“Shimmering Sheringham” – Jewel of the North Norfolk Coast

With its safe, clean, pebble-strewn, yet sandy beaches, unspoilt by the clutter of noisy arcades, Sheringham is perfect for family days by the bobbing sea, studded with the tiny fishing boats as they hunt the famous crabs and lobsters that are the culinary signature of this part of the world.

But this is no sleepy hollow. Sheringham is a lively market town with shops and galleries galore, with restaurants and pubs to suit all tastes. Its quaint maze of alleyways, hugged by traditional flint-built cottages, are living reminder that you are in the very heart of North Norfolk, with all the delights that this largely unexplored part of England has to offer.

The quaint and fashionable communities of Stiffkey, Salthouse, Cley, Blakeney and Wells, those guardians of the mystical and magical salt marshes that hug the coast are but a short drive way. And for those who leave their car at home, there is a charming “Coast Hopper” bus that connects all the villages from Sheringham to Hunstanton, with its candy stripe, fossil-filled chalk cliffs. For those whose thoughts of travel are more nostalgic, the steam engines on the North Norfolk Railway, affectionately known as the “Poppy Line” steam will transport you, in more ways than one, across the countryside to the market towns of Holt and Weybourne.

The coast simply hums with wildlife – the snoozing seals at Blakeney Point, the skeins of geese as they swoop down to their evening roosts and the countless waders turning the sky dark as the wheel and turn across the infinite Norfolk skies.

Visits to nearby Blickling Hall, Felbrigg Hall and Holkham Hall will take you further back in time, as you wander through past centuries in some of the grandest of the Stately Homes of Olde England.

And Norwich, one of the finest cities in England, is not far away. With its mix of the very old and the very new, Norwich has more mediaeval churches than any city in Europe, a Cathedral that soars to the heavens – yet its shops and hectic nightlife are 21st century through and through. The “Bittern Line” railway line, which takes you through the lovely, verdant Norfolk, landscape studded with its flint churches, leads to the very heart of old Norwich. And, should you wish to break your short journey, there are delightful way-stations, including Wroxham, the gateway to the unique wetland paradise that is the Norfolk Broads.