Hotels and Holiday Cottages in North Norfolk

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North Norfolk consists of approximately 400 square miles of countryside, and includes some of the most attractive and unique areas of coastline in the UK. With long, windswept beaches, salt marsh and cliffs, the area offers perhaps the widest variety of coastline to be found anywhere in the country.

Travel inland and you will discover the prettiest of flint cottages in tiny villages and hamlets, the bustle of thriving market towns, and miles of unspoilt countryside in which to enjoy the native flora and fauna. North Norfolk includes the unique environment of the Norfolk Broads, a series of waterways which where largely created by the effect of flooding on early peat excavations; the peat was first exploited for fuel by the Romans, and later by local monks during the Middle Ages. Now the Broads are a popular local amenity, providing an amazing structure of mostly navigable rivers and lakes, many of which are used by holiday makers each year. Key towns within the 'quasi-national park' area of the Broads include Stalham, Wroxham and Hoveton.

Along the coast Sheringham and Cromer offer the relaxed pleasures of the Victorian seaside resort, with local theatres providing the best in family entertainment, and local crab merchants, and fish and chip shops making the traditional coastal treats available to all. Both of the towns continue to enjoy an excellent main line rail service from Norwich. A heritage railway, known locally as 'the Poppy Line' takes travellers inland to the beautiful Georgian market town of Holt, especially sought-after for its art and craft shops and specialist food emporiums.

Blakeney, Cley-next-the-Sea and Wells are particularly popular venues for bird-watchers, whilst at Morston and Blakeney, local boats regularly take visitors out to watch the colonies of grey seals on the sandbanks.

The long, white sandy beaches of Wells-next-the-Sea, Holkham and Brancaster have become a popular weekend destination, particularly for visitors from London.

North Norfolk delights in being part of the largest coastal nature reserve in England and Wales. Bitterns and terns, oyster catchers, avocets and marsh harriers are among the species which make North Norfolk a magnet for bird-watchers. The RSPB reserve at Titchwell Marsh is particularly popular.

Through the area runs the Peddars Way, a Roman road which is possibly one of the most famous ancient tracks in the country. Starting at Knettishall Heath near Thetford, it runs over 46 miles to Ringstead near Hunstanton, linking with the equally picturesque Norfolk Coastal Path at Holme-next-the-Sea.

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