Eight reasons why we love Norfolk


Eight reasons why we love Norfolk

The beaches and coast
We have 90 miles of coast in Norfolk (93 when the tide’s out)! The beaches in Norfolk offer a huge variety, whether you are looking for somewhere unspoilt and ideal for walking, or something to keep all the family entertained, you will find it here.
Wells-next-the-Sea has a lovely wide sandy beach, backed by pine woods, and two hundred colourful beach huts. Brancaster, a very dog-friendly beach, has miles of unspoilt golden sand, and houses the remains of an old shipwreck which can be seen when the tide is out. Hunstanton beach is Norfolk’s only west-facing beach, allowing you to admire incredible sunsets here. This beach offers two sides, there is the old beautiful Victorian seaside backed by dunes and the renowned striped cliffs and then a little further down the coast you will find the lively family resort with a large sandy beach, pony rides and amusements. These are just a few of our favourites.

The best birdwatching in the UK
Norfolk is a birdwatchers' paradise. Common birds in Norfolk range from ghostly barn owls, kingfishers, cetti's warbler and moustached bearded tits. There are internationally-renowned nature reserves across the county, particularly in the unique Norfolk Broads and along the north Norfolk coast. RSPB Titchwell is only 1 mile away from us here at The Chequers Inn hotel and restaurant.  If you are wondering what sightings you might come across in Norfolk in spring, our sister inn, The Lifeboat Inn has shared with us their pick of spring birding highlights in North Norfolk

Bird watching near The Chequers Inn, Thornham, Norfolk
Norfolk is a birdwatchers' paradise

Steam railways
When visiting North Norfolk, taking a trip on one of the heritage steam railways is a must. We recommend trying the North Norfolk Railway, also known as The Poppy Line, one of the UK's most scenic heritage railways, between coastal Sheringham and Georgian Holt. This will give you the opportunity to enjoy a journey back in time and see Norfolk’s stunning coast and countryside.

Stately homes and halls
Norfolk offers a range of historic houses and National Trust properties to visit, perfect for a fun day out. Holkham Hall is one of the finest Palladian houses and Houghton Hall & Gardens is the home of Britain’s first Prime Minister. The National Trust’s Blicking Estate, Anne Boleyn's birthplace, is another fantastic place to explore along with Felbrigg Hall, and we can’t forget about Sandringham, the Royal Family's private country house.

Nearly all homes and halls mentioned above display permanent exhibits as well as an annual itinerary of events such as summer fates, Easter egg hunts and craft fairs.

Sandringham Estate near The Chequers Inn, Thornham
©Sandringham Estate

Locally produced food and drink
Whether you are looking for freshly caught crab, locally produced cheese or delicious local ales, you will find it in Norfolk. Norfolk has some of the best fresh, seasonal produce. You can sample wonderful local ingredients in many of our delicious dishes featured on our menu.

Delicious food at The Chequers Inn, Thornham
Chargrilled sirloin of Holkham Estate beef

Beach huts
When you think of an English seaside, you think of beach huts, and North Norfolk has some stunning ones. Some are tall and leggy on stilts, others are nestled amongst the dunes. Wells-next-the-Sea have around 200 higgledy-piggledy colourful beach huts, and this is worth a visit alone. 

Wells-next-the-Sea near The Chequers Inn, Thorham
Beach huts at Wells-next-the-Sea

One of the best ways to explore the beautiful countryside and coast is by foot. Norfolk’s footpaths are well maintained and clearly signed so you should have no problem exploring. Throughout Norfolk there are many trails and routes, some are short relaxing walks, and others provide you with a challenge. The county’s routes are listed on Norfolk Trails along with information about each route and downloadable maps, so be sure to visit their site to find the right walk for you.

The Chequers Inn (of course!)
That alone should be reason enough to visit Norfolk, right? We’re just kidding, but we would love to welcome you (and your four-legged friends) to our 16th century, pretty village inn, a place you can stay, relax and enjoy a great meal. We have a traditional bar where you can indulge in a pint of real ale and a pub meal by the crackling fire, or you could sample some delicious food from our a la carte menu in the contemporary dining room or in our charming courtyard. We even do pizzas! We also have 11 stylish bedrooms for you to relax in after exploring the beautiful North Norfolk coast.