Beach Walk is within easy walking distance (2mins walk to the Quay, nearest pub, shops, restaurants and children’s play areas, both inside and outside) of the picturesque nautical fishing port of Wells-Next-The-Sea; great for crabbing, fresh shell fish, fish and chips, a pitch and putt golf course, and town centre with its wealth of narrow lanes leading to shops, boutiques, delicatessens, butchers, fishmongers, cafes and excellent pubs (The Crown is one of our favourites). The property is 1 mile from the beautiful beach with the pretty beach huts reached via a lovely walk by the sea or you can take The Wells Harbour train. Timetables can be found on the station notice board beside the children’s play area opposite the Quay. For a truly enjoyable and unforgettable experience become an alpaca trekker for the day by taking one or more alpacas for a walk along the coastal path at Wells-Next-The-Sea, see www.alpacatrekking.co.uk for more details. There are also sea fishing trips available in Wells for beginners or experienced fisherman, for more information or booking details please see www.norfolkseafishingtrips.co.uk
Places to eat in Wells we recommend:
The Crown Hotel – Part of the Flying Kiwi Inns they only use the freshest and natural ingredients, sourced locally from farmers, fishermen and traders. Highly recommended with a great bar!
French’s Fish & Chip Shop – The best fish and chips in town! Why not eat your fish and chips on the harbour wall, dangle your toes in the water and watch the sun set over the quay.
The Wells Deli – Located on the quay and stocking a range of delicious local produce, pop in to this lovely deli for anything from a latte and Panini to wine and cheese for after dinner.
The Globe Inn – A great place to dine and very child friendly.
The Beach Cafe – The Beach Café at Beach Road, Wells-next-the-Sea is in an idyllic location backed by mature pinewoods and a stone’s throw from the beach. The café re-opened in spring 2011 and has been transformed into a fresh and vibrant place to eat, drink and shop. It’s the perfect venue and place to meet up with friends (you can’t beat drinking one of their hot chocolates by the wood burner in the cooler months!).
Norfolk with all its beaches, salt marshes, family days out, historic ruins, country houses and beautiful walks is the perfect place to explore and enjoy with friends and family. We have handpicked a few of our favourite places for you we feel are well worth a visit during your stay at Beach Walk.
Holkham Hall and the world famous award winning Holkham Beach is only 1 mile away the chosen beach for the ‘Household Cavalry’ and Gwyneth Paltrow in ‘Shakespeare in Love’.
Burnham Market known as ‘Chelsea-On-Sea’ as it is full of wonderful shops and boutiques, (similar to the ones down the Kings Road including Anna, Joules and Jack Wills) is just a 5 mile drive from the property. Visit the Lord Nelson Pub at Burnham Thorpe the historic birth place of Lord Horatio Nelson and the beautiful surrounding villages of the Burnham’s. Brancaster is just a short drive on from Burnham where you can enjoy a tranquil walk on the sandy beach, rock pool dipping and of course a round of golf at the Royal West Norfolk Golf Club.
RSPB and nature reserves are also nearby. Blakeney Point is very close, a National Nature Reserve, famous for bird watching and seal trips. Park at Cley beach and walk to the Point. Sailing, fishing, water sports, walking and bird watching all available on your doorstep. The popular Titchwell Reserve on the North Norfolk coast has something for everyone and in the summer, marsh harriers float over the reeds, where bearded tits nest.
The Georgian town of Holt with its fabulous shopping is only 13 miles away where you can also catch the Poppy Line train and Fakenham with its Cinema, Racecourse and Weekly Market is just 9 miles from the property.
If you fancy taking a different form of transport for the day try the Wells & Walsingham Light Railway which will take you along a scenic journey to the picturesque town of Walsingham. Visit Walsingham’s Catholic and Anglican Shrines with their annual pilgrimages and explore the traditional little shops and tearooms www.walsingham.org.uk The famous ruins of Binham Priory which fell victim to Henry VIII’s dissolution of the monasteries in 1540 are also just a short drive away from Beach Walk.
Thursford which hosts the largest Christmas show in the country ‘The Thursford Christmas Spectacular’ is only a short drive from Wells.
If you venture a little further you can also visit Hunstanton, which is home to The Sheraton Shipwreck, Hunstanton Watersports and The Sea Life Centre, as well as a beautiful beach flanked by stunning cliff tops.
Norfolk offers a great selection of family days out which children of all ages will love! Some of our favourites include nearby Snettisham Park , Amazona Zoo , with its selection of South American animals and Pensthorpe Natural Park (http://www.pensthorpe.com/), an award-winning mix of meandering nature trails, woodland walks, and a great adventure play area.
For those children wanting a more action packed adventure make sure you visit the Dinosaur Park in Lenwade, Davenports Magic Kingdom or BeWilderwood, The Curious Treehouse Adventure which was named ‘one of the 50 most fabulous things to do in the world’ by The Observer.
Sandringham House has been the Norfolk home of four generations of monarchs and today is the Norfolk retreat of HM The Queen. There is a great deal to do and see there with their gardens, nature trails, woodland walks and museum, so definitely worth a visit – www.sandringhamestate.co.uk
The fine city of Norwich is also well worth a visit with its Norman Cathedral, Castle Museum, the narrow cobbled streets of Elm Hill, Norwich City Football Club and a vast array of popular shops, shopping malls, restaurants and bars – www.visitnorwich.co.uk
The Norfolk Broads offers so many great activities to try including family days out, luxury boating trips and day cruiser hire, extreme sports and cultural days out – www.norfolkbroads.com
Norfolk is lucky to have numerous National Trust places to visit including the impressive Jacobean Blickling Hall near Aylsham home to the Boleyn family. Also worth a visit is Felbrigg Hall & Gardens, Oxburgh Hall and Sheringham Park –
If you are looking for a relaxing break or one packed full of activities there is something to be found for everyone in Wells-Next-the-Sea and the surrounding areas check out the ‘The North Norfolk Guide’s video to get a glimpse of what North Norfolk has to offer.
Norfolk Events we recommend:
Creake Abbey Farmers Market – On the 1st Saturday of each month (excluding January) Creake Abbey hosts its award winning Farmers’ market
The East Anglian Game & Country Fair – April – A fantastic family day out with something for everyone
Burnham Market & Houghton Horse Trials – April/May
The Royal Norfolk Show – July
Holt Festival – July
Wells Carnival – July/August
North Norfolk Food & Drink Festival, Holkham – August
Thursford Christmas Spectacular – November/December
Wells Christmas Tide – Beginning of December
You can find more information about local events and what’s going on in Norfolk on The Visit Norfolk Website
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