What to do
with the kids
Walk 5 minutes do Coastal Path, then along the network of marsh paths through the Cley bird reserve to the beach, spotting birds all the way and then swim off the beach, collect shells and pebbles or cast your fishing rod. If you turn left on the beach and walk for an hour or two you will reach the white sands of Blakeney Point where large colonies of seals frequent. Blakeney Point has an old life boat house, now a small museum telling you a bit about this National Trust area.
Walk 5 minutes down Old Womans Lane to the Coastal Path and there are literally miles and miles of marsh paths beautifully maintained and snaking all over the stunning local marshes unique to this part of the coast and home to many interesting birds. Most of this marsh land is owned by the Norfolk Wildlife Trust. You can walk from village to village using these paths and some beaches, there are informative signs along the way and many great places to stop and enjoy a picnic or just take in the stunning views and huge Norfolk skys.
Feed the ducks
Wild ducks and swans at Glandford Ford or rare breeds Blakeney Duck Pond, both well worth a visit.
Low tide at Blakeney and Morston offers plenty of slippery mud banks perfect for mud sliding, though we strongly advise least favourite swim wear and wash as much off in the creak as you possibly can before you leave.
All you need is some string and bacon rind tied on to the end and dangle in the the muddy creaks to tempt out the crabs before letting the poor creatures go again.
St Margaret’s Church in Cley and St Nicholas in Blakeney, both walking distance and quite magnificent, well worth a visit. St Nicholas' has an old light house at one end and St Margarets, more of a cathedral that humble village church tells the tale of medieval times when Cley Port played an important role in Englands economy. Huge ships would sail in, tie up to the church wall to unload precious trading cargo.
Owl trail in Holt
Owl plaques in the pavements of Holt guide you around 24 different points of interest. Stop at the new Council Offices in historic Nelson House on White Lyon Street near the Owl Tea room and Adnams, pick up a guide book which will assist you around this Historic Georgian town. The booklet is current and up to date and it is easy to spot the points of interest. The text is full of facts and stories. Finish your walking tour with a trip to the bookshop in Appleyard where you can pick up a copy of Escapades in Holt: A fine Georgian Town and you can continue the fun following Olly the owl as he poetically explains even more about the town and its history.
Visit Baconsthorpe Castle
The other side of Holt and free to visit, not well signed but hardly ever anyone there and very peaceful and unspoilt.
Visit Binham Priory
Interesting early medieval priory, escaped the dissolution with church still used by the village.
Our Norfolk Beaches
Sand, rock pools, views of Cromer. Park at the cliff top car park - £2 charge. Big sandy beach. Check the tides - When the tide is out there are rock pools to explore. When it's right in you can still access the beach, but 3/4 is submerged. I'd head to the right for about half a mile and camp under the sandy cliff which the kids like to roll down.
A small Edwardian sea side town with plenty of beach to go around. I park at the left hand side of the town behind the steam train station. There's parking there on the front and off the side residential streets. Up the prom to the left, you'll find the life boat centre, great views of the wild north Norfolk coast beyond. The beach is pebbly, but smooth sand appears when the tide is out. Pack your water shoes. Up to the right hand side of the prom, passed the town, you'll find the funky mackerel cafe - for great sea views with a kitsch diner feel and the biggest flapjacks you'll ever see! If you're up this way, check out the pitch and put golfing just up the cliff here. The town has some good charity shops if a rummage is your thing, with some vintage shops tucked away too!
A glorious Victorian seaside town, with a great pier and lovely sandy beach. Don't have to worry about the tide here - always plenty of sand for everyone. Cromer surf school is situated on the prom if you and yours fancy a go. Head to the rocket cafe right on the front for great views of the beach, or the No 1 fish and chips bar at the other end. If you fancy a walk, access the coastal path from here, up past the light house and over the cliffs to Overstrand.. A play in the park and ice cream on the cliff top, then back to Cromer along the beach. It’s about a 2 hour round trip.
Old fashioned sea side loveliness, with soft sand, groins to rest your back on, and lovely views. Park in the town or at the car park on the cliff and head down. Cley next the Sea - There's a bit of a swimming scene in Cley in the evenings. People cycle down to the pebbly beach just out of the town with beers and picnics and have a dip. A lovely grown up beach, with interesting art happenings to stubble across. Great spot for evening Mackerel fishing. The town offers some lovely shops, selling art and books, and smoked fish and some good pubs – the king’s head and the Three Swallows. You can walk from the the camp if staying at Wiveton, through the town and along the marsh
Just a six minute walk if camping with us at Wiveton, or you can park up at the marina and at low tide the kids can play in the 'freshers' - the creeks. It's very muddy, but much fun especially if you've a dinghy to throw into the mix. Maybe take a wetsuit... You can walk to Wiveton cafe from here if you head west along the front, you'll find the footpath up to the fruit farm. Pick your own strawbs, have some afternoon tea or tapas, and wander back to Blakeney. The seal trips run from the harbour at Blakeney. Great fun. Try and find a trip that will drop you at the point for an hour or so. It's wild over there, and heavenly. You can walk to the point, but you need to take a good map and check the tides. It's a good hour there. There’s maps in your pack!
Wells next the Sea
A must while you're here. It’s about a 30 minute drive if staying at Mannington, and 15mins from Wiveton. It’s a magnificent place, with it's HUGE beach, backed with pinewoods and beach huts. It's a splendid wilderness. The woods are just great in themselves. Like a film set. Park in the main carpark near the beach, and walk through the woods, all the way to the end till it pops you out at the Holkham end of Wells beach for a real wild treat. You can take your bikes and cycle to Holkham from here. Look out for the rope swing in the woods - you'll hear the children yelping as you approach. Wells Deli on the front in the town is a good stop for coffee cake and noodles! French’s fish and chips on the quay are renowned. Or head into the centre onto the Green for the Globe and the Crown.
A real wild Jurassic feel here, with working boats moored up on the shingle and lots of fishing going on on the shore. You can access the coastal path from here and walk along the top of the cliffs to Sheringham. It’s just over an hour’s walk. If you don’t fancy the walk home, you can tempt the little ones with a ride on the steam train back to Weybourne.
More marshes and harbours like Blakeney. NT carpark on the marsh. Take your wires and bacon down to one of the bridges over the freshers and try your luck. Won't take long before you get a bite. Salthouse – An endless bank of pebbles for you to perch on. There’s a carpark directly in front of the beach, so you can park up, scramble over and you’re there. Look out for the vintage coffee van that parks up there. You’ll find the Dun Cow on the green – a real pub with great food and the best views of the marsh there is. There’s also Cookies Crab shack on the green for fresh Norfolk Seafood.
Probably the best known beach in North Norfolk. Miles and miles of soft white sands backed with pine woods. A real spectacle in any weather. In fact, as it’s not a swimming destination as the sea is often miles out, it’s a good place to visit when the weather isn’t at its best. Nothing can detract from the spectacular scenery.