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Please refresh the and retry. N orfolk's vast sandy beaches are its chief draw for visitors: even on the busiest summer day there is always space for games, kite-flying or a family picnic in the dunes. Boating, crabbing, digging for cockles and wading in creeks provides hours of entertainment for all. But there's much more to Norfolk's coast than its beaches. Bird life is astonishingly rich, and wild flowers include yellow-horned poppies and lilac-flowering sea pea.
Inland, the undulating countryside and sleepy flint-built villages are perfect for gentle cycling, walking, or touring by car. Grand stately homes make enjoyable days out, and almost every village has a sublimely beautiful medieval church at its centre. Look out for pungent cheeses, smoked fish and salt-marsh flavoured honey.A drive through Norfolk, Virginia's Worst and Best Areas
N ext stop, the beach. Alternatively, walk westwards to Gun Hill — the highest point of the dunes, with views of Scolt Head — to find a quiet picnic spot in the marram grass. These lavish piles only open on certain days, so check before visiting. Best for children is Holkham, with its playground and interactive 'Field to Fork' exhibition. A cheaper option, also in Morston, is the Anchor Inn The Street, Morston;a cosy fire-warmed pub which serves hearty food including Norfolk rib-eye steak and sticky toffee pudding.
Hour-long boat trips depart from Morston Quay, with times varying depending on high tide. Some allow you to land on Blakeney Point for up to an hour. Spend the rest of the morning strolling along the sea wall between Morston and Blakeney. Leave the car in the National Trust car park on Morston Quay ed from the A and head eastwards.
From the raised sea-wall, you get sweeping views of marshes, muddy creeks, moored boats and a rich variety of seabirds including terns, gulls, oystercatchers and lapwings. N ext, jump in the car for a brief tour of the flint-built coastal villages — including Cley, with its windmill, delicatessen and shops selling local pottery, smoked fish and second-hand books. Also, consider a quick foray to the Georgian town of Holt for a browse around antique, art and gift shops.
This vintage-style hideaway has tables in a shady flower-filled garden. S oak in some seaside fun at the Pavilion Theatre on Cromer Pier, which hosts one of the last surviving 'end-of-the-pier' shows in Britain. These run through the winter and summer seasons, attracting a loyal and enthusiastic following who love the traditional blend of comedy, dance, magic and singing.
The chef, Stuart Tattersall, specialises in succulent steaks cooked on an open fire; guests sit refectory-style at long, wooden tables. C ulinary accolades abound for Morston Halla flint- and brick-built country house, including a long-standing and well-deserved Michelin star.
No quirky touches here, but this long-established and highly-regarded hotel is certainly one of the smartest choices along the North Norfolk coast. T he Gunton Arms is a one-of-a-kind hideaway on a tranquil Norfolk estate offering a relaxed, shooting party atmosphere, high-end contemporary artworks and meaty cooking. Peaceful bedrooms combine impeccable taste with a keen eye for comfort and most have long views over unspoilt rural parkland. A 16th-century pub-with-rooms in a coastal Norfolk village, the Chequers Inn has been successfully modernised without compromising the friendly and informal atmosphere.
Local villagers drink Wherry beer alongside hotel guests in the snug bar or eat in the spacious dining room in the rear extension, its soft grey tones lit by gleaming copper down-lighters. A fter a minute guided tour of the lavender fields and a look at the onsite distillery, treat yourself to fragrant soaps, oils and plants from Norfolk Lavender Lynn Road, Heacham; What is Norfolk like in As Autumn takes hold, the coast takes on a different character with a calmer influx of walkers and kite-flyers while inland the narrow lanes attract cyclists and blackberry pickers.
Foodies gather at the North Norfolk Food and Drink Festival at Holkham in early September and the late autumn and winter months attract the birdwatchers who cluster on the salt marshes to view the arrival of bitterns, pink-footed geese and buntings. Springtime is perfect for bracing seaside walks and cosy evenings sampling local seafood in a fire-warmed pub.
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Norwich International Airportto the north of the city, is four miles from the city centre and the Bro, and 40 minutes from the north coast. She has lived in the region for more than two decades, both in North Norfolk and Norwich.
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Where beaches and Bro combine N orfolk's vast sandy beaches are its chief draw for visitors: even on the busiest summer day there is always space for games, kite-flying or a family picnic in the dunes.
Where to stay. Luxury Living C ulinary accolades abound for Morston Halla flint- and brick-built country house, including a long-standing and well-deserved Michelin star. Morston; Boutique Bolthole T he Gunton Arms is a one-of-a-kind hideaway on a tranquil Norfolk estate offering a relaxed, shooting party atmosphere, high-end contemporary artworks and meaty cooking.
Cromer Road, Thorpe Market; Budget Beauty A 16th-century pub-with-rooms in a coastal Norfolk village, the Chequers Inn has been successfully modernised without compromising the friendly and informal atmosphere. High Street, Thornham; Check availability. What to bring home. When to go. Know before you go. Getting there B y air Norwich International Airportto the north of the city, is four miles from the city centre and the Bro, and 40 minutes from the north coast. Experience Norfolk with The Telegraph.
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