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A Week in Norfolk

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An August 2010 trip to Norfolk by Joy S

Beautiful sea views Photo, Norfolk, England More Photos
Quote: We spent a week in August touring around the beautiful North Norfolk coast - based in the quaint and traditional seaside resort of Wells-next-the-Sea.

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Beautiful sea views Photo, Norfolk, England
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This northern section of East Anglia is one of the most rain shy counties in Britain and is tailor made for family holidays. It offers masses of scope for traditional bucket and spade holidays on uncrowded sandy beaches.With well under 900,000 inhabitants, spread over an area of 2,074 miles, Norfolk remains largely a rural county. The highest point in the county is Beacon Hill in West Norfolk - just 103 metres above sea level.Norfolk regularly attracts 5 million staying visitors annually and also lots of day trippers. There are wonderful medieval churches and castles, thatched cottages and pretty villages. The coastline is long with both pebbled and sandy beaches, tiny fish...Read More

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* There are lots of places you can cycle. The paths are safe and scenic and it is very easy as Norfolk is predominantly flat. This is a great way to see the countryside.* Animal lovers will enjoy spotting the many seabirds that stop off along North Norfolk's beautiful coastal creeks as they migrate to and from breeding grounds. You can also often see seals as you walk along the coastal path.* Summer is the best time to appreciate the huge skies, warm weather and below average rainfall. The countryside is also really pretty in spring and autumn. The North Easterly winds can and do strike at any time, but even then, strolls along the blustery beach are still magical. The w...Read More

Beach Walk, Wells-next-the-Sea

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Ground floor double bedroom Photo, Norfolk, England
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We stayed in Beach Walk, a mile from the sandy beah at Wells-next-the-Sea and just a couple of minutes walk from the harbour and the centre of the little town.Beach Walk is a 4 bedroom town house on 3 levels. It has a large balcony on the first floor, a little enclosed terrace garden and from the living/dining area on the first floor you have views across open marshland towards the sea in the distance.It is one of a row of houses on a new and pleasant little housing development. The house is very spacious - the ground floor had a large double bedroom, a bathroom with shower and a garage which had a little snooker table, table football and other games. There was also a laundr...Read More

Wells-next-the-Sea

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View from the walkway to the beach Photo, Norfolk, England
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This was where we were based for our week in North Norfolk - it was perfect for us and for a family holiday.Wells-next-the-Sea is one of the most attractive little towns on the North Norfolk coast. It has a long and sweeping beach bordered by pine woodland, a gentle harbour with small fishing boats where children fish for crabs and generally it is an unspoilt seaside destination.Architecturally it is lovely with quaint lanes and alleyways, hidden courtyards and traditional flint houses with pantiled roofs dating back to the 17th century.The area around the town gives opportunities for sight seeing, water sports, bird watching and country walks.The main ...Read More

Holt, Norfolk

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Holt Photo, Norfolk, England
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Holt is about a 20 minute drive from Wells-next-the-Sea. The streets are extremely narrow and parking is fairly limited. We found a parking area just outside the town - about 10 minutes walk away - where it was free to park, and then we walked into the centre of the little town.Holt is a lovely old-fashioned Georgian town of impeccable colour washed houses, gourmet grocery shops, antique shops and picture galleries. We passed a thoroughly pleasant morning browsing around its narrow back streets and watching the world from a cosy tea shop.Holt is 7 miles from the sea and I read it has been referred to as "the Fulham of North Norfolk".Most of the buildings are Geor...Read More

Sandringham House

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Sandringham House Photo, Norfolk, England
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It took us about 45 minutes to drive to Sandringham from Wells-next-the-Sea. It is a lovely drive and we passed through some beautiful little villages.Sandringham Country Park is free to enter - there is lots of free parking available as well.Sandringham is the country retreat of the Queen and has been the private home of 4 generations of monarchs since 1862. A visit here is a leisurely day out in the countryside in the most beautiful surroundings.Sandringham House is set in 60 acres of glorious gardens, with lakes, a stream and rhododendron walks. Beyond is a 20,000 acre estate of which 600 acres is a country park with free access throughout the year. It is a w...Read More

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Sandringham House
6 miles NE of King's Lynn
Sandringham, Norfolk PE35 6EH

Cromer

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Cromer pier Photo, Norfolk, England
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Cromer is about 45 minutes drive from Wells-next-the-Sea. We parked in the beach / cliff top car park, just before you get into the town. It cost £5.00 for the whole day and although it involves a 10-15 minute walk into the centre of Cromer, it is a good place to leave your car.Cromer is a charming Edwardian seaside family resort, famous for its pier, succulent crabs and tall church tower. It has long, sandy beaches; landscaped cliff top gardens; Edwardian style promenades; a boating lake; a mini funfair and great fish and chip shops.Cromer was developed into a significant seaside resort by the late Victorians when healthy breezes were sought, rather than sun-drenched sands....Read More

BeWILDerwood

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BeWILDerwood Photo, Norwich, England
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Bewilderwood is at Hoveton, just past Norwich, about 1.5 hours drive from Wells-next-the-Sea. It is a forest full of fun and outdoor adventure and has won various awards. There are tree houses, zip wires, jungle bridges, boat trips and more.Bewilderwood is the setting for the book "A Boggle At BeWilderwood" by local author Tom Blofeld. You can buy copies of the book in the gift shop - it is a lovely children's story.There is plenty of parking and the forest is open between 10.00am and 5.30pm. On their website, they recommend you need a minimum of 3 hours, but we stayed most of the day. It costs £11.50 for adults and children, £8.50 for people aged over 65 years...Read More

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BeWILDerwood
Horning Road
Norwich, England 12 8
01603 783900

Blakeney and Little Walsingham

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Blakeney marshes Photo, Norfolk, England
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Blakeney is a really pretty seaside village. Flint fishermen's cottages tumble down a steep slope to a picturesque quay with wonderful views over the salt marshes. Beyond the harbour is Blakeney Point, the tip of a 4 mile long shingle spit, a National Trust nature reserve, famous for its seals. You can get there on foot, but it is a lot more fun and a lot less tiring to be ferried in a fishing boat from Morston, a small marshland village about a mile along the coast from Blakeney. A round trip takes one hour.The boat trips operate with the tides so the times change daily. The boats do not venture out into the open sea, but stay in the harbour, so apparently it is never choppy. After ...Read More