Norfolk Heritage Coast
Most people visit the North Norfolk Heritage Coast for the wonderful birdwatching
that the area presents. The coast is one of salt-marshes and sand dunes backed
by gentle chalkland away from the sea. Bird reserves at Titchwell and Cley (see
below) are world famous.
is an excellent network of walking trails along the coast, including the long-distance
Norfolk Coast Path.
reclamation in the 17th century left the inaptly-named village of Cley-next-the-Sea
a full mile from the shore. The large scale of 14th century "wool church"
of St. Margaret's at Cley is a reminder of the area's medieval prosperity. The
church stands on high ground above meadows which were once the harbour. The village
is also notable for the large 18th century windmill which towers over the old
quay. The windmill is now a private home.
Cley and Salthouse stretch bird reserves operated by the Norfolk Naturalist's
Trust. The reserves can be visited on application to the warden in Cley or to
the NNT office at 72 The Close, Norwich.
makes a good centre for exploring the North Norfolk Heritage Coast. A narrow-gauge
steam railway runs from Wells to Little Walsingham, 5 miles south. In the Middle
Ages this obscure hamlet was one of the most popular places of pilgrimage in all
of England. Today's pilgrims can visit the remains of the medieval priory and
two holy wells.
The Norfolk Broads are best known as a boating centre,
and rightly so. They are made up of a multitude of broad, shallow lakes lying
along five major rivers. More
Norfolk Coastal Path
This long-distance path follows the coast
through the Norfolk Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) to Cromer.
The area is rich in salt marshes, dunes, and clay cliffs, as well as quiet villages
notable for their flint and brick architecture. More
The Peddar's Way starts on Knettishall Heath near Thetford,
and follows generally flat fen country across Norfolk to the sea - a distance
of some 46 miles. Along the way the path follows an old Roman road through the
Norfolk countryside to the beginning of the Norfolk Coast Path near Hunstanton.
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