Valentine's in Norfolk
Published: Thursday 14th Feb 2019
Written by: Georgia Dawson
Valentine’s Day is fast approaching, and Norfolk is the perfect destination for a romantic retreat. With over 90 miles of stunning coastline, the beautiful Norfolk Broads, the rolling countryside and the vibrant city of Norwich on your doorstep – what more could you ask for? Below are some of the wonderful things you can do this Valentine’s Day in Norfolk:
Walk along Holkham Beach.
As featured in the 1998 award-winning film, Shakespeare in Love, Holkham beach is a magical destination for a romantic stroll. Holkham beach offers gorgeous white sand stretching as far as the eye can see, stunning pine trees bordering the beach and, of course, the stunning Holkham Hall. With the coast’s tidal creeks and salt marshes, the beach is also a haven for wildlife.
Holkham National Nature Reserve covers over 9,000 acres, stretching from Burnham Norton to Blakeney. With footpaths leading from the three main car parks, you can explore most of this unspoilt landscape by foot or bicycle. Perfect for dog walkers, family explorers, bird watchers and nature lovers – the gorgeous Holkham Reserve can be enjoyed by all. The Holkham National Nature Reserve consists of the muddy foreshore, picturesque dunes, colourful saltmarsh, dense pinewoods and open grazing marsh.
- Spot the snowdrops at Walsingham.
Walsingham Abbey is a beautiful place to visit this Valentine’s Day as the Abbey’s snowdrops are in season, with 18 acres of woodland carpeted with snowdrops to explore. Walsingham Abbey offer Snowdrop Walks daily from Saturday 26th January to Sunday 3th March 2019, 10am – 4pm.
After a day exploring Walsingham Abbey, pop to the Bull Inn for a spot of lunch. Enjoy some home-cooked food and indulge in their large range of fine wines and ales. Alternatively, head to Walsingham Café for a delicious range of scones, cakes and sweet tarts, which are all baked in-house, and a lunch menu which includes soups, salads, fish cakes and tarts.
- Watch the sunset at Hunstanton.
Hunstanton is the only coastal resort on the east Norfolk coast that faces west. The traditional seaside resort of Hunstanton boasts a large sandy beach, shallow waters and breath-taking striped cliffs. The spectacular sunsets over the cliffs make for the perfect end to a Valentine’s celebration.
Behind the beach is a traditional promenade along which you can simply stroll and take in some fresh sea air, or try out some exciting rides at the fairground. Alternatively, take a walk along the Norfolk coastal path in this area and you are guaranteed stunning views and ample birdwatching opportunities throughout the year.
- Wander down Lovers Lane.
This Valentine’s, why not take a relaxing, romantic stroll along the wonderfully-named Lovers Lane in Ludham. Take the chance to visit the tranquil How Hill Nature Reserve and its fens, rivers and woodland trails.
Woodlands, hedgerows and bounteous farmland make for a majestic countryside perfect for a relaxing holiday far from the madding crowd. Delve into this picturesque landscape and you’ll uncover a rich tapestry of country life, from village fetes and harvest festivals, to cricket on the green and autumnal bonfire celebrations. It’s this nod to times past, ancient traditions and the sense of rural community that makes Norfolk so special.
- Take a trip on the romantic railway.
Relax and observe the beauty of Norfolk from the North Norfolk Railway. The fabulous North Norfolk Railway offers a 10.5 mile round trip by steam train, originally built by Mr. Marriott in 1887.
As well as offering spectacular train journeys throughout the year (closed over winter), the North Norfolk Railway hold special events such as a Valentine’s Special on 16th February 2019, a 1940s weekend between 14th – 15th September 2019 and Santa Specials throughout December.