Sunday, 14 October 2012

Holkham Beach and Brancaster

On our final day in Norfolk, we decided that we hadn't quite seen enough of the beaches, and so we parked at Lady Anne's walk in Holkham and headed for Holkham beach.

I could,'t resist taking photo's of these very gorgeous moo cows.
The pine wood that you need to walk through smelled lovely.
Holkham Beach is ENORMOUS.  The sea is out there somewhere - honestly.  This beach was used in the final scene for the film "Shakespeare in Love" .
We walked for absolutely miles.  I would love to do this every day.

On our way back we discovered Salts Hole - A saltwater pool that is home to some rare birds and flora.
I made this photo a bit bigger so that you might be able to see one of the flocks of birds flying past.  I loved seeing all the various flocks in this habitat, getting ready to over winter amongst the marshes.
We called back in Burnham Market - which is very nice, but has been somewhat spoiled by rich Londoners moving in in their droves.
I did love the fish shop though and came home with some fabulous potted shrimp and crab pate.
We couldn't resist another stop on the way home so we pulled in at Brancaster, another stunning harbour on the marshes which seemed to be full of pensioners in the know! All parked up in stunning campervans, lunching on fresh crab and mussels  bought at the little hut in the harbour.  I was very envious.
It is very strange taking little breaks away without the kids after 20 years of family holidays, but I have to say we are quickly getting used to them! For one thing, everything seems so much cheaper when we are only paying for two!  And no body whinges when I want to walk a bit further.  And it's nice to return to being just a couple for a little while - something we often forget to be.
North Norfolk was lovely.  A lot of you say that it is on your list of places to visit.  I can't recommend it highly enough - just go. xxxx

20 comments:

Beki said...

WOW so you walk through the woods to get to the beach, that is my idea of heaven, my two most favourite places.

B xx

Louise said...

I'd love to go to Norfolk after seeing your posts! It sounds like a wonderful little break.

rusty duck said...

North Norfolk is very different to what I had imagined. Those beaches! And HUGE skies. Fabulous.

BadPenny said...

Spectacular photos... what a lovely place. Husband and I are learning to be two again - though the kids are still at home, they are not always with us.

Toffeeapple said...

I shall miss your posts about Norfolk, I have enjoyed them enormously.

Mrs. H said...

Gorgeous I am sooooo envious (but not in a bad way!!!)
I have never been to Brancaster so will give that a whirl next time. I know what you mean about Burnham market, we were disappointed and little H got stung by a wasp so we remember it for all the wrong reasons!
Really enjoyed re living our summer holiday through your beautiful photos.
:-). X

pastcaring said...

Such beautiful photos, Diane, and such gorgeous places. xxx

greenthumb said...

Such a pretty walk so much to see.

WinnibriggsHouse said...

As the wife of Norfolk lad and with many holidays around Brancaster and Holkham behind us I can understand your enthusiasm and can't wait to get back there!. Your photos are brilliant and bring it all back. x

Carol said...

Great photos, it does indeed look a lovely place to visit. Amazing beach!
Carol xx

nilly said...

Wish I was there! Aaah Burnham Market - I can smell Gurney's kippers!

ChrisJ said...

That beach sounds like Filey beach. They used to say the tide goes out a whole mile there. I wonder if the flock of birds were starlings. They do amazing sky diving and swirling about this time of the year -- hundreds of them in a cloud. I've seen them at Flamborough and it's breath-taking.

Rosie said...

Lovely! When we lived in South Lincolnshire we used to go to the Norfolk coast for a day out. Like you I'd love to be able to walk along the beach every day:)

Lisa said...

Oh how wonderful it would be to see these beaches every day, just stunning.
Lisa x

Gilly said...

Oh, that brought back so many memories! North Norfolk is just my number one favourtie place!

Jill said...

Beautiful post, Diane.
It's going to be a few years until it's 'just a couple again' for me.x
Jill x

Jan said...

Lovely photos. I hope that I'll be able to take Mark over to Norfolk before long. It's really pretty. Jx

Mister D said...

You certainly discover wonderful locations to visit is it based on research or word of mouth- would love to be able to have 6 months off and travel around all these lovely places in an old VW camper

A garden just outside Venice said...

Thank you for sharing! I'd love one day to visit a beach up North!
xxxx

The Curious Cat said...

So beautiful! I have been to Norfolk but not too many beaches - my mum really wants to go...we shall have to go soon when I go home in the summer xxx