The Norfolk coast, which stretches from the Wash round to Lowestoft, is around 90 miles long which means that White Lodge Farm Cottages are ideally sitauted to explore the Norfolk coast
Over 56 miles of the Norfolk coast falls within The Norfolk Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, which stretches inland covering inter-tidal, coastal and agricultural land with a total area of around 175 square miles. The AONB stretches from the silt expanses of the Wash in the west through the coastal marshes, soft cliffs and hinterland of north Norfolk, to the dune system at Winterton in the east. It is an area of remarkable beauty, diversity and scientific importance.
And if it's simply a good bathing beach you're seeking five of Norfolk's beaches and three of Suffolk's beaches were award Blue Flags in 2011. The Marine Conservation Society's Good Beach Guide 2011 recommends 11 Norfolk beaches and six beaches in Suffolk.
Whilst the North Norfolk coast is generally better known, principally for its wide open beaches, there's so much more coast to explore and enjoy. Almost all the varied and largely unspoilt beaches of the Norfolk coast are within an hour's drive of White Lodge Farm Cottages.
The North Norfolk coast, much of it a nature reserve, consists of mainly salt marshes, dunes and tidal creeks leading to fishing villages. The area is a mecca for bird watchers and renowned for vast numbers of resident and migratory birds, with nature reserves at Titchwell, Scolt Head, Blakeney Point and Cley.
The coast next runs through dunes and some pebble beaches and more salt marshes, with notable sandy beaches being the beach at Sea Palling and the more remote, and much quieter, beaches at Waxham and Horsey. Further south come the expanses of sand to the north of, and adjacent to, the formerly important fishing ports of Great Yarmouth and, in Suffolk, Lowestoft. Great Yarmouth also has more modern attractions including, just off the coast Scroby Sands wind farm, and a racecourse.
Venturing a little further south into Suffolk, will then take you to the pretty and fashionable seaside towns of Southwold, home of Adnams Ale, and Aldeburgh (the Aldeburgh Festival is usually in June), with Dunwich and Minsmere, one of the RSPB's most famous nature reserves, nestling (or should that be "nesting"?) in between.
Surely something there for everyone. Naturalists will not cease to be impressed by what Norfolk and North Suffolk have to offer, and their beaches (some of which cater for naturists as well as naturalists) are no exception.
Unless a trip in a boat is not for you, we would suggest that a visit to see the seals "close up and personal" at Blakeney Point is not to be missed, although you should wear sensible clothing and booking a day or two ahead is recommended.
Blue Flag Norfolk and Suffolk beaches 2011
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Guests say ...
“Cromer - Very pleasant to wander around and good walks along the sea front. Exceptionally
clean and plenty of places to picnic.”
“Wells-next-the-Sea is well worth a visit, even on a chilly, windy October day -
very bracing and the fish and chips back by the harbour were most welcome.”
“Southwold is within reach and an enjoyable English seaside experience. Good walks at Dunwich Heath,
just along from Southwold.”
“Blakeney Point has wonderful bird habitats. We parked at Morston Quay and
enjoyed the fresh seafood (crab & shellfish) available there.”
“Try a coastal walk from Blakeney but pick a day when there is not a gale blowing!”
“Holkham Beach remains a 'must do', even on our third visit here in three years. Even
on the busiest sunny day you will
find peace and tranquility here.”
“Brancaster is lovely - nice quay and birdlife.”
“Visiting Cromer and Southwold (a bit further, but worth it) were a big hit.”
“Southwold worth a visit - fantastic fresh fish.”
“Wells-next-the-sea: Nice town. Quaint shops. Lovely beach.”
“Sheringham: A lovely step back 50 years, lovely beach, steam train and welcoming people.”
“We had a great time at the beach - the sand was so soft. I collected lots of shells and stones.”
“[Holkham Beach] is a magical place and you should go.”
“Glad we made the effort to go to Sea Palling in the late afternoon. Really beautiful.”