The most scenic places in north Norfolk
The most scenic places in north Norfolk
North Norfolk has 45 miles of unspoilt coastline with its traditional seaside towns, flint-build villages, beautiful countryside, forests, heathland, parks, gardens and grand estates. This picturesque part of the world is the perfect place to visit any time of the year, and be sure to bring your camera on your trip to capture all the stunning scenery. We have selected 8 towns and villages that we think should be on everyone’s bucket list.
Blakeney is a beautiful coastal village set on a small hill which leads down to pretty flint cottages and ancient buildings. Blakeney Quay is a great place to visit for crabbing and to launch sailing and pleasure craft. From Blakeney you can take a boat trip to Blakeney Point to visit the seal colonies at the National Nature Reserve. Blakeney Point is a 4 mile long stretch of coastline with wonderful wildlife and a varied landscape. The stunning coastal village is the perfect place for visitors to escape from it all for the day and enjoy the tranquil surroundings.
Brancaster Staithe and Burnham Deepdale
Brancaster Staithe and Burnham Deepdale are two villages that merge into one, along the main coast road. This area of north Norfolk is perfect for long walks and admiring the varied landscape including salt marshes, beaches and woodland. There is also so much to do in Brancaster Staithe and Burnham Deepdale whatever the time of year. January and February are great months for quiet beach walks, May and June offer some of the best weather for sailing, kiting and sea kayaking, while October and November are the best months to spot the fascinating wildlife.
Cley-next-the-Sea is surrounded by beautiful countryside making in the perfect place for walking. Cley-next-the-Sea is well known for its windmill and its magnificent church. This stunning village was once known as an important trading port in the middle ages and is now best known for its renowned nature reserve, reputed as a premier birdwatching site. The village in now popular among visitors for the fantastic views, walks and wildlife. The shingle beach at Cley can be accessed by the footpaths through the marshes and is the ideal spot for fishing.
The coastal village of Thornham, where you will find The Chequers Inn as well as our sister inn, The Lifeboat Inn, is home to less than 500 people yet a magnet for holiday makers and day trippers year-round. In its centre stands All Saints Church, dating as far back to Norman times but, despite various building and renovation projects throughout the centuries, its tower was only finally completed in 1935 to commemorate King George V's Silver Jubilee.
Despite village's diminutive size, it's a busy, quintessential 'North Norfolk' village with lots going on. Just beyond the village lies the Norfolk coast and Thornham Marshes from where you can walk along a boardwalk to Holme Dunes, a Norfolk Wildlife Trust nature reserve. The reserve's varied habitats host migrating birds, owls, natterjack toads, butterflies and dragonflies, as well as other interesting flora and fauna. Just over a mile away, also to the east, lies the ever-popular RSPB nature reserve.
Holkham may be a small village with a population of just 250 people but it is home to a stunning beach and the grand Holkham Hall and Estate. Holkham Hall is an 18th century country house steeped in history and is open to visitors at various times throughout the year. The Holkham National Reserve is the perfect place to visit for a relaxing day out. The reserve is full of breath-taking and dramatic views, windswept sand dunes, a maze of creeks, shady pinewoods, green pastures and marshes.
Wells-next-the-Sea is one of the most picturesque towns on the north Norfolk coast, from the long sweeping beach, the iconic colourful huts and historic harbour. Wells is an unspoilt seaside town with plenty to do such as sightseeing, water sports, birdwatching, walking and many more family fun activities. Like many places along this stretch of the North Norfolk Coast, silting has resulted in limited access to the sea, but back in Tudor times, Wells was one of the great ports of eastern England. Today it is a very popular tourist attraction, and the only one to remain a commercially viable port.
Sandringham is a small village best known as the location of Sandringham House and Estate, the much-loved country retreat of The Queen, and has been the private home of four generations of British monarchs since 1862. The county park surrounding Sandringham Estate is made up of woodland and heath with children’s playgrounds and plenty of walking trails to enjoy.
Hunstanton began as a purposely build resort in 1846 and retains its Victorian character. This seaside resorts remains a popular holiday destination with many family activities such as crazy golf, arcades and a fun fair. Hunstanton’s beach is perfect for building sandcastles, getting your toes wet or flying a kite. If you are looking for somewhere more relaxed and quiet, head over to Old Hunstanton and enjoy a walk along the beach beside the famous stripy cliffs. It’s worth knowing that Hunstanton is the only stretch of Norfolk coast to face west meaning it’s a great spot to take in the sunset.