What it's like
Often referred to as ‘The Flattest County’, it has in fact a pleasingly rolling landscape, particularly in the North of the county. Providing for varied interests, walking here is ideal for families. Big skies, stunning sunsets, windswept beaches and protected woodland can all be found in this corner of East Anglia. In an AONB, the North Norfolk coast provides ample opportunities for spotting wildlife, and boat trips can be taken from Blakeney to see Common and Grey seals as well as a variety of sea birds. Walk The Peddars Way and Norfolk Coast Path which passes through villages of pretty brick and flint cottages, and close to the birthplace of Admiral Lord Nelson at Burnham Thorpe. Recreational Paths include The Nar Valley Way; Marriott’s Way and St Edmund Way. Whilst in the area you can brush up on your history at Castle Acre by visiting one of the largest and best preserved monastic sites in England; visit historic houses, stately homes or HM The Queen’s country retreat at Sandringham. There are many Inns offering good food along with a large selection of locally brewed beers and ales from an increasing number of micro-breweries. Alternatively, pack your bike and binoculars and captain your own boat to sail away to discover quiet villages along the riverside. The network of waterways which make up the Norfolk Broads give a different perspective on this area which has much to recommend it.
- Loddon The information board in the Church car park outlines a number of circular routes to take in waterside and common land in the south of the county.
- Weavers’ Way A 61 mile long distance path which runs between Cromer and Great Yarmouth. www.countrysideaccess.norfolk.gov.uk
- Hunstanton The only west-facing resort on the East of England. Walk north east along the coast on Peddars Way and Norfolk Coast Path, or, inland to discover rural villages and pubs worthy of your custom.
Must see and do
- Visit Holkham Estate Beautiful sandy beach, film location for ‘Shakespeare In Love’. Stunning Historic House and parkland with large herd of Fallow Deer. Also nearby Heacham where the infamous Norfolk Lavender is grown. www.holkham.co.uk
- Eat Samphire This local delicacy grows in the salt marshes and mud flats around the Norfolk coast. Also, don’t miss the flavoursome Cromer Crabs.
- A Day in Norwich For the Castle, Cathedral and other historic buildings, quaint cobbled streets of Elm Hill and delightful ancient and modern shopping. Walk on Mousehold Heath for fine views of the city, or take a ‘City Boats’ tour of 30mins – 3hrs to savour the city from a different and more peaceful angle. www.cityboats.co.uk
Destination County : Norfolk