get outdoors in north norfolk

North Norfolk has 45 miles of coast with award winning beaches which are unspoilt, clean, family-friendly, home to wildlife and beautiful all year round. Head inland to the beautfiul countryside and explore the towns and villages, steeped in history. Coast or countryside, north Norfolk is the place to go to enjoy the outdoors.

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The north Norfolk coastline is famous for its unspoilt coastline, in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, ideal for days out and enjoying sports, as well as discovering wildlife. There are Blue Flag beaches all along the coastline meaning they are safe and clean, as well as offering something different at each one. The north Norfolk skies offer unpolluted darkness at night, ideal for star gazing.


Explore the huge expanses of sands at Brancaster, Holkham and Wells-next-the Sea with its colourful beach huts. Discover the famous striped cliffs and rock pools at Hunstanton, an east coast resort that faces west towards the sun, giving it the name, Sunny Hunny. Enjoy traditional seaside charm at Cromer, Sea Palling, Sheringham and Mundesley and take a step back in time on the Deep History Coast at West Runton beach, where significant historical finds have been uncovered including a 600,000 year old mammoth skeleton. Great for rockpooling and beachcombing, you just might come across an ancient fossil!


North Norfolk is perfect for outdoor activities such as kite-boarding, surfing, paddle boarding and horse-riding. Try crabbing at Cromer Pier, Blakeney or Wells Harbour and there are several places to go fishing. If golf's your game, Brancaster and Cromer are renowned for their royal golf courses and you will find equally attractive courses at Fakenham, Hunstanton, Sheringham and Mundesley.


Visit any time of the year and discover wildlife unique to the area. Don't miss the seals at Blakeney Point and north Norfolk is renowned for the best birdwatching. You can see new born seal pups as well as pink footed geese at Brancaster Staithe and Holkham and rare birds visit due to north Norfolk’s proximity to the European continental mainland. Head to one of the nature reserves to get up close to some of Norfolk’s most unique species.

The coast and countryside is great for walking and cycling. Amble along the quiet country roads or take one of the formal trails such as the Norfolk Coast Path while taking in some of England's most exhilarating scenery. Finally, north Norfolk is home to much of the Broads National Park, Britain's largest protected wetland and third largest inland waterway. It's also home to over a quarter of the rarest plants and animals in the UK. Take a guided boat tour, paddle by canoe or hire a boat for a holiday. You can also explore by wheels or foot – hire a bike or take a stroll down the array of footpaths surrounding the broads.


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