Two of North Norfolk's most attractive beaches are rather off the beaten track, by the neighbouring villages of Sea Palling and Waxham.
Just 10 minutes from the market town of Stalham and the northern reaches of the Norfolk Broads, these sandy miles of shore skirt unique areas of unspoilt natural beauty.
At Sea Palling, impressive artificial flood defence reefs have created wide sandy bays and water sports ranging from swimming to jet skiing are a part of Sea Palling life.
Once known simply as Pawling or Pauling, the village was renamed with its prefix after Edwardian holidaymakers discovered its delights as a beach resort.
The village boasts two public houses with restaurants, a post office/general store, a beachside amusement arcade, cafes, caravan parks, launching facilities for pleasure craft, lifeguards on duty in the high season and car parks to accommodate more than 1000 vehicles.
Waxham has a rural beach, where seals can be seen close in-shore and later in the season with their pups on the beach. Waxham village is also home to one of the largest tithe barns in the country (built in the sixteenth century) where you can get refreshments in a historical setting.