Explore the local area
North Norfolk won’t disappoint. It really does have something for everyone. There aren’t many places where you can go seal watching and crabbing in the morning, peruse boutique shops and cafes all afternoon, and finish the day with fish and chips and an end-of-the-pier show.
It is a 'Designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty', offering seaside towns, picturesque villages with their brick and flint style, bustling towns and the glorious historic city of Norwich.
We love it here!
There are wonderful walks directly from the front door of The Little Stables, around the village and you can be on the Weavers Way long-distance footpath in minutes, exploring the local countryside or taking a longer stroll to nearby villages. The Sustrans National Cycle Network passes through the village, which also makes it popular as a stop off point for cyclists.
Norfolk is a wonderful county for walkers and, although it is not as flat as most people think, it has a great diversity of landscapes and seascapes to explore. Whether you are serious about walking long distances, or just want a leisurely stroll along the beach or quiet country lanes, North Norfolk has something to suit everyone. For those that want to get off the beaten track there is the Paston Way, Peddars Way, Marriot’s Way or Weavers’ Way. Many of the routes take in disused railway lines and old trackways passing beautiful villages, medieval churches, rolling farmland, heath-, fen- and marshland, as well as beaches and waterways. There are lots of places that you can join these routes and walk just a few miles or take the challenge to complete the whole route, or you can hop on a bus or train to start or complete your journey.
A stay in North Norfolk wouldn’t be complete without a walk along part of the Norfolk Coast Path. Wherever you join it, you will see a vast array of landscapes and seascapes, and a wealth of birds and wildlife. This area of Norfolk’s heritage coast has been designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and passes through a number of wildlife reserves. It is also the best place to view the ‘big skies’ that Norfolk is so famous for.
North Norfolk caters for all interests and abilities when it comes to cycling and, whether you want to don your Lycra and put in some serious miles, or you just want to enjoy a relaxing bike ride with the kids, there is something for everyone.
The Norfolk Coast Cycleway extends for 92 miles from King’s Lynn to Great Yarmouth along designated quiet roads and lanes and you can pick and choose where to join. It uses Sustrans National Cycle Network Route 1 (from Hull to Harwich), which passes through Aldborough, and then regional route 30 to Great Yarmouth. Along Norfolk’s heritage coast, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, you will see a vast array of landscapes and seascapes, and a wealth of birds and wildlife. It is also the best place to view the ‘big skies’ that Norfolk is so famous for.
Places to Visit
The Little Stables location makes it the perfect base from which to explore the North Norfolk coast whilst also being within easy reach of the city of Norwich and the smaller towns of Holt, Aylsham, Cromer and Sheringham.
The cliff top seaside resort of Cromer is less than 5 miles away and makes a great day out with its sandy beaches, traditional Pier with shows, coastal walks, RNLI museum, Amazona Zoo and so much more. Don’t forget the wonderful fish and chips!
With 52 beaches you are spoilt for choice, my other favourite beaches for you to discover too, and within easy reach, are Sheringham, Overstrand, Mundesley, Sea Palling and Horsey - where there is a resident seal colony – the beaches in this area are wide, sandy and often under-populated even in the summer, very baby / toddler and dog friendly with a part of the beaches kept for dogs only even in high season.
Nearby too, visit the National Trust’s Felbrigg Hall, Gardens and Estate, set in 550 acres of woods and parkland it has been on this site since the 12th Century. Blickling Hall Estate, the breath-taking Jacobean mansion and ancient yew hedges sit at the heart of a magnificent garden and historic park in the beautiful Bure meadows, once home to Anne Boleyn (it is said that she appears in her carriage at midnight!)
The delightful Georgian town of Holt with its art & antique galleries, boutiques, independent shopping, restaurants, café culture and well known food hall at Bakers & Larners, showcasing the best of Norfolk’s food heritage, is another enjoyable day out and beyond on the northern coastline you can discover numerous coastal villages all with their own unique feel.
Further afield but still within easy reach, and some of my favourite places to go, either to chill or explore are;
Burnham Market, one of Norfolks loveliest villages:
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Places to Eat & Drink
After your day out exploring we Norfolk has to offer and should the lure of eating out prove impossible to resist there are over 1000 pubs in Norfolk with many outstanding pubs within an easy driving distance, regardless of the time of year, there is a wide choice of top quality eateries in North Norfolk. Here are few of our favourites:
Stuart Tattersall cooks from local ingredients and seasonal produce. Venison from the deerpark and beef from the local herd at Blickling are cooked over a large open fire in the Elk Room. The Gunton Arms also has its own seafood, mussels and Cromer crab are caught by local fishermen.
7 miles away
The restaurant and bar areas of the Black Boys have been completely refurbished but stylised to keep that 17th Century feel with a modern ambience. The menus cater for both traditional and more imaginative tastes using local produce wherever possible. On Sundays there is a choice of Traditional Roast Lunch.
2 miles away
The Saracen’s Head is a Georgian Inn nestled in the heart of the North Norfolk countryside that prides itself on being true to the spirit of its 200-year history, the unique county that surrounds it and its owners, Tim and Janie Elwes, who have made it their vocation to provide a place to eat, drink and stay that is at once timeless, absolutely modern and thoroughly welcoming.
3.2 miles away
This traditional country pub serving modern British Cuisine. The Walpole Arms dates back to the 18th century sits within the heart of north Norfolk’s picturesque countryside in the village of Itteringham. Itteringham stands on the River Bure, four miles north west from the market town of Aylsham and just two miles from the National Trust’s magnificent Blickling Hall.
3.8 miles away
The Bucks is a traditional 17th century pub and former coaching inn. Serving many real ales and great food, it is the perfect stop off when visiting the area.
5.5 miles away
The pub is proudly British, and very local, taking influence and ingredients from Norfolk where possible. You will see dishes from the past, back in vogue at The Pigs, cuts of meat forgotten in recent years, used to great effect on our menus. Although the food is taken very seriously, the style of service and environment is very relaxed and casual.
Local Food Events
Norfolk also has a lot to offer in terms of its food and culture with many shops offering local produce and products and many towns and villages hold weekly or monthly farmer’s markets.
The local events calendar is littered with country fairs, agricultural shows, craft and food markets, as well as unique events such as the Chilli Fiesta and Greenbuild at Felbrigg Hall, Cromer and Sheringham’s Crab and Lobster Festival, the Thursford Christmas Spectacular and the Great British Proms at Blickling Hall.
Farmers Markets are a great way for you to get to know the area by its food. There’s a fantastic choice – with local growers and producers more than happy to chat and often offering a taste before buying. You’ll be able to purchase the very best local meats, fish, seasonal fruits and vegetables together with treats including artisan breads, cakes, conserves, ales, cordials, pies and more.
Aylsham Farmers' Market - 1st and 3rd Saturday of the month - View Map location Postcode NR11 6EL
Creake Abbey Farmers' Market - 1st Saturday of the month - View Map location Postcode NR21 9LF
Fakenham Farmers' Market - 4th Saturday of the month - View Map location Postcode NR21 9BE
Hoveton Farmers' Market - 4th Saturday of the month - View Map location Postcode NR12 8DU
North Walsham Farmers' Market - 2nd and 5th Saturday of the month - View Map location Postcode NR28 9BT
Sandringham Farmers' Market - 4th Sunday of the month - View Map location Postcode PE35 6EN
Weybourne Meet the Producers Market - Fortnightly (April to Oct) - View Map location Postcode NR25 7HW