Pick Norfolk for a short break this Winter Season

Visiting Norfolk at This Winter? We’ve got your itinerary covered

With walks and beaches, and cosy pubs and cafes, Norfolk is the ideal destination for anyone seeking a winter fairy tale escape.

Winter Walks

Holkham Beach is ranked as one of the best beaches in the UK for dog walks. It may not be one of the area’s best-kept secrets, however, its charm is easy to comprehend. If you feel up to it, you can walk nine miles from Holkham to Wells-next-the-Sea, either through the woods or across the vast, sandy shore. There is enough parking for everyone to enjoy the area, whether you are taking your children to the sea, walking your dogs, exploring the sand dunes, or grabbing a breather of that crisp sea air that Norfolk is known for. At both beach entrances, you’ll find charming cafés serving the perfect holiday meal and a cosy cup of your favourite warm beverage, along with a variety of treats for your canine companions. There’s nothing quite as delightful as embarking on an early morning beach stroll while most folks are still snug in their beds.

Pick Norfolk for a short break this Winter Season

Felbrigg Hall offers a delightful Christmas stroll that will be enjoyed by both you and your canine companions. The estate boasts a variety of clearly marked walking paths that meander through picturesque woodlands, expansive fields, and serene lakes, all while affording a view of one of Norfolk’s most splendid country estates. Visitors with dogs are warmly welcomed to explore the grounds, with conveniently placed dog watering stations to keep your furry friend refreshed. After your walk, you can also treat yourself and your four-legged companions to delectable cream teas at the dog-friendly café.

The short 3-mile walk to Cley-next-the-Sea is among the most well-liked dog walks in Blakeney. The walk begins at the charming Blakeney Quay and proceeds along the flat footpath north through Fresh Marshes to Blakeney Eye and the location of the former Blakeney Chapel. A pair of binoculars should be packed since this gorgeous spot is teaming with coastal birds and animals. The route then swings south and follows part of the River Glavan into Cley, with views towards Blakeney Point Nature Reserve. You’ll pass the picturesque Cley windmill before coming into the village where you can visit some local pubs, cafes or shops.

Local Beaches

Hunstanton Beach is an unassuming hidden gem. Frequently quiet, you can find yourself as one of the only people walking across this breathtaking stretch of shoreline. The cliffs of Hunstanton have two distinct rock hues which run horizontally as far as the eye can see. This amazing display is the result of a layer of white chalk above the brownish-red layer of Carstone. Whether you choose to walk along the cliffs, take photos of the stunning views, partake in the Christmas Day swim, or look for Albian ammonite fossils in the eroding cliffs, you will not regret visiting this location!

Pick Norfolk for a short break this Winter Season

Titchwell Beach is one to visit throughout the year and to the delight of those who frequently visit this beach, the whole area is typically serene. As you set off, you’ll get to take in the shifting vistas of reeds and marshes up until you arrive at the dunes and the beautiful, expansive beach. There are no dog restrictions on the beach, but they must be kept on a lead while exploring the wetlands. In nearby Brancaster, The Jolly Sailors is a great place to stop for a snack and a drink afterwards, they welcome dogs wholeheartedly. This really is one of Norfolk’s secret beaches.

Walking a little distance south from Sea Palling, via a small section of the Broads and beyond Waxham, you will arrive at Horsey Gap. The beach is made up of the largest dune system in the area and from the top of these dunes you see for miles in every direction, there’s nothing quite like standing and taking in the stillness and sea breeze early in the morning. Just along the coast from Sea Palling and Horsey is the adorable village of Cart Gap, which is hidden away along a narrow path and amidst fields. However, if you persist, you’ll be rewarded with a heavenly coastline, complete with sand dunes and views you won’t soon forget. Keep an eye out for gorgeous grey seals on this walk.

Cosy Norfolk Pubs

One of the cosiest pubs in Norfolk is The Earl Arms in Heydon. It is a charming old coaching inn from the 16th century that is located next to the village green, in the middle of a privately owned picture-postcard village that frequently serves as a setting for films. The pub offers a warm ambience, a log fire in the winter, and is primarily candlelit. It also contains an intriguing collection of memorabilia related to horse racing. The cuisine is of the greatest quality, prepared to order, seasonal, and sourced locally.

Pick Norfolk for a short break this Winter Season

The Hunworth Bell is a captivating 18th-century pub that is idyllically situated on Hunworth’s village green and has an excellent local reputation for its delicious food and cheerful atmosphere. The little village and the snug, low-ceiling, characterful bar will make you feel at home. Although there is a sizable restaurant space as well, many people choose the bar area for a warm, intimate lunch or dinner.

The Rose & Crown in Harpley is a family-run pub with a constantly changing, seasonally inspired menu of food and drink. Customers choose to cuddle up close to the blazing fireplaces and stoves throughout the winter, making it the ideal spot to book for a winter supper. It combines a historic pub with a terrific ambience and a superb menu that is periodically refreshed.

Cute Cafés

The Snug in Holt is a wonderful café/bistro that offers a diverse menu of Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, and British dishes that are prepared to order for the utmost freshness and flavour. With a bottle of wine from their large selection, or just a coffee and a piece of cake, their cosy sofas upstairs and the tiny sun-trapped courtyard create the perfect location to relax with friends and loved ones.

Pick Norfolk for a short break this Winter Season

If you are looking for a café, why not give Whelk Coppers Tea Rooms in Sheringham a try? The current owners started Whelk Coppers in 1992, and it is located directly on the town’s promenade with gloriously elevated beach views. It is open seven days a week and serves handcrafted cakes, afternoon tea, and light meals. You could be convinced by their three-tier afternoon tea or the intriguing wrought iron gates, which were allegedly made by Walt Disney, a close friend of the cafe’s original owner. They also operate in Holt!

The Owl Tea Rooms is the oldest tearoom in Norfolk, located just off Holt Market Place. They offer a staggering variety of freshly made cakes, cookies, sandwiches, lunches, sweet and savoury pastries, and afternoon teas. There is something for everyone. You may dine in or take away anything from the extensive counter display, as well as having the choice between an amazing mix of innovative and traditional food on the menu.

Your Norfolk Christmas Getaway

Wherever you choose to explore, we hope you have a wonderful trip exploring Norfolk’s exquisite landscape and independent businesses.

As a Norfolk holiday cottage company, we take pride in providing our guests with comfortable, welcoming and well-positioned accommodations so that you can immerse yourself in the festive spirit. Plan your Christmas getaway to Norfolk with the Norfolk Cottage Agency and make this festive season one to remember.