Norfolk's top 10 beaches
Breathe in the fresh sea air of the tranquil Norfolk coast, walk on unspoiled sand where the kids can build sandcastles, play cricket, have a picnic, walk the dog, look for bird life and paddle in the shallow surf.
You'll find huge expanses of honeyed beaches backed by marram and dunes. Or simply lay back, relax and watch the scanty clouds skipping across the big blue sky.
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Family fun at Wells-next-the-Sea
Wells-next-the-Sea has a lovely wide sandy beach, backed by pine woods, but it's quite a distance from the town. Park in the beach car park and later on have a snack or drink in the beach cafe or pop on the little railway which runs from the town and save your legs.
Two hundred colourful beach huts add charm while there's also a lifeguard on duty for added peace of mind. Youngsters will love splashing around in The Run at low tide, at which time you can walk a mile or so out to its end. But remember the tide comes in quickly so if you hear the hooter, it's time to come back.
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Rockpooling and kitesurfing at Hunstanton
Roll up your trousers at Hunstanton and go for a paddle or take the kids crabbing in the shallow salty rock pools. For the more adventurous, the shallow open water here (it's at the mouth of The Wash) is perfect for kitesurfing.
The cliffs look like a layered cake, and the seafront retains the air of a Victorian seaside resort – unsurprisingly, as it was purpose-built as a bathing resort in 1846.
Now known as Sunny Hunny, this is our only west-facing beach, so you can see incredible sunsets. Look to the horizon and you can see Holland... okay, it's Lincolnshire really!
Dunes dive at Winterton-on-Sea
Old world charm at Mundesley
Titchwell's best for birds
So many to choose from, but Titchwell has something for everyone. A walk from the excellent visitor centre down to the sandy beach takes you past reedbeds and shallow lagoons, which are often full of birds. Sit on benches or watch from spacious, wheelchair-accessible hides.
The well-stocked shop has a wide range of RSPB gifts and books and a large selection of telescopes and binoculars. There's also a servery and inside eating area selling a selection of hot and cold food and drinks, as well as snacks and locally-made cakes.