A break in North Norfolk has a huge amount to offer nature-lovers all year round. Even in the winter months, the landscape of coast and countryside has a unique charm. Around the coast of Cley and Blakeney hotels can have views overlooking the reed beds and marshes and are an ideal place for ornithologists or wildlife enthusiasts to stay when visiting the area. Blakeney Point Nature Reserve is somewhere to view large flocks of lapwing, knot and starlings wheeling in intricate formations against the magnificent and expansive Norfolk skies.
While being well-known as a magnet for birdwatchers Blakeney Point is also home to the largest colony of grey seals in England, with more than 2000 pups being born there in 2014. Grey seal pups who have thick, white fur coats are born on land during autumn and early winter and feed on their mother’s milk for three weeks, by which time they have trebled in size.
Accommodation is a very important part of a trip away from home. North Norfolk is a beautiful place to stay and there are a great many reasons to visit this wonderful county. When looking for a hotel or bed and breakfast there are three main elements that contribute to a perfect stay – location, food and comfort.
A picturesque, storybook village is one description of an ideal location for an English countryside holiday. The town of Cley next the Sea on the North Norfolk Coast, with its windmill and brick and flint cottages fits well into this category. The George Hotel at Cley is one of the most welcoming and delightful hotels in the area. Thanks to the birdwatching and wildlife spotting opportunities, The George is also home to a hand written and illustrated ‘Bird Bible’ where guests can jot down their sightings.
“Cley-Next-The-Sea is a timeless North Norfolk seaside brick and flint village with a traditional red telephone box and storybook streets. The George Hotel at Cley dates back to 18th Century. The building has survived World War II bombing and the 1953 floods. In 1926 The George hosted the inaugural meeting of the Norfolk Wildlife Trust – or The Norfolk Naturalists Trust as it was called then – after their purchase of 407 acres of the nearby Cley Marshes for £5,160.
Its subsequent planning and operation has become the blueprint for all forms of nature conservation across the UK.
Over the years more and more people are spending short breaks in Norfolk, and Cley marshes has become increasingly popular with bird watchers, wildlife photographers and nature lovers. Ever watchful of the delicate balance between nature and human activity, in 2007 the Trust opened its visitor centre. The centre is eco-friendly and has a shop, viewing areas and cafe.
Norfolk is extremely pretty with small market towns and chocolate box villages. It is a wonderful place for a family holiday, a romantic getaway, a weekend away or a mini break with friends. There are plenty of attractive reasons to visit this wonderful county and there are hotels in Norfolk to suit every taste and pocket.
The Norfolk Broads is the county’s handsome national park and is Britain’s largest protected wetland with 120 miles of waterways winding their way through grazing marshes, fens and woodland. The Broads are a popular destination for boating holidays, water based activities and bird watching.
The Norfolk coastline is dotted with beautiful beaches ranging from salt marshland to long white sandy beaches.The wide expanse of Holkham Beach, the theatrical appeal of Cromer, the sand dunes of Brancaster, the old fashioned charm of Mundesley and the bright lights of Great Yarmouth all offer a great base for a seaside Norfolk holiday.
The North Norfolk Coast is a popular area for those looking for a typically english seaside holiday. This area of the British coastline is one of the most diverse in the country. The terrain ranges from the salt marshes of Morston and Stiffkey to the shingle shoreline of Salthouse and from the long white sandy beach at Holkham to the grassy dunes of Brancaster. It is hard to find a better place to spend a holiday in the UK.
It is best to stay in a Blakeney hotel or hotel in a nearby village for those hoping to make the most of this wonderful coastline. Blakeney village could almost be mistaken for a medieval film set with its chocolate-box flint cottages and stunning view of the sea over the marshes. Cley-Next-The-Sea is only a few minutes down the road and is an equally quaint story-book seaside village. It is also home to one of the best hotels in the area – The George Hotel at Cley.
Two octopuses are rescued after “mystery” strandings on beaches in Norfolk.
The British naval hero Horatio Nelson once quipped, “I am a Norfolk man and glory in being so.” What is it about the region that once compelled the legendary naval commander to utter those words? A closer look at Norfolk’s historic lands, miles of pristine coastline, traditional seaside resorts, excellent food experiences, and top hotels to choose from should make it easy to understand Viscount Nelson’s sentiments.
Many a local hotel along the Norfolk Coast, like The George Hotel at Cley near Holt, has seen travellers fill their rooms year in year out with many visitors returning year after year to experience the very best of North Norfolk.