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NW Norfolk

This section of our website will give you a taste of the coast round as far as Cromer with some useful links for those interested to read more.

King`s Lynn is an ideal base from which to explore North West Norfolk. The River Great Ouse flows through the town and out into the Wash, so there is no beach in the town! The town is best explored on foot. We have plenty of parking space and guests are welcome to leave their cars here during the day.

And now to the coast……heading north out of town on the A149 (follow signposts to Hunstanton) it is not far to Castle Rising, a 12th century keep and earthworks. The the closed but restored station at Wolferton which was the point of arrival for Royals coming to Sandringham in pre-Beecham days. Sandringham itself is well worth a visit but do allow yourselves plenty of time. At least an hour for the house and more than that for the gardens which open an hour before the house does. There is a good restaurant in the visitor area beside the car parks and there are tables and benches for those who bring picnics.

A few miles further on Snettisham is well known by bird spotters. It also has a sandy but exposed beach. NB the tide goes a long way out in the Wash. Check tide times before promising children a splash in the sea. Hunstanton has it all, amusement arcades, fish and chips galore, cliffs, sand and rock pools. Town centre car parks get busy in the summer months. For a quieter walk try Old Hunstanton just to the north.

The A149 then winds east through a succession of pretty villages. Titchwell is best known for its birds. Brancaster Staithe is popular with dinghy sailors (good seafood stall on the staithe). Next is Overy Staithe. You may like to divert inland a bit to visit Burnham Market. A pretty village but overcrowded in the summer with horrible parking issues (it was not designed for Chelsea Tractors!). The Staithe itself is attractive. Car parking is down the small lane opposite the Hero pub (good grub). Take care when parking as much of the area is covered by water at high tide. At the east end of the car park is a raised path. A brisk 30-40 minutes will bring you to miles of sandy and largely unoccupied beach. Those with energy could walk along the beach to Holkham and catch the Coast Hopper bus back. Holkham is worth a visit (both beach and Hall).

Next is Wells. Fishing village, quay, fish & chips, some interesting shops with local crafts. Children enjoy crabbing off the quay (ask for some bacon scraps at breakfast). To the east of the harbour is a raised path (suitable for wheelchairs) which leads to the beach. In the summer months the narrow gauge railway is also an option. The beach is clean and sandy but do take care as the tide comes in very fast and can cut off those who have crossed the river. There is a lifeboat station on the beach and the fleet servicing offshore wind farms is based in a lagoon at the north of the harbour.

As you continue east more pretty villages and narrow winding roads. Stiffkey, in particular, requires care.

Morston, a muddy tidal creek. There is an interesting walk through the marshes to Blakney Harbour. Also, ferries run from here to see the huge seal colonies. Check local press for times (they depend on the tides) and advance booking is required during school holidays. Blakney, another tidal creek popular with dinghy sailors. More seal trips available from here. Some of these trips include an hour or so ashore on Blakney point.

Cley, windmill, narrow street with some interesting craft shops and tearooms. And on to Sheringham. A sandy beach when the tide is out. Here you will find preserved trains which are now connected to the main rail network. Regular trips to Holt (pretty little market town) and occasional longer steam hauled runs through Norwich.

Cromer, a bustling town with cliffs, beach, lifeboat and recently reopened pier.