Norfolk's great outdoors
In spring and autumn, bird watchers flock to North Norfolk to catch a sight of some of nature's most amazing displays with the migration of many rare and unusual species. While you might be lucky enough to spot a rare Golden Pheasant as you drive along the coast, here are some fantastic hideaways to go spotting:
Beach Road, Snettisham PE31 7RA
Tel: 01485 542689
Leave the crowds behind and head to RSPB Snettisham for bird-filled lagoons, shingle beaches and fantastic walks that feel as far away from the hurried pace of everyday life as it gets. Between August and January there are fantastic sites of waders and wildfowl with up to 50,000 wading birds migrating.
King's Lynn PE31 8BB
Tel: 01485 210779
Located next to our sister hotel, Briarfields, RSPB Titchwell is renowned as one of the UK’s best birdwatching sites with rare sightings of the Bittern. With sandy beaches and a host of events, this is an unmissable spotter’s stop. And, of course, once you’re done with twitching, head to Briarfields for Posh Afternoon Tea to complete a brilliant day out.
Keen golfers can anticipate superb games on some of the best Links courses in the UK during their North Norfolk visit and it would be easy to fill a week or two playing a different course every day of the week. Practice makes perfect, so here are our pick of the best:
Hunstanton Golf Club
Golf Course Road, Old Hunstanton PE36 6JQ
Tel: 01485 532811
Guests at our Albatross, Par and Mulligan Cottages have a bird’s eye view of the course which was voted the country’s ‘Best 19th hole’. Hunstanton is a predominantly a 2 ball course for singles and foursomes play, however 4 ball play is permitted throughout the year on Tuesdays after 9.30am. In addition 3 / 4 balls will be allowed after 2pm on Sundays in the summertime (i.e. from 1 April to 31 October). Reward yourself afterwards at The Lodge in Old Hunstanton with a delicious bite to eat and a pint.
Royal West Norfolk Golf Club
Brancaster PE31 8AX
Tel: 01485 210087
Ranked 17th in the UK, this outstanding links course is set with the North Sea on one side and the saltmarsh on the other. Again, with a two-ball rule, a round can comfortably be completed in three hours before a visit at nearby Briarfields to relax on the deck with a glass of something celebratory.
Sheringham Golf Club
Norfolk NR26 8HG
Tel: 01263 823488
Slightly further afield but well worth a drive, the club is situated on the cliff top – the view from the 5th tee is one of the most memorable in golf.
Royal Cromer Golf Club
145 Overstrand Road, Cromer NR27 0JH
Tel: 01263 512884
A fantastic cliff top course with sandy hills, grassy valleys, gorse and bracken – exactly as you would anticipate a Norfolk coastal club – with HRH The Prince of Wales among its patrons. We can’t guarantee you’ll bump into him on the green, but well worth the drive on a sunny day.
For those looking for high adrenaline adventures, boating, canoeing, sailing and fishing are available along the coast, with wind and kite surfing making the most of bright, breezy days on Old Hunstanton beach. Go on, live a lot…
SailCraft Sea School/Northshore Sport & Leisure
The Boatyard, Brancaster Staithe PE31 8BP
Tel: 01485 210236
Rather than dragging your boat all the way to the coast, why not hire your boat when you arrive. Sailing boats, canoes, kayaks, windsurfing and kiting equipment. Sailcraft brings fun and function for all. Sailing and Powerboat tasters or courses. Just want to play? Hire a kayak or canoe and explore the miles of creeks or book a group activity. All backed up by a well-stocked chandlery.
Beans Boat Trips
69 Morston Road, Blakeney, Holt NR25 7BD
Tel: 01263 740505
Get up close and personal with some of Norfolk’s wildlife. Take a boat trip with family-run business Beans Boats who, for more than 50 years, have been taking visitors to see seals and birds from April to October and throughout the winter.
The Canoe Man
10 Norwich Road, Wroxham NR12 8RX
Tel: 0845 4969177
Offering guided and overnight canoe tours of the Broads, canoe hire, white water coaching and bushcraft courses, The Canoe Man (aka Mark Wilkinson and his team) give Ray Mears a run for his money. Explore and experience Norfolk from a very different perspective on one of The Canoe Man’s tailor-made courses.
Norfolk Fishing Trips & Charter
Unit 2, Docking Rural Workshop, Station Road, Docking PE31 8LT
Tel: 01485 517610
With daily summertime departures from Brancaster Staithe, fishermen will enjoy a day aboard the Katie Louise, fishing and then dining on the day’s catch.
Hunstanton Water Sports
8 Southend Road, Hunstanton PE36 5AW
Tel: 01485 534455
Offering a wide range of courses and activities for all ages and abilities, from family paddleboard sessions to three-day BKSA Kitesurf courses, the shallow, flat water of The Wash make for the perfect place to try your hand at watersports. All equipment provided – take your beach towel and have a go!
On your bike!
Whether it's a leisure ride or a challenging route that you are looking for, Norfolk's countryside is fantastic fun to explore on two wheels – a growing number of cyclists have discovered that this county is not as flat as you might have been led to believe.
Norfolk cycle routes
Big blue skies, coastal paths and countryside as far as the eye can see, check out Norfolk’s cycle routes at sustrans.org.uk.
12 Kings Lynn Road PE36 5HP
Tel: 01485 535875
If you’re a bit of a pedalhead, while you’re in town, be sure to pop in to Fatbirds to be tempted by some truly amazing made-to-measure bikes. Fatbirds is also the team behind May’s Pedal Norfolk cycle festival, so why not plan your trip to coincide and ride up to 250-miles of the beautiful Norfolk countryside – we guarantee our luxury beds will help ease your aching limbs.
Of course, even if you are looking for a more leisurely getaway, with its big blue skies and gentle coastline a walk on the beach is guaranteed to lift your spirits.
The Lodge's 9 or 11-mile walk
Our sister inn has mapped the most amazing route for a walk that will lift your spirits, whatever the weather. Check it out at The Lodge coastal walk page.
Once you've worked up an appetite, be sure to head for one of our hand-picked
Eats and treats
spots for a delicious bite to eat and relaxing drink.