A Meander Through Wells

Published: Monday 17th Mar 2014

A meander through Wells-next-the-Sea and onto the beach.

On a beautiful warm and spring Sunday in March it was a delight to be out on the Norfolk coast. Wells was buzzing and when you visit this small, pretty coastal town you will see why.  Staithe Street is a glorious mix of eclectic shops, many traditional and others more of a boutique style.  A great deli, well stocked fruit and veg shop, Howells butchers (a renowned local name) and so much more.

Combine this with great pubs, the Crown and the Globe on the Buttlands come to mind, tea shops and cafes like the Wells Crab House café and the award winning fish and chip shops that that are French’s and Plattens, the variety is superb.

The quayside bustles with activity, fishing boats moored up, mounds of lobster and crab pots a reminder that Wells is very much a fishing town despite its tourism. Children having fun with crabbing lines, peering into buckets with wriggly crabs and counting them, if they can, is always great fun to watch.

Walking down the esplanade to the beach is rewarding whether the tide is in or out, so much to observe, fishing and sailing boats, the high cry of a curlew and the waders having a fine time digging for worms. Observing the high tech catamarans in their new basin, down by the lifeboat station and hearing the chug chug of the narrow gauge railway transporting children and parents to the beach.

The beach is super, wide open spaces and colourful beach huts. The sand firm enough for stretching your legs and enjoying a long walk to Holkham and back through the pine woods. This is one of the few beaches that allow dogs all year round.  Or do as we did, find a sunny sheltered spot and have a picnic lunch and let the children enjoy the freedom of running around unrestricted.

On the way back there is a really good children’s park that should not be missed. The pirate ship was a great attraction and my three year old grandson had to be prised away with a bribe of ice cream. Wells is a place to visit and enjoy whatever the time of year and has something for all ages.

By Heather McCraith - 17/03/14