10:50 a.m. July 11, 2022
A new lane for cyclists could link Cromer and Sheringham as part of wider plans to develop hundreds of miles of cycle and walking paths in Norfolk.
Plans for the path have been submitted to Norfolk County Council who are currently considering ideas for extensions and improvements to cycleways and footpaths across the county.
The proposed path begins at Nelson Road in Sheringham, passes through the villages of Beeston Regis and East Runton, before ending at Cromer station.
Phil Harris, the Cromer City Council member who submitted the plan to the county council, said the route was designed to avoid busy roads.
“The idea is to try to identify a route between Sheringham and Cromer, an off-road route that locals and visitors can safely use to cycle between the two towns,” he said.
A benefit of the cycle path would be that visitors could take their bikes on the train from Norwich or North Walsham and then cycle and pick up the train, he said.
Mr Harris said: “As part of our environmental policy, we want to encourage more cycling, as the opportunities for cycling in Cromer are not great.
“The idea is to bring more people to Cromer, but at the same time we don’t want to create even more car traffic, so if we want to encourage people to come by bike.
“The idea is to increase opportunities for people to cycle.”
He said the council had also considered the possibility of a cycle route going east from Cromer, but it was difficult to identify a safe place.
Mr Harris has submitted the proposed route to the County Council as part of its investigation into current levels of cycling and walking in Norfolk.
Residents and stakeholders were also asked to identify places they would like to connect better for walking or cycling.
A county council spokesperson said it was now reviewing responses to the consultation and residents will have the opportunity to review and comment on the proposals this fall.
“Hopefully the idea will take off,” Mr. Harris said.
More information will be available at www.norfolk.gov.uk/activetravel