Walk the North Norfolk coast path and enjoy the stunning scenes
13th October 2016
The Norfolk Coast Path runs from Hunstanton, in the west, to Cromer in the east. Much of it is within the Norfolk’s heritage coast Area of Outstanding Beauty (ANOB), so you’re guaranteed some stunning scenes from the outset.
And from the outset you’ll be impressed by the views. Hunstanton faces west over The Wash, so look out for the sunsets. There aren’t many places on the east coast of England where you can see the sun go down over the sea!
From Hunstanton beach you’ll get the best view of the cliffs. Walk there at low tide and take in the panorama of the cliffs in all their colourful layered splendour.
Not far from Hunstanton you’ll find Holme – next – the – Sea. It’s a charming, and ‘very Norfolk’ village of flint and pan tiled cottages. From here there are not only some great views over the salt marshes, but plenty of birdwatching opportunities. There’s an important reserve nearby.
Brancaster is another spot for outstanding views, as is Holkham. It’s unlikely that you’ll ever see a beach like it! And the Hall and estates are breathtaking, with the tree line running down to the sands.
When you come to Wells-next-the -Sea you’ll find a really attractive north Norfolk town. There’s a fantastic beach, edged by pines, and a harbour packed with fishing boats. The children love crabbing here. The town itself has lots of shops, most of which are independent local businesses. There are great places to eat and drink, in amongst the fine Georgian houses. All year round Wells is host to fetes and fairs as well as exhibitions. In the summer the Wells Carnival Week is not to be missed!
You must see Blakeney Point. There’s an extra walk there for you out to the Point, and the views are spectacular. It’s a haven for wildlife and the big Norfolk skies and horizon are probably never bigger than here!
Within the shelter of Blakeney Point is Morston Quay. It’s a place of crab, mussel and lobster fishing, boat trips to see the seals and stunning coastline. There’s an observation tower with a north facing balcony offering superb views of the Point and the Lifeboat house. These are stunning, uninterrupted, scenes of a magical coast.
Sheringham is yet another lovely north Norfolk coastal town. It’s a bustling little place with plenty to do, and plenty of places to simply take in the sea views. Things to see in Sheringham include the Lifeboat Station, the Fishermens’ Heritage Centre, and ‘The Mo’. This independent museum is all about ‘people and boats’. You can really get a glimpse into the heritage of fishing folk, their boats and how they built them and all the traditional crafts of the area. It’s a great family visit.
Cromer is a slightly bigger town, bit it’s Norfolk seaside personified. Steeped in history, lovely to look at and wonderful to wander through it’s a definite ‘must do’ on a walk through North Norfolk.
All of the scenes to take in on the north Norfolk Coast Path are so accessible from Woodland Holiday Park. We love the fact that we’re tucked away just enough to give you the seclusion you want on holiday, but still close enough to so many of the sights that make the area attractive.
Aside from the natural splendour of cliffs and sea shores, birds, woodlands, seals and wild life there are some wonderful stately homes in the area. Felbrigg Hall near Cromer for instance is a house with a history! It’s set in wonderful parkland, and has outstanding gardens. It’s certainly worth investigating.
For railway fans the area has the North Norfolk Railway. Watching a steam locomotive pull its carriages across the Norfolk countryside is a sight worth seeing. It’s like a time warp!
That’s full size steam of course. But don’t forget to visit the Wells and Walsingham Light Railway. It’s the longest 10 1/4’’ narrow gauge steam railway in the world! The unique little steam engines are certainly a sight to see.
You can plan your walk on the Coast Path as a long day’s hike, or several shorter expeditions. And knowing you’re coming back to your lodge or cabin in our park makes the day all the more special.
There are lots of information points and loads of websites where you can pick up maps and directions for all the sights and scenes of north Norfolk. And of course the staff at Woodland Holiday Park are always happy to help. We could never make the list complete here, so do find out as much a you can to make the most of your stay.
North Norfolk is a delight all year round and the Coast Path is a fantastic way to enjoy some stunning scenes. From sunsets to seal trips, from history to heritage and from towns to secluded beaches, it’s all here to be discovered. Family friendly, hugely dog friendly and full of very friendly people North Norfolk is an idea holiday location. Just like Woodland Holiday Park!