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North Norfolk villages: 10 of the prettiest places to visit

PUBLISHED: 13:24 15 May 2017 | UPDATED: 13:24 15 May 2017

Cley Mill (photo: Martin Pettitt, Flickr, CC BY 2.0)

Cley Mill (photo: Martin Pettitt, Flickr, CC BY 2.0)

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With its picturesque coastlines, wonky cottages and pretty buildings, the villages of north Norfolk are perfect to visit any time of year

Blakeney

The pretty village of Blakeney has flint-clad buildings and plenty of ancient pubs. This is a popular spot for visitors who want to escape from it all and experience the tranquillity of this coastal village.

Don’t miss: Boat trips from Blakeney Point to see the seals during the winter (between November and January) or summer (June to August), are spectacular, offering stunning views of the coast, and of course, cute baby seals! Head back into Blakeney for a pint in the 17th century King’s Arms pub.

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Brancaster Staithe & Burnham Deepdale

Perfect for long walks, there is a varied landscape including salt marshes, beaches, woodland and grassland at Brancaster Staithe and Burnham Deepdale.

Don’t miss: There are plenty of pubs and cafés to stop in after a day of exploring and thrill seekers will be pleased with the great weather that offers the opportunity to go kiting, sailing and more.

Cley-next-the-Sea

The picturesque village of Cley-next-the-Sea is surrounded by beautiful countryside. The land between the sea and the village is a nature reserve labelled as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty that’s perfect for contemplative walks and pretty vistas all around.

Don’t miss: There are many pretty flint cottages, an old bookshop, taverns and a delicatessen in the village. You can even stay in the iconic restored windmill overnight.

Happisburgh

Instantly recognisable is Happisburgh Lighthouse with its red and white stripes, standing proudly over the historic village below. Visitors can visit the lighthouse on open days during summer.

Don’t miss: Hoping for a view over the stunning coastland? Visitors to Happisburgh can also climb St Mary’s Church for uninterrupted vistas of the north east Norfolk coast and one of the oldest settlements in Europe.

Mundesley

Home to one of the “Best Blue Flag Beaches in Britain 2016,” Mundesley is a village rich in history and charm.

Don’t miss: There are thatched cottages, a flower shop, an art gallery and more enchanting village finds that are great to go exploring in.

Holkham

The village of Holkham has a tiny population of under 250 people which makes it the perfect place to visit for a relaxing day out. The Holkham National Reserve is breathtaking year round with plenty of beautiful flora and fauna to see.

Don’t miss: The grand Holkham Hall is an 18th century country house that is open to visitors at various times throughout the year. Steeped in history, with plenty of period features, there is also a tea room where you can indulge in scones with jam and cream and a pot of tea.

Burnham Market

The quintessential village of Burnham Market is ideally located close to the North Norfolk coast and comes complete with red-roofed historic pubs, cottages, inns and shops.

Don’t miss: Why not pop in to Tilly’s Café for a big slice of homemade cake washed down with tea; or stop for a relaxing pint or a night’s stay at the historic Nelson?

Stiffkey

Another tiny but pretty village, Stiffkey is popular for nature lovers who enjoy the Stiffkey Salt Marshes; walkers who enjoy rambles in the Norfolk countryside; and seafood fanatics who can enjoy fresh, local mussels, cockles and more at the cosy Stiffkey Red Lion.

Don’t miss: Enjoy the fresh air and vast skies and seascapes that are on offer in this remote settlement.

Walsingham

A truly historic village, Walsingham is perhaps most known for its Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham, an internationally famous site of religious pilgrimage. Once you have paid a visit to the iconic shrine venture into the gorgeous village where there is a quaint tearoom; a historic pub to while away an hour or two; and those envy-inducing cottages that are common in many North Norfolk villages.

Don’t miss: There is plenty of history to soak up from the medieval streets and wonky buildings to Little Walsingham’s Priory Gateway and the 15th century Black Lion Hotel. There are plenty of walks to enjoy in the surrounding countryside too!

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