Stay at home: North Norfolk

Ticked the Broads off your list? Head to Norfolk's north coast for charm, character, charisma and crabbing.

By Pat Riddell
Published 9 Oct 2016, 09:00 BST, Updated 7 Jul 2021, 16:41 BST

Why go
Unspoilt beaches, undulating countryside, alluring market towns, beguiling wildlife and fresh farm produce.

What to do
Grab your binoculars. The sand dunes, reed beds, and marshland means it's perfect for bird-watching. Check out the many nature reserves along the coastline.

Where to eat
From gourmet to organic, you'll have little difficulty satisfying your gastronomic urges. Farmers' markets, local brewers, artisan producers and fishermen's hauls ensure the many gastropubs and restaurants are well stocked. Try the Victoria Inn, the Crown Inn, the Wiveton Bell and Morston Hall.

Where to stay
Barsham Barns, a collection of five converted barns in North Barsham, is an ideal base for exploring the region. The modern conversions sleep between four and 14 people and offer a stylish, comfortable retreat with an impressive use of original features and all the facilities you could desire.

We like
Blakeney National Nature Reserve. Blakeney Point's four-mile stretch of shingle, the summer breeding tern colony, the winter breeding grey seals and the pristine saltmarshes of Stiffkey are unmissable. In the protective care of the National Trust since 1912, it's one of the country's highlights let alone Norfolk's.

Published in the October 2016 issue of National Geographic Traveller (UK)

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