Holkham beach voted best in Britain

Holkham on the North Norfolk coast has been named as the best beach in Britain by a poll of leading travel journalists.

More than 100 travel writers and editors were asked to name their favourite UK beach in a survey by the travel inspiration website, 101 Holidays. Holkham came ahead of Rhossili on the Gower peninsula in South Wales and Watergate Bay in Cornwall.

Other beaches in Norfolk that were picked as favourites included Old Hunstanton, Cromer and Eccles-on-Sea.

Mark Hodson, editor of 101 Holidays, said: "Travel writers tend to be very discerning, so this is a big thumbs up for Holkham. They like the fact that it’s a natural unspoilt beach that looks equally beautiful during the heat of summer and on a cold crisp winter's day."

The beach is part of a National Nature Reserve and managed by Natural England in partnership with the Holkham Estate. It has even had its own Hollywood film career, starring in the closing scenes of the Gwyneth Paltrow movie, Shakespeare in Love, and was also featured in Stephen Fry's Kingdom series, and the pop band All Saints' music video Pure Shores.

Holkham is known for its great expanse of fine sand - particularly at low tide - and is bordered by soft dunes and dense pine woodlands. Huts overlooking the beach are highly prized and one went on the market in 2012 for a reported £69,000.

The beach also has royal heritage. The Royal Family recently released photographs of Prince Charles and Princess Anne as children playing on the sands.

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