Pack your bags it’s time to explore the Norfolk Coast and some of the UK’s best beaches…
In my twenty-nine years of living in East Anglia, I had visited Norfolk a grand total of once. One time. One camping trip. I was around sixteen years old, suited and booted in Jack Wills from head to toe (it was 2009, enough said) and enjoyed a couple of days tent camping with a few friends. It was here I actually discovered I don’t really enjoy camping in tents, which is predominantly what led to the purchase of my campervan. I love to explore, discover and feel at one with nature, but I also need a solid roof, you know?
With the introduction of Elvis into my life (my campervan, in case you’re not yet acquainted), it was time to hit the road and explore. Norfolk was pretty high on my list, as not only is it in fairly close proximity to Cambridgeshire, the roads are flat and easy to navigate, and of course, the beaches are pretty amazing too. In fact, I returned to Norfolk three times further during the summer as it really took hold of me. The laidback, slower pace of life, endless campsites, beachside restaurants and nature walks. This is the life for me!
If you’re planning a trip to Norfolk (and so you should) be sure to check out these five wonderful locations…
White sandy beach, crystal clear water, is the Maldives, or is it Brancaster Beach? A real gem on the Norfolk coast, this dog-friendly beach is most definitely worth visiting. You may even notice a shipwreck on the beach as you walk east! Take a picnic as there’s only a small snack shop, and breathe in that fresh sea air.
And more specifically, the Sandringham Estate. If long walks among tall trees and wildlife are your thing, you’ll love a trip to the Sandringham Estate. It’s dog-friendly so you can bring your pooch along for the ride too! It’s worth checking opening times before you go as some part of the estate close for the winter months, so this is best kept for spring-summer trips.
This picturesque traditional village on the North Coast is known for its chic boutique shops, the most-fabulous pink sweet shop, and is only a short drive from spectacular beaches. Pop by Mabel’s for your sugar fix and why not head to The Hoste Arms afterwards for a quick pint?
Holkham Hall and Beach
Hailed as one of the most beautiful unspoiled stretches of coast in the country, Holkham Beach is pure delight. Enjoy miles of golden sand dunes and pine trees once you’ve made your way down – there’s a little bit of walking involved, but it’s worth it! Not only will you be spoilt by the beach and nature reserve, there’s also Holkham Hall nearby, a truly magnificent stately home. Here you can wander around the immaculate gardens and even rent out a boat on the lake!
Wells is a popular Norfolk destination for travellers, and what’s not to love! Situated in the heart of the North Norfolk coast, this coastal town is bursting with independent shops, historical houses and dog-friendly places to eat. The beach and town are separated by approximately one mile, but there are various routes to take you from A to B, and it’s a great chance to take in the views. A stroll along the harbour is sure to blow away the cobwebs.