Many people have a great desire to travel and explore exciting, unfamiliar places. The United Kingdom has a lot to offer in those terms, with its rich natural beauty and vibrant culture.
In 2014, overseas tourists have spent 21.3 billion pounds travelling throughout the UK, and insiders predict that 2015 spending will be even higher than that. The top tourist spots were the Tower of London, Stonehenge and Edinburgh Castle in Scotland. Although most of these are located in the UK.’s big cities, England alone is teeming with tourist attractions that have always been popular destinations but are perhaps more off the beaten track sitting outside of the major population centres.
For instance, tourists who wish to escape the big city can find idyllic holiday spots in Norfolk, specifically in Blakeney and Cley on North Norfolk’s heritage coast. Hotels near Blakeney, such as the George Hotel at Cley, provide the perfect haven for nature lovers and bird watchers from all over who come to Norfolk to enjoy the world-class nature and bird-watching opportunities. Hotel guests can enjoy coastal village life, as well as spot the abundant wildlife along the salt marshes and long stretch of coastline.
Here are some great reasons to visit Norfolk for a short break, especially if you are a lover of wildlife and the natural environment:
Importance for wildlife
The many nature conservation designations testify to the area’s national and international importance for wildlife. Coastal and intertidal habitats (cliffs, shingle banks, sand dunes, lagoons, saltmarsh, mudflats, sandflats and freshwater marsh) and the birds and other wildlife they support (particularly the wildfowl and waders in the areas of the North Norfolk Heritage Coast and the Wash), together with some inland habitats such as heathland, are particularly important.
The area has geodiversity features of national importance, including outstanding examples of coastal, glacial and glacio-fluvial landforms such as eskers and outwash plains, as well as geological sites.
Remoteness and tranquillity
The area’s qualities of remoteness, as an area apart from the pattern of life elsewhere and of tranquillity – it’s quiet and peaceful atmosphere and relaxed pace of life – are qualities reflected in art and literature, and are often mentioned today as those that people particularly value.
Landscape, biodiversity and geodiversity
The Norfolk Coast is richly diverse, with distinctive landscapes, wildlife, settlements, geological features, building styles and materials, communities, history and culture. The area is essentially unspoilt with a strong feeling of remoteness, peace and tranquillity.
The coast has a strong feeling of wilderness and of being exposed to and shaped by the elements. In general, there is a managed approach to achieving a more naturally functioning coastline, which is increasingly valuable for its habitats and the species they support, including breeding, migrating and wintering birds. The landscape shows many links with history, with features and patterns created by past cultures and land use, and with its geological past through large scale features and individual sites. There are wide skyscapes, seascapes and dark night skies that show the richness and detail of star patterns. All parts of the area support a rich diversity of characteristic wildlife and habitats associated with natural variations and management, including species and habitats of national and international importance.
A lovely hotel near Blakeney, such as The George Hotel at Cley, can provide tourists that rare opportunity to get closer to nature to enjoy all that this part of Norfolk has to offer.
(Sources: Get ready for another tourist invasion! Holidaymakers to spend record £22 BILLION in UK in 2015 with number of visitors expected to surpass 35 million, dailymail.co.uk; www.yournorfolkcoast.org.uk)
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