Where the sky meets the sea…
Apologies for the blogging hiatus, I have had a manic few months interning and trying to find a full-time job! Today I finally decided it was time for me to stop binge watching Orange is the New Black (amazing TV show by the way, review to come shortly) and get posting again!
This post is based on a holiday I went on back at the end of July. My mum, two brothers, boyfriend and I went on holiday to the North Norfolk coast. With Kate and Wills’ move to North Norfolk, and many celebrities moving to trendy upmarket areas such as Burnham Market, the area is seeing a fashionable revival of boutiques, cafes and restaurants.
However, what I most love about the area are the miles of unspoilt coastline. I am the sort of person who is happier by the sea…as soon as I breathe in the sea air I feel refreshed and invigorated. I am not exaggerating when I say that this stretch of coastline is the most stunning I have ever seen in the UK.
Many of the beaches we visited were set miles away from their nearest villages or towns. On average we had to walk at least half an hour to get to the beaches. However, this isolation has brought positive effects for the area, meaning it is completely unspoilt by tourism and building works. The whole North Norfolk coast is a conservation area, meaning wildlife remains protected in its natural environment. For bird watchers, it is a must!
Rather than being a picture postcard seaside scene, the North Norfolk coast is, as my mum describes it, ‘wild and woolly’. It is for the adventurous, for people who love the outdoors and are prepared to walk miles of muddy path to get to the sea. I can assure you, the beaches are well worth the walk.
Without further ado, here is a run-down of my favourite places I visited…
This was where we stayed throughout our trip. The town is a strange combination of upmarket and tacky, with chic art galleries nestled amongst tacky seaside shops. The best part of Wells is the beach, which, like most of the North Notfolk coastline, is set away from the central town. This does not stop it being a busy beach, especially in the summer months! However, a walk to the farther and quieter end of the beach (where our beach hut was located) gave us the privacy and peacefulness we were after.
Holkham Hall is a decadent Palladian mansion that sits a few miles away from its stunning coastline. The house has incredibly opulent interiors, which have played host to many films sets such as that of Keira Knightley film ‘The Duchess’. The house and estate had much to explore, including a lake, bike hire and walled gardens. The highlight of Holkham, however, is its stunning beach. Even though when we went, it was incredibly foggy, we were still awed and amazing by the vastness of it: it really shows you the overwhelming power of nature. It is not difficult to see why this beach has won ‘Best Beach of the UK’.
Blakeney Seal Trip
A trip to the North Norfolk Coast is not complete without a trip out to Blakeney point to see the seals. I have been doing this ever since I was little, but coming back made it even more magical. The area itself boasts beautiful countryside, but it is when you get out in the boat to see the seals where the trip comes alive. The seals are very tame, and it was just incredible to see them in such close proximity. Many were popping their heads up and swimming around the boat with absolutely no fear whatsoever! This is an amazing trip which will appeal to every age.
Burham Overy Staithe
Burham Overy Staithe is just a little further along the coast from Holkham. It is very similar to Holkham in the fact that you have to walk to get out to the beach. The boardwalk to get along to the beach was one of the most beautiful things about it, allowing you to see gorgeous countryside, inlets and sailing boats as you made your journey. I love sand dunes, and the beach had miles and miles of them! The view down to the beach from the sand dunes was also absolutely stunning. Due to the distance of the walk, this beach was very quiet and secluded…this was a huge bonus for me!
The North Norfolk coast offers something for everyone, whether you are a bird watcher, beach-lover or antique buyer.