North Norfolk is an area of outstanding natural beauty, renowned for its spectacular coastline, big skies and miles of glorious beaches and rolling countryside.
To help you make the most out of your stay in North Norfolk here are some ideas on things to see and do locally.
For eating out The Langham Bluebell and The Anchor at Morston are good for local food and a friendly and welcoming atmosphere. The Three Horseshoes at Warham, near Wells is another great pub and popular with walkers. Pretty garden to sit out on a sunny day. We also enjoy the Hunworth Bell at Hunworth, a pretty pub in a pretty village in the Glaven Valley.
In Wells one of our favourite places to eat is The Wells Crab House, great atmosphere and always busy, best to book. Other good places are The Globe and The Crown, both on the Buttlands.
Daytime coffee and snacks
Good lunches, snacks, coffee and cakes at Back to The Garden, just down the road from Daubeney Cottage. Closed in the evenings but open for breakfast and throughout the day. The Art Café in nearby Glandford is a vegetarian café with great snacks, coffee and cakes. The Black Apollo in Holt is worth a visit for their great coffee as is Cross Street Union, a tiny café with fantastic cinnamon buns and great coffee.
In Wells and just by Apartment One is The Picnic Hut. Great little stop for a quick cup of coffee or why not pick up one of their speciality Crab Sandwiches, freshly made each morning? Also great for coffee is BTOG in Staithe Street.
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Things to do locally
Here are a few ideas for things to do during your stay in North Norfolk.
Take the Train
Take the picturesque North Norfolk Railway from Holt Station to Sheringham. You can leave the train at Weybourne to walk in Sheringham Park or take the coast path to Sheringham and rejoin the train there.
The Wells and Walsingham Light Railway runs from Wells to Walsingham via the pretty villages of Warham and Wighton.
Treat yourself to afternoon tea at Michelin starred Morston Hall or The Blakeney Hotel.
Take in the wonderful views from Cley Downs, approach either from the coast road and walk up or from Holt Road. Cley Downs is one of only two places in Norfolk designated as having dark skies status. There is a lovely walk from the coast road end to Salthouse where you can enjoy lunch at The Dun Cow and visit the medieval Church of Saint Nicholas.
Swim at Cley Beach, a long stretch of smooth stones and shingle, backed by a marshland. The beach is accessed from Cley village. The relatively steep slope of the shore line makes it popular with swimmers all year round. A brilliant place if you are looking for peace and quiet. Why not pick up a do it yourself picnic from Cley Smokehouse or Picnic Fayre, both in Cley. Look out for Paston Sour Dough bread, Made in Cley and sold at Picnic Fayre and Back to The Garden.
Owl spotting in Sharrington
Look out for the owls in Sharrington. The Barn Owl is usually seen flying at dusk around the field perimeter opposite the entrance gate or in the field behind the cottage.
Tawny owls are often seen and heard at night and a little owl. We also have a Little Owl, Britain’s smallest owl.
Difficult to spot but can sometimes be seen in the tree on the Bale Road or on Thornage Road in the Oak Tree on the corner.
Climb the 137 steps of the West tower of St Nicholas’ Church at Blakeney for panoramic views out over the countryside and coastline. Open Monday to Friday from 9.30 until 5pm. Blakeney is a lovely spot to while away some time, popular with crabbers too.
Take a trip to see the seals at Blakeney Point. Boats leave from Morston on a regular basis. Be sure to stop off on the Point and catch a later boat back if you can.
Beautiful gardens to enjoy
Visit Pensthorpe Natural Park to see the Millennium Garden designed by renowned plantsman and garden designer Piet Oudolf.
Another lovely garden to visit is Houghton Hall, with its five-acre walled garden and extensive parkland.
In recent years the present owner has built up an impressive collection of contemporary sculptures by world renowned artists including ‘Skyspace’ by the American artist James Turrell.
Hire a bicycle and cycle round the quiet lanes of the Glaven Valley, stopping off at The Hunny Bell in Hunworth for some refreshments. Cycles can be hired from Overland Cycles in Holt (call 01263 713293).
In Wells bicycles can be hired at Holkham
Wells, with its independent shops and galleries is a