Something of a misnomer, lying a mile or so inland from the coast, Wells-next-the Sea is nonetheless a delightful Norfolk holiday spot and an ideal base for a holiday cottage stay. In centuries past the town lay closer to the sea and as such was an important port, and it is still a working port today. A pretty, traditional town of narrow streets and historic buildings, whose population swells with summer visitors, the focal point is the town’s Quayside, where children can fish for crabs and adults while away lazy summer afternoons just watching the centuries-old practise of colourful fishing boats coming and going with their daily catch. From the Quay, the short journey down to the lovely wide, open, sandy, beach may be made by the steam trains that run on the miniature railway. Collect shells on the beach, or discover the pinewoods that back the long, flat sweep of coast and hide picturesque Abraham’s Bosom, a large boating lake and leisure area, where canoes and boats can be hired.
The ancient pilgrimage site of Walsingham lies just five miles from Wells; take the Wells & Walsingham Light Railway from the town for a visit to the shrine. The railway itself is the longest of its type and takes in some lovely countryside and pretty villages before arriving at the holy site dubbed ‘England’s Nazareth’. Also close to Wells is the superb Cley Marshes Nature Reserve which is acknowledged as one of the finest bird watching sites in the country, offering both stunning views and excellent observational facilities for enthusiasts and novices alike. Here you will see a wide variety of species at close hand in the reedbeds, wetlands and marshes that proliferate. Closer to Wells, Blakeney is another such reserve; a spit of land just fifteen minutes away from the town and from where you can head out by boat to view the famous colonies of grey and common seals to be found basking on nearby sandbanks.
If you would like to visit Wells-next-the Sea, this self catering holiday cottage is only a short drive away.