We spent the last weekend of March in Norfolk. Although we have visited this county previously, it was our first stay in this corner: north coast between Cromer and Hunstanton. This part of Norfolk is stunning and it is only right to share some of its beauty with you.
Norfolk is one of the flattest counties in England and also one the least populated. We found it mesmerising with narrow country lanes and peaceful, old villages with walls decorated in local flint, wide vistas along the coast, oozing with impression of never ending expanse of its landscape.
We stayed in the charming, very English hotel, called the Pheasant, just outside of Kelling village, near Holt. The Pheasant is set in the beautiful grounds, decorated in what I would call a modern but traditional country style with great staff always there to make your stay enjoyable and easy. Holt itself is a small charming town, full of local shops, galleries and good local food places.
Over the weekend we were blessed with the great sunny weather, never mind the a bit of freezing breeze. We scouted the Runton beach in search of fossils.
We found none, but the walk from East to West Runton was breathtaking, along dizzyingly high cliffs showing chunks of the prehistory because every storm eats it away slowly.
Another place worth seeing is Cley-next-the-Sea, the charming village with a great local deli and the Smokehouse selling local fish.
While there, you should take a walk on the Cley marshes, perfect for birdwatching or getting lost in the reeds.
Another amazing location, situated along the Peddars Way, is the Holkham beach. It has enormous sandy beach, especially when the tide is out, along with grassy dunes.
The backdrop to all that setting is the coniferous forest, sheltering you from a strong breeze and offering great views over the super long beach.
The Peddars Way is following the Norfolk Coast and offers the best way to experience and enjoy Norfolk, its landscape, encounters with nature and wildlife, feeling of remoteness and space. I fell for Norfolk and I shall be back!