The village clings to a cliff area known as the Cromer Ridge, a ridge that was made up by melting ice sheets at the end of the last Ice Age, which extends from Cromer through to Holt.
This part of Norfolk has a good range of walking possibilities, from gentle strolls to long hikes - with some comfortable and attractive places to stay in, and plenty of good food.
Roman Camp is littered with pathways and bridleways located at the back of West Runton and acquired by the National Trust. It is regarded as the highest point in Norfolk at 328 feet above sea level. From these hills are woods and extensive heath land with fine views out to sea.
There are a handful of shops and a
village inn and a number of places to eat in the
village The busier seaside resorts of Cromer and Sheringham are
approximately two miles away, one to the left of West
Runton and the other to the right, both accessible by
road, walking or train.
Sheringham to the west is a bustling seaside town with a market every Saturday and also a smaller one on Wednesdays. There are a number of art and craft and antique shops along with the normal shops that one would expect from a thriving community. Sheringham is home to the North Norfolk Railway which operates steam train rides into Holt.
Up the hill from West Runton is
Felbrigg Hall a fine 17th century house standing in a
1,750 acre estate. The house now managed by the National
Trust is furnished with original 18th century furniture
and paintings. The walled garden has been restored and
there are extensive walks around the wood and
lake. The hall is also haunted.