This corner of Norfolk can be quiet and unspoilt, with both the Broads and the coast to explore.
An Introduction to East Norfolk
East Norfolk is quiet, unspoilt and relatively undiscovered. The East Norfolk Coast has some of the best beaches in Norfolk and are usually empty - they make a great place to walk the dog or fly a kite. You will find stunning lighthouses and windmills - buildings that make Norfolk so famous! East Norfolk is great for walkers and has paths that give some the best views in Norfolk - the path from Cromer to Overstrand for example. Inland, the North Eastern corner of the Norfolk Broads is equally tranquil; with most of the cruisers unable to pass under Potter Heigham bridge. There are nature reserves, peaceful villages, wildlife and plenty of country pubs to discover. With lots of wide open space, this wind swept corner of Norfolk is great to forget your busy life and get some fresh air!
Our tour of East Norfolk starts at Cromer, a classic seaside town, situated on a cliff-top overlooking fine sandy beaches. Cromer Pier has survived despite bad damage and has a Lifeboat Station and Pavilion Theatre, which still stages end of pier shows. The town itself is a throwback to the Victorian era, when crowds flocked to the coast in search of fresh air. Streets crammed with shops, cafes, pubs and restaurants, still offer an interesting and entertaining stay to any visitor.
Garden Street, Cromer
The Lifeboat Cafe on the seafront
Linking Cromer with Overstrand, is one of the best walks in Norfolk. A cliff top path takes you past the Cromer Lighthouse and the Royal Cromer Golf Course. Overstrand itself is a lovely village and attracted many rich and famous people to build holiday homes.
Cliff top path between Cromer and Overstrand
Overstrand Sea Marge Hotel
Fishing Nets and Boat at Overstrand
Inland are plenty of pretty villages to explore, such as Thorpe Market, where you will find flint and thatched cottages grouped around a village green. Other villages include Trunch, where you will find an interesting memorial to Nelson's daughter Horatia in the village church.
Cottages around the green at Thorpe Market
St Botolph's church in Trunch
Green Farm Hotel and Restaurant in Thorpe Market
At nearby North Walsham we discover a traditional Norfolk market town. Bacton Wood is just outside North Walsham and is a popular venue to walk your dog or cycle.
At Winterton on Sea, we discover a lovely unspoilt ancient coastal village, with miles of beaches and sand dunes. Although we are only a few miles north of Great Yarmouth, there are no amusements here, just pretty cottages, a lovely 300 year old pub and a cathedral sized church.
The view from the sand dunes across Winterton beach
A thatched cottage in the centre of the village
Fishermans Return, Winterton on sea
Just north of Great Yarmouth is 'Little Yarmouth' - better known as Hemsby! The beach is the main attraction here, but there is plenty of amusements, entertainment, shops and refreshments for the whole family to enjoy.
Hemsby Beach looking north
The Lost World Adventure Golf
The Food Palace
Finally, we come to the king of seaside resorts - Great Yarmouth. With its 2 piers, many attractions, funfair and amusements, Great Yarmouth is everything you would expect from a typical British seaside resort! For example, the horse and carriage ride that takes you along the seafront, past the many amusements to the pleasure beach funfair.