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WHAT'S IT LIKE ROUND HERE? Very quiet and peaceful for most of the year!
The North Norfolk coast has been described as 'the place where earth, air and water meet', and sometimes when the sun is setting it's hard to tell the difference between the sea, the sky and the mudflats. Head up towards the RSPB bird reserve, past the string of long, narrow lakes formed from the old shingle quarries next to The Wash, and it feels like the ends of the earth. So this is the place for those who like space and solitude with their seaside.
NEARBY FACILITIES - Between Easter and early November there's a well-stocked shop near the beach road, where amongst other things you can buy a variety of food, household supplies, newspapers, bread from a local baker, free range eggs, and local vegetables. Seasonal fish and chip shop, water sports agency and shop, amusement arcade a little further. SNETTISHAM VILLAGE (2 miles inland) has a recently-opened CO-OP WITH A CASH POINT open into the evening. There's also a small general store, post office, chemist, surgery, hairdresser, art gallery, a quirky second-hand book shop, and a charity shop – and a couple of good pubs of course.
DERSINGHAM village has a Spar general store and a mid-sized Budgen's supermarket, both with cashpoints. The seaside town of HUNSTANTON has good shops and leisure activities. Historic KINGS LYNN is a good-sized shopping town with two ancient theatres, an Art Deco cinema in all its 1927 glory, several fascinating museums, and a host of fine old buildings.
PEOPLE WHO MIGHT ENJOY STAYING HERE
BIRDWATCHERS - we are on the very edge of the renowned RSPB Snettisham bird reserve. Come in the winter to witness the huge flocks of migrating birds. Visit the RSPB website to find out more - look for information on the Snettisham Spectaculars!
PHOTOGRAPHERS AND ARTISTS - come for the subtle landscapes, seascapes, huge skies and spectacular sunsets.
ASTRONOMERS - clear skies with very little light pollution mean wonderful starry nights
WALKERS AND CYCLISTS - blustery coastal walks, unspoilt inland landscapes and quiet roads over gently undulating terrain without too many hills. The ancient Peddar's Way starts at Hunstanton and continues to Castle Acre.
WATER SPORTS ENTHUSIASTS - Sailing, windsurfing, kitesurfing, kayaking - all available locally, or at Hunstanton, a few miles away. Snettisham Beach Sailing Club runs a range of activities - find the club online. The sea is good for swimming around high tide - when it goes out it reveals the vast mudflats of The Wash. As the lake is landlocked, the water is not suitable for swimming, although sailing and windsurfing lessons take place there.
Check tide tables online to see when the tide will be in or out during your stay.
FISHERFOLK – King’s Lynn Angling Association (KLAA) have fishing lakes close by – you pass the entrance as you drive down from the A149 towards the beach. They do allow day fishing, but you’d be wise to get in touch with them before you come if you want to fish there. You can also fish from the beach itself, and there are also cockle beds out on the mudbanks – but you need to be very careful of the tides of course before venturing far out there.
ROYALISTS, HISTORIANS, SIGHTSEERS - Sandringham House, the spectacular Castle Rising, where battle re-enactments take place on some summer weekends; Norfolk Lavender, Snettisham Farm Park with its baby animals, deer, ponies and adventure playground, Bircham Windmill, and many other attractions are all within a few miles. A trip in an open boat to see the seals at Blakeney Point is a memorable experience. Every two years the village of Wolferton holds a very entertaining Scarecrow Festival.
BUCKET AND SPADE BRIGADE - Snettisham's sand and shingle beach is within a few minutes walk along fairly even paths. The cheerful Victorian seaside resort of Hunstanton is about 20 minutes drive away. It has all the usual holiday attractions, including a theatre, a swimming pool and a Sea Life Centre, and a good range of shops. There are good beaches all along the coast.
FOODIES - Many restaurants and pubs offer good locally-sourced food. Seafood is a speciality, as you would expect. In and around our own garden you can pick blackberries aplenty in late August and September, and forage for other wild food as well.
INDOORS Kings Lynn has two theatres, several museums and the Majestic cinema, along with swimming pools and sports centres. Hunstanton has a leisure centre with pool, a Sea Life Centre, and the Princess Theatre, which has a variety of shows and films most of the summer. Look for brochures in the box files in the house.
VISITNORFOLK and IKNOWEASTANGLIA are amongst the many online directories where you can find more information.