Visit Norfolk’s blueflag beaches,woodlands and forests and live by the coast
Norfolk has nearly 100 miles of unspoilt coastline; 280 sq miles are designated Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and the Norfolk Broads, a unique haven for the county’s inhabitants – human and wildlife - as well as millions of annual tourism visitors.
These unique wetlands were formed by flooding ancient peat diggings and now offer a world-famous holiday destination with over 125 miles of lock-free waterways, perfect for boating holidays. For an introduction to the Broads and to see what they are like visit go to the Broads Authority for further information.
The Norfolk Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty was created in 1968 and encompasses 270 sq miles of great beauty, extraordinary landscapes and unusual wildlife. Norfolk is home to magnificent blue flag beaches including Cromer, Hunstanton, Sea Palling and Sheringham and great locations if you are looking for a place to live by the coast.
In addition to blue flag beaches, all of Norfolk’s beaches are of high quality and have been enjoyed by families who return year after year for their summer holidays and by those that decide to live by the coast either throughout the year or just in the summer months. From sailing and seal-watching at Blakeney or Brancaster to end-of-the-pier shows and “kiss-me-quick” hats at Cromer and Great Yarmouth, Norfolk has something for every kind of holiday visitor.
Cromer pier, the Norfolk Coast Path and Holkham beach in North Norfolk have all picked up national awards by Coast Magazine in 2011. Holkham beach won the Best British Beach award, chosen by reader votes alone.
For more information on individual beaches in Norfolk, visit Norfolk beaches and sea towns
The unique Norfolk landscape sustains a rich and varied wildlife. Deer (Red, Fallow and Muntjac) inhabit wide tracts of the county’s woodlands and forests especially in Breckland. Seals loll on the northern beaches which are also home to the internationally-renowned bird sanctuaries at Cley and Titchwell. BBC Springwatch has been aired from the Pensthorpe reserve for several years and is a great location for bird-spotting.
Of the woodlands and forests in Norfolk, Thetford Forest offers a host of activities which are great as part of a family activity holiday including cycling, walking, horse-riding and orienteering. It is also home to Go Ape, an assault course of rope swings and zip lines set amongst the trees and an annual music festival featuring top headline acts.