the ruined archway, turn left along a narrow byway at Priory Gate that runs along the field and the back of houses.  You'll be able to see further glimpses of the priory ruins through gaps in the hedgerow as you walk along the byway.

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Virtually explore a 3D reconstruction of Bronholm Priory

Imagine what life was like when the Pastons visited this impressive priory. If you have the sound up, you might even hear the monks chanting.

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At the end of the footpath pause for the best view of the ruins.

Walk down Priory Road and turn left onto the coast (Walcott) road.

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Walk down the coast road past the primary school on your left

Turn right at the junction signposted to Bacton.

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Take the first left up Church Road

Walk up past the quiet lanes - you'll see Bacton church in the distance. Walk up the lane until you reach the church and enter the churchyard.

Bacton Church


Bacton church was important in medieval times for being close to the pilgrimage site of Bromholm Priory. Inside the church is a grand late medieval font with rich carvings which show you how significant (and wealthy) Bacton was in the time of the Pastons.

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Leave Bacton churchyard from the far exit and follow the Paston Way back towards the beach

You can either walk back through the village or via the beach to the car park.

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We'd love to hear about the highlights of your walk. Tag your photos #pastonfootprints for a chance to win local prizes.

Why not try another Paston heritage walk?

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Explore the Paston story further

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Watch an animation of Good Judge William Paston talk about life at Bromholm

Help us bring the Paston story to more people by taking one of our creative challenges

Want to go deeper into the story? Find out more about Bromholm Priory on our sister site

Things to do nearby

Bacton beach

Beach, cafe, ice cream.

Mundesley beach

Family friendly blue flag sandy beach lined with colourful beach huts and beach cafe overlooking the sea with wind breaks and deck chairs hire and ice cream.

Norfolk Coastal Path

The Norfolk Coastal Path runs for 84 miles and much of this walking trail runs through the damatic landscape of the Norfolk Coast Area of Outstanding Beauty. It can be joined at Bacton.


Quiet sandy beach in an area known for dramatic cliff erosion. Visit also for views of the iconic red and white lighthouse.

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