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This corner of Norfolk can be quiet and unspoilt, with both the Broads and the coast to explore.

An Introduction to East Norfolk

North Walsham
Marthan Dyke
East Ruston Gardens

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!

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East Norfolk Map

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East Norfolk Guided Picture Tour

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.
Cromer Pier
Cromer Pier
Garden Street
Garden Street, Cromer
Cromer Lifeboat Cafe
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.
Church Lighthouse
Cromer Lighthouse
Cromer Cliff Path
Cliff top path between Cromer and Overstrand
Sea Marge
Overstrand Sea Marge Hotel
Fishing Tackle
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.
Thorpe Markt Cottages
Cottages around the green at Thorpe Market
St Botolph Trunch
St Botolph's church in Trunch
Green Farm
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.
Market Cross
North Walsham Market Cross and Town Clock
Town Sign
North Walsham town sign
Bacton Wood
Bacton Wood Forest Enterprise
Town Sign
Bacton Wood near North Walsham

The East Norfolk Coast continues south, past Mundesley, Happisburgh and Sea Palling. Here the wide open beaches are some of the best in the country. You will also discover some of the best windmills and lighthouses in Norfolk.
Mundesley View
The view over Mundesley from the coast path
East Norfolk Beach
Mundesley Beach, East Norfolk Coast
East Norfolk Museum
Mundesley Museum, East Norfolk Coast
East Norfolk Lighthouse
Happisburgh Lighthouse, East Norfolk Coast
East Norfolk Mill
Stow Mill, East Norfolk Coast
East Norfolk Seaside
Sea Palling Beach, East Norfolk Coast
Sand Dunes
Path through the sand dunes to the beach

The North East corner of the Norfolk Broads are equally remote as many boats cannot navigate through Potter Heigham bridge to get here! However, this corner of the Broads contain some real treasures, such as the windmill at Horsey and the villages of Martham, Hickling and West Somerton.
Potter Heigham Medieval Bridge
Potter Heigham medieval bridge over the River Thurne
Norfolk Broads Dyke
Martham Dyke, Norfolk Broads
Norfolk Broads Mooring
Boathouses, Norfolk Broads
Norfolk Broads Windpump
Horsey Windmill, Norfolk Broads
West Somerton Path
Footpath at West Somerton

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.
Winterton Beach
The view from the sand dunes across Winterton beach
Thatched Property
A thatched cottage in the centre of the village
Winterton Pub
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
Hemsby Beach looking north
Adventure Golf
The Lost World Adventure Golf
Food Palace
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.
Norfolk Seaside
Great Yarmouth Beach, East Norfolk Coast
Norfolk Pier Show
Britannia Pier, East Norfolk Coast
Norfolk Horse Ride
Horse Ride, Great Yarmouth, East Norfolk Coast
Norfolk Pleasuse Beach
Great Yarmouth Pleasure Beach, East Norfolk Coast

Tourist Attractions in East Norfolk include the fabulous gardens at East Ruston, the Museum of the Broads at Stalham, plus family theme parks at Pettitts Animal Adventure Park and Thrigby Hall Wildlife Gardens. Great Yarmouth contains many tourist attractions incuding Merrivale Model Village, Yarmouth Sealife Centre, white knuckle rides at the Pleasure Beach and Pirate's Cove Mini-golf.
Lighthouse View
Happisburgh Lighthouse view from East Ruston Gardens
Thrigby Wildlife Gardens
Monkeys at Thrigby Hall Wildlife Gardens
Model Village
View various models on display at Merrivale Model Village
Norfolk Wherry in the Museum of the Broads
Sealife Centre
You will meet all kinds of fish at Great Yarmouth Sealife Centre
Pettits Animal Adventure Park
Pettitts Animal Adventure Park at Reedham

See Guided Picture Tours of other areas of Norfolk

10 Things to SEE and DO in East Norfolk

Take a walk on Cromer Pier
Visit Happisburgh to see the candy striped lighthouse
Explore the fabulous gardens at East Ruston Vicarage
Have a day out at the beach, such as Mundesley, Sea Palling or Winterton on Sea
Explore the East Norfolk town of North Walsham and combine with a walk in Bacton Woods
Visit the remote village of Horsey and climb to the top of the Windmill
Walk along the cliff path from Overstrand towards Cromer
View the wildlife at Hickling Nature Reserve
Hire a day-boat on the Norfolk Broads - try Potter Heigham, Wroxham or Stalham
View the Seals between Horsey and Winterton on Sea, pups born from December to January

Our Verdict

East Norfolk is largely unexplored by many. The beaches are fantastic and are usually empty. A great alternative to the better known North Norfolk.




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