OUT AND ABOUT
With staycations on the rise and more people enjoying what the UK has to offer, we thought it would be a great chance to let you know our top 5 recommended outdoor activities, all found right here on our doorstep in North Norfolk.
Nothing beats dipping your toes in the sea. In the beautiful warm weather we have been having, a swim off the North Norfolk coastline could not get better. With 45 miles of stunning coastline and large open beaches to wade out from, or fun creaks to float in, there are some iconic spots to enjoy.
With lifeguards on the lookout at Wells-next-the-Sea, Sheringham, Cromer and East and West Runton, these are great beach choices for a day of family fun.
Alternatively, jump into the outdoor heated natural saltwater swimming pool on the estate. With exclusive use to guests staying in our properties, take a short walk through the park to a sheltered south-facing walled patio pool area, with a connecting changing room/shower. Heated by woodchips sourced from the estate, the pool is ideal for all ages.
Whether you are a keen road cyclist, prefer bumpy off-road tracks or a casual ride, we have some great cycle routes in Norfolk. The Norfolk Coast Cycleway covers 59 miles through the beautiful countryside. Suitable for all ages and abilities, cycle along quiet lanes or up gentle hills and enjoy the breath-taking views.
Or passing by the Fring Estate, is Peddars Way, great for those more adventurous who are looking for uneven terrain – join the route at Fring and cycle to the coastline, where you can enjoy a bite to eat and a well-earned drink.
Wanting to enjoy a family cycle route with children? Holkham Estate is a great location to cycle around and is mostly traffic-free!
3. Paddle boarding in Norfolk (SUP)
Looking to have fun on the water? Norfolk has many options to dive into. A popular new sport to enjoy on the open sea is paddle boarding (SUP: stand-up paddle boarding, for the uninitiated!). Suitable for all ages, it’s fun, active and social and it’s a great all body workout too! Paddle your way through the creaks at Brancaster or enjoy the ripples of the ocean at Hunstanton, board rentals are available or taster sessions and classes can be booked at Hunstanton Water Sports. Want to explore further afield? You can even paddle board through the centre of Norwich!
4. High Ropes
Take to the treetops and explore a ropes course trail at Holkham. Step into a harness and begin the circular route, ending with a descent down two zip wire lines. For those brave enough, look down over the woodland and view the estate from a new perspective, whilst tackling swinging bridges and wobbly crossings!
5. Wildlife and Bird Watching
North Norfolk is known as a birdwatcher’s paradise! With rare visiting birds and a wealth of nature reserves, north Norfolk is ideal for birdwatching all year round. Only 7 miles from Fring Estate is Titchwell Marsh, an RSPB reserve with diverse habitats that include reedbeds, saltmarsh and freshwater lagoons. Further round the coast you will find Cley and Salthouse Marshes, home to 300 hectares of bird reserve, with six hides for fantastic views.
So, whatever takes your fancy, there’s plenty to enjoy in the outdoors in Norfolk!