Making a move to Norfolk’s east coast villages

PUBLISHED: 10:37 05 June 2018

The Golden Mile in Great Yarmouth on a warm and sunny afternoon (photo: James Bass)

The Golden Mile in Great Yarmouth on a warm and sunny afternoon (photo: James Bass)

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Unspoilt villages, golden sand, abundant wildlife and a bucket full of traditional seaside fun, explore Norfolk’s east coast villages

While the area be slightly less fashionable than its much lauded neighbours further north around the coast, the villages on Norfolk’s eastern shores are a little bit of a secret treasure and their relative anonymity only adds to their charm and appeal.

Best of all, house prices in these areas, while certainly creeping up, are still relatively affordable and whether you love beautiful old historic houses, converted character-packed farm buildings or all the convenience of a stylish new build, there is a great choice of properties.

Great Yarmouth is at the heart of the county’s east coast, providing all the amenities, shops and services necessary, as well as plenty of traditional bucket and spade resort appeal. Over the past few years, there has been huge investment in the town, and as well as major refurbishment on the famous Golden Mile, it has a thriving arts scene and a multitude of festivals throughout the year attracting renowned international artists, exhibitors and performers.

Next door to Great Yarmouth is the slightly more reserved Gorleston. It has some excellent shops, cool cafes, pubs and venues but the real appeal of this popular family location is its swathe of golden sand which is backed by a fantastic promenade and cliff top gardens. When the sun is shining, the seafront is bustling with people enjoying the sand and sea, soaking up the views with a cup of coffee or enjoying a leisurely walk along the prom. The houses which overlook the beach are always in high demand and offer breathtaking views of

Horsey Mill and the surrounding area (photo: James Bass)Horsey Mill and the surrounding area (photo: James Bass)

the coastline.

For those who enjoy a slightly quieter life, the east coast has countless pretty villages like Winterton, Hemsby, Sea Palling and Waxham, with charming flint cottages, good facilities and the beach on their doorstep.

The stretch of coast from Horsey Gap to Winterton is also home to hundreds of grey seals, who come ashore every winter to have their pups. The area is carefully managed to ensure the long term survival of the colony but there are plenty of places to view the seals safely, and you will often see them swimming by just off the beach, whatever the time of year.

Just a couple of miles inland, the villages not only boast close proximity to the sea, they are also part of the Broads.

Ormesby St Margaret, Filby, Rollesby and Horsey are pretty villages offering excellent amenities and plenty of opportunities to get outdoors and enjoy the beautiful landscape - whether you love walking, exploring the waterways by boat or canoe or spotting the bountiful wildlife.

Whatever the time of year, the east coast villages offer something incredibly special whether you love the hustle and bustle of seaside life, unspoilt beaches or soaking up some of Norfolk’s lesser known areas of natural beauty.

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