Burnham Overy parish includes the larger village of
Burnham Overy Town and the smaller coastal village of
Burnham Overy Staithe. Both places are approached
along the coastal A149 road through fields of corn and
extensive views out to the marshes and mudflats and
dunes. The area around here is known as
Burnham Overy Staithe is a small coastal village with
salt marshes and channels out to the ocean, which are
only navigable to small vessels.
In the past the staithe used be a small seaport
frequented by fishermen. Now it is frequented by
walkers, sailors and twitchers alike and is a popular
place in the summer month. The region around
here is designated as a place of outstanding natural
The place has a very different feel during each of the
seasons of the year. In summer it’s a hive of activity
with people wading through the surf at low tide and
prairie fields of pale blue sea lavender in the month of
August. From Burnham Overy Staithe you can catch the
ferry (tide permitting) out to the nature reserve of
Scolt Head Island, a bird and seal sanctuary.
Burnham Overy Staithe is a lovely place in any season,
in the cooler months, determined by the falling of the
barometer, the area becomes almost deserted with only
the cries of the gulls and the tingling of the halyards
on the small boats for company. The large black Burnham
Overy windmill dominates the skyline for miles around
and on the outskirts of the town are a fine group of
18th century mill buildings next to the river Burn.
The Hero, bar and restaurant at Burnham
Overy Staithe, serves as many homemade dishes as
possible, using local produce from as many local
suppliers as they can.
For a range of shops Burnham Market
lies one mile inland and for a taste of hustle and
bustle try Wells-next-the-Sea for a visit which is just
four miles further round the coast road.