My North Norfolk
Published: Thursday 10th Sep 2015
Written by: Heather McCraith
An area of Norfolk so diverse that it challenges every pre-conception you may hold about this county - flat, dull, boring. Not so, we love this part of Norfolk. You only have to move away from the coast and venture inland to find yourself amongst rolling countryside with little traffic and breathtaking glimpses of the beautiful coastline.
Take the country road from Docking and head towards Brancaster. As you approach the crest of a hill the coast appears before you in all its glory; salt marshes and the white sail of a dinghy and in the far distance the shimmer of a wind farm. It’s a sight to stir the senses, whatever the time of year.
The villages of the Royal Sandringham Estate are a delight with their mellow carrstone in such contrast to the brick and flint of the Burnhams. Brancaster Staithe with its sailing activity is colourful and exciting. Holme-next-the Sea has a wonderful beach and easy access to a lovely walk to neighbouring Old Hunstanton. Then there is the Norfolk Coast Path which connects with Peddars Way to provide an exciting off road cycling experience (though possibly best done in stages as it is quite strenuous!). Wells-next-the-Sea is a bustling seaside town and a great place to take the kids crabbing.
We love the variety and choice when it comes to local food and produce. We are so lucky to have top quality venison from Houghton Hall, mussels from Brancaster and Cromer’s crabs – and the list could go on... The farmers markets at South Creake, Weybourne and Fakenham are really great fun for tasting delicious cheeses, chutneys, jams, local cider and beer. Everyone enjoys eating out and there’s such a wide choice here, from Michelin starred dining experiences to great pub grub. One favourite is Morston Hall for a special treat and memorable dining and the Kiwi Inn group have five lovely pubs around the county with three in North Norfolk. The Bell at Wiveton does fantastic fish and chips and serves local beer. Wells Crab House Café is a relatively new addition; the food is tasty, the atmosphere relaxed and the staff very helpful and friendly.