Hunstanton Wolf Trail

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Explore the gardens and cliff top scenery to trace the story of St Edmund, Hunstanton’s most famous visitor and first patron saint of England. The story and legend or St Edmund, Hunstanton’s most famous visitor can now be explored by a series of way markers which lead you from the cenotaph in the cliff top gardens to the dramatic cliff top location of St Edmund’s chapel.

Hunstanton Wolf Trail

St Edmund was born into the Wuffing family (Wuffa was the old English word for a wolf) and was the last of that dynasty which had ruled the Kingdom of East Anglia for over 200 years. He landed in Hunstanton in 855 A.D., and since then Hunstanton has had a long and close association with St Edmund. The story of his arrival in Hunstanton, his time ruling East Anglia, the dramatic story of his eventual martyrdom at the hands of the Vikings and the legendary appearance of a wolf to guard over his severed head can be discovered following the Hunstanton Wolf Trail. Hunstanton’s association with St Edmund were celebrated by Henry Le Strange, when in the 1840’s he proposed his new sea bathing village ‘St Edmunds’. As the town quickly grew it became known as Hunstanton St Edmund’s, retaining this name until 1893 when the new council decided to rename the town ‘New Hunstanton’. The connections with St Edmund live on in road names ‘St Edmund’s Terrace’ and ‘St Edmund’s Avenue’ and he is the patron saint of both the Anglican and Catholic Churches. The Wolf Trail starts at the entrance to the Esplanade Gardens, just a short walk from the Tourist Information Centre. You will find an information board about the story of St Edmund at the start of the trail and the first of six ‘Wolf Trail’ way markers which take you to the site of St Edmunds Chapel, the surrounding gardens and home of the Wolf statue.

Site Information
Opening Times:
All times
Website:
Address:
Hunstanton Wolf trail, Hunstanton, PE36 6BQ, Noroflk
Visitor Information
Parking
Yes
Refreshments (nearby)
Yes
Toilets
Yes
Dog friendly
Yes
Features
Famous people or stories
Wildlife
Nearby Attractions
Attraction 1:
Hunstanton Heritage Gardens
Hunstanton
Hunstanton Heritage Gardens stretch from the Green through the Esplanade Gardens and round the cliff top to the lighthouse.
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Attraction 2:
Ruins of St Edmund's Chapel, Hunstanton
Hunstanton
The chapel, now in ruins, was erected in 1272 in memory of St Edmund who landed at Hunstanton in 855 to be crowned King of East Anglia. He led an army against Viking invaders but was defeated, captured and martyred. He became the first patron saint of England.
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Attraction 3:
Hunstanton Cliffs
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0.44 Miles Away
The famous red and white striped cliffs at Hunstanton are an eye-catching attraction. And during a visit to the cliffs you can have fun discovering the history and nature of the area by scrambling at the base of the cliffs for fossils, looking for creatures in the rock pools on the beach below, or taking a leisurely stroll to view the old buildings perched on the cliff top.
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Attraction 4:
Hunstanton Lifeboat Station
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0.53 Miles Away
Hunstanton Lifeboat Station has seen several different types of rescue craft during its history. It saw the RNLI’s first motor tractor and today it operates an inshore B class Atlantic 85 lifeboat and one of only four inshore rescue hovercraft.
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Attraction 5:
Hunstanton Tourism Information Centre
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0.63 Miles Away
The Hunstanton TIC is situated in the distinctive Town Hall situated on the Green in the centre of Hunstanton town. Hunstanton Tourist Information Centre has been awarded 'official partner' status by Enjoy England, the country's official tourist board, which required meeting quality standards covering the accommodation that is promoted and booked through the centre, customer service and staff training.
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