Normal for Norfolk!
Published: 14 September 2017
While I love to head abroad on holiday, I’m also very happy to take a staycation as there are just so many beautiful places to visit within these shores. While the weather can be a bit hit and miss, on a warm, sunny day it’s hard to beat this green and pleasant land. There are also definite upsides to travelling within the UK such as the obvious lack of airport stress and no baggage restrictions (which is just as well as you need to pack for every eventuality clothes-wise).
One place I really enjoy visiting is North Norfolk. Its stunning scenery, quaint towns, vast beaches, epic skylines and relaxed pace of life all add up to ensure a lovely break from the norm. Here’s just a few of my favourite places.
Wells Next the Sea
Wells offers the perfect mix of British seaside charm, with its quay, amusements, sweet shops and fish and chips (French’s is the Coulter family’s favourite) but which also cater for more modern tastes with its array of independent shops, cafes and restaurants (try The Crown situated on The Buttlands or The Golden Fleece opposite the quay). But its top draw is its beautiful beach backed by a very long row of iconic beach huts (some are available to hire) and when the tide’s out the sand stretches for miles. Plus if you have a dog, the beach is perfect as it’s sectioned into two with one side allowing dogs all year round.
Blakeney’s narrow high street, flanked by centuries-old flint and brick houses, leads down to the quay where you can head out for a bracing walk on the coastal path. Blakeney is also the perfect place to try your hand at crabbing. Local shops sell all the kit you need to catch yourself some Gilly Crabs. I’d highly recommend staying at Blakeney House, a very hospitable boutique B&B just a few minutes’ walk from the quay which offers stylish rooms, fab food plus a large garden and parking. Also just a few miles away is Wiveton Hall Café, which is currently being featured on BBC2’s Normal for Norfolk) where the tapas nights are well worth a try.
A must-do is to head out on one of the many skippered boats (run by companies such as Beans - check sailing times daily as these vary depending on tide times, you’ll also find their reps situated on the quay at Blakeney) to see the many seals at Blakeney Point. Enjoy the food at The Anchor pub or for Michelin-starred fine dining head to Morston Hall.
If you’re looking for a campsite with great views it’s hard to beat High Sand Creek. Situated overlooking the marshes you really can kick back and get away from it all. Although the village is small there’s the fab Stiffkey Stores which serves great coffee and produce, The Red Lion is in easy walking distance too.
Not only is the beach great here, there’s lots to do at the Hall (both have been used as backdrops in many blockbuster films and TV series), which offers a woodland play area, bicycle and row boat hire and a vast parkland to explore. Tours of the house are also an enjoyable way to spend a few hours if the weather’s not so good.
The list of other places to explore along this beautiful coastline is literally never ending so there really is something for everyone in North Norfolk.