Explore north Norfolk
North Norfolk is renowned for its spectacular coastline, fantastic wildlife, miles of glorious beaches, seaside communities and a beautiful hinterland of rolling countryside and picturesque market towns and villages.
Between the lively seaside resort of Hunstanton and the pretty town of Sheringham is a spectacular coastline, most of which is designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Here the landscape of tidal marshes, creeks, shingle spits, and sweeping golden beaches is backed by Christmas-scented pine woods. It includes the Holkham Estate, and its beach at Wells-next-the-Sea, voted the best beach in Britain.
Further to the East is the imperious Victorian clifftop setting of Cromer, with its Victorian pier striding proudly out to sea. The coastline then meanders southward to the secluded beaches of Mundesley and Happisburgh, and inland to the traditional market town of North Walsham. The magic of north Norfolk is that as the seasons and tides change, it offers completely different qualities and scenery.
The North Norfolk Railway begins and ends at genteel Holt, a fabulously handsome market town which has become a mecca for discerning visitors looking for independent shops. Most of Holt was burned in its famous fire of 1708, and in its place rose a splendid Georgian town focusing on an appealing Market Place. Just outside the town is Letheringsett Mill, lovingly restored to former glory on the River Glaven.
This is also Deep History Coast, where the biggest and best-preserved mammoth skeleton was found, along with a prehistoric flint axe and 850,000 year old human footprints!