Find Out What North Norfolk Has to Offer
Old Beans Cottage is located right at the heart of North Norfolk Coast. From the National Trust reserve at Titchwell to Cley, famous as a wetland bird sanctuary, the county’s famed ‘big skies’ will entice you with its immense sweeping beaches, unspoilt villages, traditional seaside resorts and tidal creeks just waiting to be explored.
Follow the 47 mile North Norfolk Coastal path – part of the National Trail (www.nationaltrail.co.uk) – as it winds its way from Hunstanton to Cromer.
You don’t have to walk the whole way, of course; why not use the excellent Coasthopper bus service to walk the bits you want and bus the bits you don’t?
Along the way you’ll find sandy cliffs, shingle beaches, salt marshes and a Nature Reserve at Holkham – all designated as areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
Wildlife enthusiasts can take a boat trip to Blakeney Point to visit the seal colony there. Check for schedules and prices at Beans Boat Trips (www.beansboattrips.co.uk) and Bishop’s Boats (www.norfolksealtrips.co.uk).
Not got your sea-legs? Then visit the Hawk & Owl Trust Reserve (www.hawkandowl.org) at Sculthorpe Moor just outside Fakenham.
Often called the bird-watching capital of Britain, the coastal areas especially offer a large range of locations for bird sightings. Visit RSPB nature reserves at Titchwell and Snettisham or just wander the coastal paths or quiet back-roads armed with binoculars and see what flies by.
The area is blessed with a number of fine dining restaurants and gastro pubs, offering a wide range of excellent locally-sourced produce with prices to suit all budgets. There are local farmers markets in Fakenham and South Creake and two award-wining Farm Shops nearby in Walsingham and Letheringsett. For local, independent shopping the towns of Burnham Market, Holt and Wells have lots to offer.