Enjoy East Coast Norfolk
Enjoy the Area!
The established seaside resort of Great Yarmouth is the gateway to this great part of the county where you will find all the traditional pursuits associated with an active holiday centre and much more besides.
As you start to head north along the coast there are miles of sandy and less populated beaches to be found at Scratby, Hemsby and the Winterton Dunes, which are also a National Nature Reserve. Come inland and visit the famous Horsey Windpump, climb to the top of its five stories to see spectacular views of the coast and The Broads. It is surrounded by an internationally important site for wildlife and offers a great spot for birdwatching and wintering wildfowl. There are still more beaches! Sea Palling, Bacton and Mundesley all have long stretches of fine sand great for family games, building sandcastles or just relaxing with a picnic and the paper. Whilst at Mundesley, drop into the Maritime Museum or hire a rod and fish from the beach. Don’t miss our famous red and white striped lighthouse at Happisburgh, the oldest working lighthouse in East Anglia; the light itself has a range of 18 miles and is an iconic landmark for the area and if cycling, mountain biking or walking are your thing, why not visit Bacton Woods, which is set in over 280 acres of ancient woodland, dating back to Saxon times.
Come further inland and find a relaxed pace of life by cycling, riding, walking or driving at a slower pace around the Quiet Lanes. A designated area in the north eastern quarter of the county near North Walsham and within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the Quiet Lanes project covers 54m² and links rights of way networks, open spaces, bridleways, towns, villages and places of interest. As well as the newly opened stretch of the England Coast Path from Sea Palling to Weybourne, you can also stretch your legs - and the dogs’ too! – on Weavers Way, which runs from Cromer to Great Yarmouth, Paston Way, which runs from Cromer to North Walsham or try out some of the Bittern Line Railway ramble paths. This part of the county is also caressed by The Broads and you can easily access both Rollesby and Ormesby Broad and the National Nature Reserve of Hickling Broad, which are just a few miles from the coast.
Eat out in beachside cafés, great tea-rooms, welcoming village and coastal pubs or find fine dining; the award winning Gunton Arms near Thorpe Market, should not be missed. The area is famous for its local crab, lobsters and mussels and great farm shops selling delicious local produce and if you do not want to venture any further than your cottage sitting room, you can even arrange to have a vintage tea delivered to your door!
East Norfolk is full of surprises and there is much to discover in this lesser known part of the county, the big skies and light and the peaceful, tranquil scenery will draw you back time and again.