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A149 road
Length (miles) 85.2
Length (km) 137.1
Direction West to east
Start Kings Lynn
Primary
destinations1
Cromer
End Great Yarmouth
Roads joined UK road A10.svg A10 road
UK road A47.PNG A47 road
UK road A148.PNG A148 road
UK road A140.PNG A140 road
UK road A1151.PNG A1151 road
UK road A1062.PNG A1062 road
UK road A1064.PNG A1064 road
UK road A12.svg A12 road
Notes
  1. Primary destinations as specified by the Department for Transport.


The A149 is a major route in Norfolk, linking Kings Lynn to Great Yarmouth. It runs via the coast rather than on a more direct route such as the A47. The eastern section runs through The Broads.

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Route

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Kings Lynn to Wells next the Sea

The A149 begins at a roundabout between Kings Lynn and South Lynn. The A149 heads east towards Hardwick Roundabout. Hardwick intersection is a major junction in West Norfolk with the A47 to Norwich and Wisbech crossing the Junction and the A10 running of to the south. The A149 heads North East signposted to Cromer. At rush hour the road can be extremely busy especially between the Hardwick intersection and the next two roundabouts at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital (to the left) and the northern end of Kings Lynn at its junction with the A148 Cromer road. At this roundaboutit follows on towards Hunstanton. The road passes over the River Babingley past the Ruins of St Felix's church and the deserted village of Babingley, part of the Royal Estate of Sandringham which is on the right before reaching Dersingham, which the road now by-passes, along with the villages of Ingoldisthorpe and Snettisham and passing over the River Ingol. The road then reaches the village of Heacham. At Heacham there is a staggered cross roads junction with the B1454. The so-called Lavender junction (next to the Norfolk Lavender fields) has a wide central island with gaps to allow turning traffic.

The road at Heacham looking back towards the so-called Lavender Junction

Beyond the junction the road passes over the River Heacham and on the right is Caley Mill. A short distance further on is the seaside town of Hunstanton on The Wash 15.7 miles (25.3 km) from the start of the road. To the south of the town the road reaches a roundabout with the B1161 which features a rock garden. The road skirts the eastern side of the town and just before passing through Old Hunstanton gives a view of the sea. The road now turns easterly passing over the bridge of the River Hun, which is reputedly Roman, and passes through the Village of Holme next the Sea. The road now heads East across the Marshland of Brancaster Bay passing through the villages of Thornham, Titchwell and on to Brancaster (22.7 miles (36.5 km) from start). The road now passes through an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

The Listed AA Box at Brancaster

Between Brancaster and Brancaster Staithe the road widens on a new alignment, the old one now being a layby in which stands an old black AA call box from a by-gone motoring age, which now has listed building status. The hamlet of Brancaster Staithe is next, with access to Brancaster Harbour, and on to Burnham Deepdale, Burnham Norton, and Burnham Overy Staithe.

The road now runs along Holkham Bay towards Wells next the Sea. 1+12 miles (2.4 km) from Burnham Overy Staithe, on the right you pass the Holkham Estate, the home of Thomas, Viscount Coke, the Earl Of Leicester. On the left are beaches and the Pine backed sand dunes of Holkham, which form part of the Holkham National Nature Reserve. The road now skirts around the south side of Wells next the Sea, (32 miles (51 km) from start) and heads east again.

Wells next the Sea to Cromer

Just out of Wells, the road passes on the right, the Wells and Walsingham Light Railway. From here the road runs south of Stiffkey Salt marshes. This stretch of the road runs parallel with the “Peddars Way” section of the North Norfolk Coastal Path, which is about 14 miles (0.40 km) north and runs along the fringe of the marshes. In Stiffkey, the road narrows to a single lane causing approaching traffic to give way. Beyond the village the road crosses the River Stiffkey. The next village on the road is Morston (38 miles (61 km) from the start), The road skirts around the south of the village.

Cley Windmill from the A149

After Blakeney, the road descends into the Glaven Valley, and into view comes the landmark of Cley next the Sea Windmill. Again the road becomes a bottle neck in the summer months as it pass through the village of Cley next the Sea. The next stretch of the road between Cley and Sheringham is a very scenic part of the A149. After negotiating the narrow streets of Cley the road runs along the coast south of Cley and Salthouse salt marshes, the sea is hidden by a long bank of shingle that runs along the shoreline here. The marshes are a Nature Reserve and all along this stretch of the road there are lay-bys and car parks which are used as viewing points.

The road now rises away from the marshes and twists and turns into the next village of Kelling. The road now passes through the gentle and heaths of Kelling Heath and Weybourne. Just before entering the village of Weybourne, the road passes Weybourne Camp on the left. The road now passes through the village of Weybourne (45.5 miles (73.2 km)) and up a hill past the village Windmill.

The road near Sheringham Park and the National Trust

As the road stretches off to Sheringham it passes under a railway bridge carrying the North Norfolk Railway. The road now passes through a stretch of land that is owned by The National Trust. As then runs right alongside the A149, squeezed between the road and the Sheringham Golf Club which is set on the cliffs in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The mini roundabout at Sheringham it is 48.2 miles (77.6 km) from the start of the A149 at Kings Lynn.

The A149 east into Sheringham

Sheringham is a seaside resort. The route now passes the terminus for the North Norfolk Railway on the left. The A149 runs south of the heart of the town, passing the prominent hill on the left known locally as "Beeston Bump". The road now also has a railway line running parallel on the seaward side. At 49 miles (79 km) the road reaches the village of Beeston Regis followed by West Runton. The last village before Cromer is East Runton were the landscape of the coast is peppered with static caravans or mobile homes. The A149 now reaches the fading Victorian splendour of Cromer (52.3 miles (84.2 km)). The road drops down in to the town, with a splendid view of the town’s pier, where it dog-legs through the town's one way system. This part of the road becomes congested in the summer months and long queues form in the one-way system. Cromer marks the end of the roads route along the coast, as it turns south-east to cut across Norfolk towards its end at Great Yarmouth.

Cromer to Stalham

The road climbs a hill southwards, out of Cromer, past Cromer High School towards the next village of Northrepps and past the turning on the right of the A140 which is the main road to Norwich. Passing through well ordered arable farmland the road then reaches a cross roads, with the B1436 just before the village of Thorpe Market. The B1436 links the Cromer-Holt road to Mundesley on the coast. Out of the village the road runs along the boundary of Gunton Park, with some 800 acres (3.2 km2) of Deer park, on the right. Further on is the village of Antingham before reaching North Walsham, (61 miles (98 km) from Kings Lynn). At North Walsham there is a junction controlled with traffic lights. Here the road turn right and takes a new route around the western side of the Town, past the Bacton Gas terminal’s link to the rail network. The old route would have taken you through the busy town centre. This new route runs part of the way along what was the disused track bed of the Midland and Great Northern Joint Railway (M&GN) railway between Stalham and North Walsham. Heading towards the Norfolk Broads (part of the Norfolk and Suffolk Broads Authority [1], the road passes the villages of Worstead and Dilham and then passes through Smallburgh were the road clips the The Broads. Just past Smallburgh the road turns left at a “T” Junction. The road to the right is the A1151, from Wroxham and Norwich, which terminates at this junction. The road now takes a large north easterly arch around Barton Broad, crossing the River Ant at Wayford Bridge. The road now curves back towards Stalham passing several Boat Hire yards. Stalham is 69 miles (111 km) from the start of the A149, and from here the road cuts across the flatlands of Norfolk skirting the The Broads as it goes.

Stalham, across the Broads to Yarmouth

Potter Heigham Bridge next to the modern bridge of the A149

Long straights characterise this 5-mile (8.0 km) stretch from Stalham to Potter Heigham. The straights pass through the villages of Sutton and Catfield. This part of the A149 has a bad reputation for fatalities and care should be taken at all the junctions that dissect this 5-mile (8.0 km) stretch. Most of this section is not the original route of the road. The original road runs parallel on the right, the new route effectively by-passing out the villages, and at Potter Heigham Bridge (74 miles (119 km)) the two roads converge. After Potter Heigham the next village is Repps with Bastwick followed by Rollesby (77 miles (124 km)). At Rollesby the road crosses Ormesby Broad were there is parking if you wish to visit this Broad. Past the large water works on the left and the road now passes through Ormesby St. Michael and then Ormesby St. Margaret. Before coming to another roundabout junction. This is the terminus of the A1064 which has come across the Broads from Acle a distance of 7.2 miles (11.6 km) in all. Looking straight across the roundabout is the site of Caister Castle. The A149 is now a Dual Carriageway and, at another junction, bypasses Caister-on-Sea. After the bypass, the road narrows back to a Single Carriageway as it enters Great Yarmouth. The road now heads south, past the Banger racing track and stadium, and the Heliport at North Denes Airfield, on the right. On the left is Great Yarmouth race course. The road passes the railway station and follows the east bank of the River Bure. At the large roundabout the A149 comes to an end, as does the A47 and the A12. The total distance from Hardwick flyover to this roundabout in Great Yarmouth is 85.237 miles (137.176 km) (Goggle Pedometer).

Tourist Destinations on Route

References

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