A thousand protesters gathered at Snettisham on Sunday to walk the mile-long beach path to show support for the move to have the path declared a public right of way.
Chalet owners along the beach provided some opposition, but the turnout showed the strength of feeling, which should help at the public inquiry starting on June 10 at Snettisham Memorial Hall.
Supporters of all ages strolled along the much-disputed footpath, which runs along the beach’s sea defences, despite some of the chalet owners’ claims it has never been a public right of way.
Parish clerk Simon Bower said: “The council was immensely gratified that so many people chose to take part, and to do so in such good humour. So much of the work to date has fallen on a small group preparing a case for the public inquiry next month.
“It was wonderful to see so many villagers taking the opportunity to express their support in a practical and overwhelming way.”