Originally published by loveEXPLORING, February 7, 2018
Wild and underrated, north Norfolk’s scenic coastline celebrates its 50th anniversary as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) this year. Joey Tyson explores the vast beaches, rugged marshes and local wildlife that earned the coast its title.
The first thing that strikes you about the North Norfolk coast is the space. A place devoid of unnecessary commotion, it just feels so open and free. With over 45 miles of coastline and a huge expanse of protected wetland to explore, Norfolk’s unassuming north offers a lot of room to do your own thing. It’s peaceful and unfussy, a place to escape and recharge.
With much of the area’s highlights being outdoors, it’s also a very affordable place for a break in the UK. Here are seven reasons why north Norfolk should be on your travel list in 2018.
You can see lots of wild seals
There’s something inexplicably captivating about seals on a beach. Movement looks like a real hassle; a sort of laboured belly flop that demonstrates perfectly why they’re best suited to the waves. But when seals are motionless, prone and splayed out, the air of relaxation they give off almost makes you want to lie down and join them.
Throughout the year, common and grey seals mix on the tip of Blakeney Point, a four-mile shale spit that juts out and runs adjacent to the coast. If you want to see fluffy-white pups, go in summer for commons and November or December for greys. Boat tours run from Blakeney and Morston Quay, or you can make the long, scenic walk from Cley to Blakeney Point.
Fewer people choose the walk, but if you do you’ll be rewarded with quite a few close encounters, as well as the beautifully bleak marsh and sea views. Seals loll intermittently along the coast until you reach the mass cluster at the tip of the spit.