For anyone looking to book a holiday cottage in the near future, the North Norfolk coastline is a largely undiscovered and unspoilt gem. Even at peak holiday time, you will often be able to find a quiet stretch of picturesque sandy beach to enjoy. Old Hunstanton has a glorious stretch of sandy beach, backed by high dunes giving way to the famous red and white striped cliffs, and dotted with brightly coloured beach huts. From Hunstanton, the Coast Hopper bus takes the hassle out of travelling and allows you to enjoy this glorious stretch of coastline to the full, taking in delightful seaside towns such as Brancaster – its harbour busy with the local catch and where crayfish, lobster and crab can be readily enjoyed – Holme-next-the-Sea, Cromer and others. If you do take the car, ensure to stop off at the Fish Shed near Brancaster and haggle for the very freshest of local fish and shellfish. Whilst the coastline of the north Norfolk coast provides many distractions, there are many other attractions inland from the coast to enjoy in this beautiful region. Birdwatchers will relish a visit to one of the many RSPB reserves in this area, which is rich in wetland; those at Titchwell and Snettisham in particular are home to some rare and colourful visitors. Families with children should take in Hunstanton’s Sea Life Sanctuary, where over thirty marine species are on display. These include shark, otter, penguin, dolphin and many other animals as part of an ongoing rescue and rehabilitation project -you will even find a full-scale seal rescue and hospital service underway! Snettisham Park at Snettisham, between King’s Lynn and Hunstanton, is also an excellent day out for those with children. In addition to the farm animals, which are available for petting and feeding, a deer safari provides a unique way to tour around the grounds, and there are riding stables, a discovery nature trail and an Adventure play park, all offering lots to do whatever the weather. Those looking to explore the region under their own steam will be well served, with the miles of way-marked walking and cycling trails allowing easy discovery of the stunning flora and fauna of the region. For walkers, the Norfolk Coast Path and Peddars Way are two popular trails. They intersect at Holme-next-the-Sea and together cover almost one hundred miles of stunning scenery in a designated Area of Outstanding National Beauty. Cyclists need to follow the Norfolk Coast Cycleway which runs just inland from the Coastal path but is every bit as spectacular.
Those holidaying in the area will also want to get a scent of the place, and nowhere is this easier to do than among the rich purple fields of Norfolk lavender at Caley Mill in Heacham. Here you’ll find a heady experience at the fragrant National Lavender Collection with more than one hundred different varieties of the distinctive purple flower. Also enjoy the Fragrant Meadow Garden, Plant Centre, Herb Garden, and during July, join a field tour that takes in the history, growing and drying process, winding up with a visit to the distillery. There are of course tearooms and a shop, plus a plant sales section and children’s play area.