|Norfolk's Sunset Coast|
Photograph: Sunset on Heacham Beach by Matthew Woodcock
Norfolk is well known for its big skies. The Big Blue Sky by day, Beautiful sunsets, great night skies and stunning sun rises - Norfolk has it all.
Don't miss out and visit one of our beautiful nearby beaches.
|Heacham Beach |
Distance from our doorstep: 3.1 Miles
Both North & South Beach face West looking across a huge bay which is 20 miles wide - almost the width of The English Channel. Yet this is shallow, sheltered water - not open sea. It is often like a millpond with just the odd breeze rippling through the shimmering water, giving the beaches a sheltered safe feeling and providing an essential ingredient for fabulous sunsets. If the sun is out you are guaranteed a memorable "highway to the heavens" - a reflection of the sun in a golden and silver road across the water. This phenomenon is what makes Heacham sunsets world class.
Distance from our doorstep: 4.2 Miles
Snettisham Shingle Beach is both natural and unspoilt and is located some two and a half miles from the village itself. Its very location makes it virtually deserted in winter with nothing to disturb the tranquility of the area other than perhaps the sounds of the curlew, wader and swarms of geese. During the course of the year, Snettisham Beach is visited by local residents, members of the local Sailing Club, birdwatchers, ramblers and holidaymakers who want to enjoy the peace you find here. Fishermen may also be seen off Snettisham Beach.
The sailing club offers sailing courses for non members in the Summer months.
|Hunstanton Beach & Promenade|
Distance from our doorstep: 4.2 Miles
Hunstanton is famous for its striped cliffs and is otherwise known as Sunny Hunny.
The beach and cliffs face west which means they capture the sunshine and are the perfect spots for viewing some spectacular sunsets. The shallow beach runs for several miles along the coast to Brancaster and the tide can go out a mile, allowing rock pools to appear around the groynes. In summer, a colourful tractor train carries visitors the length of the seafront. Beach chalets can be hired from the district council for a day and children can enjoy a donkey ride along the beach. Situated off the promenade are amusement arcades, mini golf, shops and cafés. Note: Dogs are banned from the main part of the beach between Easter and the end of the school summer holidays in September.
|Old Hunstanton Beach|
Distance from our doorstep: 4.5 Miles
The empty beach at Old Hunstanton is one of the finest in Norfolk and is perfect for a walk. It is very popular with Kite Surfers and a row of colourful beach huts lies just behind the sand dunes. The King William Beach Hut is situated here and is available to residents.
Behind the sand dunes is Hunstanton lifeboat station, which has seen several different types of rescue craft during its history. It saw the RNLIs first motor tractor and today it operates an inshore B class Atlantic 75 lifeboat and one of only four inshore rescue hovercraft.
|Holme Beach - former home to famous Sea Henge!|
Distance from our doorstep: 5.2 Miles
Seahenge, with 55 oak posts and a central upturned stump dating back 4.000 years from the Bronze Age, was found emerging from a beach at Holme-next-the-Sea in 1998. It was moved to be studied at the Bronze Age Centre, Peterborough, then preserved at the Mary Rose Trust, Portsmouth. Part of Seahenge is on display at the Lynn Museum in King's Lynn.
One of our favorites walks start at Holme. Park your car in the carpark and enjoy a fantastic walk to the Lifeboat Inn Thornham. After a good lunch you can either walk back or take the Coast Hopper back to the car park.
|Brancaster Beach |
Distance from our doorstep: 8.3 Miles
Brancaster beach is set in an area of outstanding natural beauty. Much of this part of the north Norfolk coast is managed by the National Trust. Visitors should be cautious, the nearby saltmarshes and sandflats can be dangerous at low tide.
The SS Vina is the shipwreck that can be seen on Brancaster beach at low tide. Once a vessel in the merchant navy, it was towed up to the North Norfolk coast to provide target practice for the RAF before sinking in 1944. Having beached itself just off Scolt Head Island, where it remains today despite numerous attempts to remove it. Over the years the 'wreck' has become an iconic landmark for all those visiting the coast.
Distance from our doorstep: 12.9 Miles
The beach at Holkham is one of the most unspoilt and beautiful stretches of sand in the country. The actress Gwyneth Paltrow walked across Holkham sand at low tide during the closing scenes of the film 'Shakespeare in Love'. Behind the shoreline lies a semi-circular basin, which, at very high tides, rapidly fills to form a spectacular shallow lagoon. Holkham Beach is a official naturist beach but is suitable for everyone. You can find here solitude, walk for miles and miles. Its great for dogwalking, riding and picnics.