Whether you are looking to explore North Norfolk’s many round tower churches or go birdwatching at one of the designated nature reserves, the Norfolk Coast’s expansive and rustic environment made up of pretty coastal villages and salt marshes is filled with attractions and activities to explore for every visitor. Within its expansive marshes, you will find Cley Marshes, one of the oldest birdwatching sites in the UK.
The North Norfolk Coast is known for its stunning beaches and wide skies, peppered with wonderful villages with hidden gems and hideaways that both individuals, couples and families will love; the chance to get away for the perfect holiday retreat. The North Norfolk coastline with the Wash to the far west, England’s largest bay, offers plenty of opportunities to enjoy the expansive beaches and seaside hotspots. There’s Holme-next-the-Sea, a small village known for its radiant sandy beach that seems to go on forever. The Norfolk Coast Path runs the whole length of the Norfolk coast and many visitors all it has to offer. A popular seaside town is Cromer, situated atop the cliffs overlooking its remarkable beach and a historic pier.
For seaside fun, the Norfolk coastal resort of Hunstanton or “Sunny Hunny” offers donkey rides, a swimming pool, and a theatre; something for all the family. Meanwhile, visitors head to Holkham for long walks and to Blakeney for fun at the quayside. Blakeney has a number of shops, restaurants and cafes as well as some very good waymarked walks through the marshes and out onto the sea wall. Just a few miles inland you will find the picture-postcard village of Burnham Market, recognised for its upscale boutiques and popular with celebrity-spotting.
Cley-next-the-Sea, located in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, offers visitors the chance to enjoy one of Norfolk’s prettiest villages at the heart of the North Norfolk heritage coast. Don’t miss the 18th Century windmill and the famous St. Margaret’s Church, two prominent landmarks in the village.
The Norfolk Wildlife Trust (NWT) Visitor Centre at Cley Marshes is a must visit and offers the perfect viewpoint for birdwatchers to spot a wide variety of species in their natural habitat.
For a memorable holiday, it’s practical to stay at a hotel close to the coast such as The George Hotel at Cley, an inn with seven of its rooms serving as a perfect viewing spot of the Cley Marshes.
An Introduction to the Norfolk Coast. Tournorfolk.co.uk
Cley Marshes Nature Reserve. Wildlifeextra.com
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