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Norfolk & Cornwall

In this edition of Travel Trumps, we’ll be pitting Cornwall against Norfolk in a battle of facts and figures to try work out which is best.

Of course, they’ll both always be winners to us, but we thought it would be interesting to compare the two in terms of coastline, local delicacies and fascinating history.

So which county will reign supreme? Cornwall vs Norfolk, let the battle commence…


Battle 1 – Coasts

Cornwall v Norfolk coastCornwall’s coast vs Norfolk’s coast

Speaking of coastlines, which has the longest?

Norfolk’s coastline is 93 miles long and is famed for its safe, clean beaches and traditional seaside resorts like Great Yarmouth, Cromer and Sheringham.

Cornwall trumps Norfolk here. Its coast is 422 miles long, making it the longest coastline in the UK. Overall, 80% of Cornwall is enveloped by the sea, making it one of the most water-locked regions in Great Britain.

OK, so which has the most Blue Flag Beaches?

Cornwall has the slight edge here. As of 2019, Cornwall has seven Blue Flag beaches, while Norfolk has six, both of which are very impressive considering there are only 71 in England.

Cornwall’s Blue Flag beaches include Porthmeor Beach in St Ives, Widemouth Bay Beach in Bude and Gyllyngvase Beach in Falmouth, whilst Norfolk’s include  Wells-next-the-Sea Beach in Wells-next-the-Sea, Sea Palling Beach in Waxham and Cromer Beach in Cromer – keep these in mind when planning your next family holiday by the sea!

Find more wonderful beaches in both Cornwall and Norfolk with our Travel Guide, that offers plenty of ideas and inspirations for your next trip to either of these fabulous regions.

(The Blue Flag is awarded to beaches which offer the highest levels of water cleanliness and safety – you can read more about Blue Flag by clicking here)


Battle 2 – Food

Cornwall v Norfolk food The Cornish pasty vs Cromer crab

We’ve all heard of the infamous Cornish Pasty, but what does Norfolk bring to the table?

Norfolk’s most famous foodie export is perhaps the Black Turkey, a rare breed that was imported from Mexico in the 16th century. It’s said that Black Turkeys were so popular when they were first introduced, they were walked all the way to London in time for Christmas – a journey that could take 3 months!

Another Norfolk delicacy is the Cromer crab, a brown crab with a sweet taste which thrives in great numbers on Norfolk’s chalk reef. Fishermen have been catching Cromer crab for centuries, making it as distinctive to Norfolk as the pasty is to Cornwall.

But just how popular is the Cornish pasty?

Very. Sales of the Cornish Pasty are worth £150 million a year to the Cornish economy and on average, 5 million are eaten annually – that’s over 13,500 a day!


Battle 3 – History

Cornwall v Norfolk churchesSt Michael’s Mount, Cornwall and Saint James Church, Castle Acre, Norfolk

From the historic city of Norwich to the mill-strewn wetlands of the Broads, there’s lots of history to discover in Norfolk – let’s nerd out and learn about some…

History buffs will love Norfolk. The county is home to 659 medieval churches – more than anywhere else in the world – and the Domesday Day book cites Norfolk as the most heavily populated county in England.

For centuries, Norwich was the second largest city in the country and it’s now thought that the world-famous Broads aren’t actually a natural feature at all, but were man-made by medieval farmers over 700 years ago.

We’ve heard all about the beauty of the Cornish Coast, but what’s the story of inland Cornwall?

For over 2,000 years, Cornwall was a major player in the tin mining industry. It’s thought that Cornish tin has been exported throughout Europe since the birth of Christ, with a vast quantity going to the Roman Empire.

Due to the subterranean nature of the county’s main trade, Cornwall soon grew a reputation for being mysterious and strange. Cornish folk were thought of as outlandish hill dwellers, and its folklore is still rife with tales of mine-dwelling imps and spriggans to this day.


And the winner is…

Cornwall v Norfolk winner

Oh we can’t decide! They’re both brilliant in their own unique way. And that’s the beauty of England; wherever you are and whatever you’re up to, there’s always more to see and more to discover. So what are you waiting for? Rent a self-catering holiday home in England, and get set for an invigorating getaway to this remarkable country.


See how Cornwall fared against its closest rival, Devon, with our Cornwall vs Devon guide. If you’ve been inspired to book a holiday in either of these two destinations, then browse our selection of cottages in Cornwall and cottages in Norfolk.

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