Out & About
Fun on the Water
The waterways of the Norfolk Broads offers fantastic fun whether one wind surfs, dingy sails, hires a day boat or just sits watching the world sail by. Certainly canoeing on the Dilham and North Walsham canal is a way to forget your troubles and you may see a kingfisher to boot.
A perfect day out is to hire a hamper from The Corner House Café, Mundesley and then escape into The Broads on a day boat without worry of having to find a mooring near a pub / restaurant when hunger catches you. Of course there is the danger of the marauding swan wanting to eat the delicious strawberry cream scone provided for your afternoon tea!
Angling, Cycling, Golfing, Walking, Bird & Seal Watching
Cyclists can take advantage of numerous quiet lanes. The nearest train station is Gunton Station (1.5 miles).
Golfers can tee off in Mundesley with its countryside views or at the 18 hole Royal Cromer Golf Course located by the side of the sea, or Sheringham Golf Club. Further afield are the courses at West Runton (8 miles), Sprowston (20 miles) and Brancaster (36 miles).
Anglers have the choice of coarse and carp fishing in Gimingham Lakes (2.5 miles), beach line fishing at Mundesley (4 miles) where you may catch sea bass – a common gastro pub dish – or, for the whole family, crab fishing off Cromer Pier.
Bird watchers can delight at the flocks to be found at Cley Marshes (18 miles), Pensthorpe (25.5 miles) nature reserve best known from the BBC SpringWatch series, the RSPB reserve at Titchwell Marsh (43 miles), or the Norfolk Wildlife Trust Weeting Heath nature reserve (60 miles). There are also municipal country parks, such as Holt Country Park (15 miles) and Bacton Woods (7 miles), and private woods such as Pigny’s Wood, near North Walsham (5 miles). These also provide good dog walking.
Seals are wonderful creatures to watch and can be seen during the breeding season all across the beach and sand dunes at Horsey or, if you prefer taking to the water, off Blakeney Point where there is the National Seal Sanctuary. Seals can be aggressive, so keep your distance. They also carry diseases that can infect dogs.
Walkers will enjoy the many footpaths along the beaches (but do check the tides), across the cliffs, through the countryside and along the many historic routes such as Weavers Way, Paston Way, Peddars Way and the Norfolk Coast Path.