...and explore the cliffs, beach and rock pools at Hunstanton
Explore West Norfolk's Coast
The stunning West Norfolk coastline with the classic seaside resort of Hunstanton at its heart, is characterised by fine sandy beaches, broad horizons and some truly outstanding natural habitats.
Much of the coastline along with the countryside and villages that nestle inland is designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, part of the Norfolk Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty which covers around 450 square kilometres. To the south of Hunstanton towards King’s Lynn and then west towards Sutton Bridge, the coastline forms part of The Wash, the largest estuary system in the UK and is recognised internationally, nationally and locally as a critically important site for wildlife.
The traditional seaside 'award winning' resort of Hunstanton is the perfect base to explore the surrounding Norfolk coast. It is the only west-facing resort on the east coast, inviting visitors to enjoy some truly spectacular sunsets. Hunstanton is an attractive Victorian resort ideal for family holidays. It is clean, tidy and welcoming – winning Seaside Awards for cleanliness and amenities for the past nine years. At the north end of Hunstanton are the town's famous striped cliffs, a haven for fossil-hunters! Children can explore rock pools and build sandcastles on miles of unspoilt wonderful beach. Long, balmy summer evenings lend a romantic atmosphere to this otherwise lively family resort. The beach, gardens and cliff top provide a backdrop for some truly spectacular sunsets.
Old Hunstanton, Heacham, Brancaster and Holkham, also have lovely beaches, rimmed by acres of pale sand and perfect for a variety of activities from kite flying to cricket. Boat trips are available from several points along the coast, and bicycles can be hired locally to follow the Norfolk Coast Cycleway, which runs from King's Lynn to Cromer. This route follows the quiet lanes through the heart of the countryside, enabling more visitors to explore the area safely by bicycle.
Coastal nature reserves and bird sanctuaries provide a haven for less common species. The RSPB reserve at Titchwell has both fresh and salt water lagoons and extensive reed beds, with avocets and other waders among the many species, while Snettisham Coastal Park and nearby RSPB reserve provide an ideal environment for many migratory species. For a closer view of the birds and seals on Scolt Head, boat trips are available from the nearby coastal villages.
The Norfolk Coast Footpath stretches the length on the coastline from Hunstanton to Cromer, the Norfolk Coast Cycleway follows tranquil roads just inland on the coast and offer excellent views of the coastline.