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Norfolk

Norfolk is blessed with extraordinary beaches and busy harbours and has a friendly, rural community renowned for the pride it takes in the county and its heritage.

While Norfolk has a fascinating interior with picturesque market towns and idyllic villages, it is the county’s coastline and inland waterways that provide its greatest appeal.

The Broads National Park are a man-made network of 125 miles of waterways – the perfect playground for lovers of boats and wildlife. Norfolk’s coastline stretches for over 90 miles and provides a variety of landscapes to explore, ranging from vast expanses of sandy beach such as Holkham and Brancaster and tidal creeks and salt marshes such as Burnham Overy to prolific bird reserves like Snettisham and offshore barrier islands like Scolt Head.

Whelk boat sailiing at sea, Norfolk, England
Norfolk, England
Whelk boat moored at night, Norfolk, England
Norfolk, England
Man jumping into swim, Norfolk, England
Norfolk, England

Coastal sailing adventure

Spend a night under the stars on a refurbished traditional sailing boat, tucked away into a secluded creek on Norfolk’s north coast. You will set out from Wells harbour early in the morning with your skipper at the wheel of the marvellous 30-foot gaff cutter rigged whelk boat.

Head to Blakeney Point, home to the largest colony of seals in England and explore the many creeks and inlets around this stretch of coast, known intimately to your captain. Go foraging for lunch, take wild swims, try your luck with one of the boat’s fishing rods or let the skipper show you how to sail the boat. Drop anchor off Scolt Head Island where your skipper will set up camp for the night. Expect a fabulous dinner of fresh Norfolk seafood and other local delicacies, as your captain shares tales of the ocean by the campfire.

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Happisburgh Lighthouse, Norfolk
Happisburgh Lighthouse, Norfolk

The legacy of the sea, churches and stately homes

‘I am a Norfolk man and glory in being so…’ so said Lord Horatio Nelson, who was born in the small village of Burnham Thorpe where one can visit the parsonage where he was born and All Saints Church where his father was rector, and the young Horatio was baptised. For anybody with an interest in maritime history, a visit to the Happisburgh Lighthouse and a walk along the Kings Lynn Maritime Trail is a must.

Norfolk has a wealth of history to explore, not just of a nautical bent. The county has the greatest concentration of medieval churches in the world (over 650) with the finest being the Norman cathedral in Norwich, and Norfolk is home to Sandringham, the Royal family’s country retreat where one can take a guided tour of its gardens and museum. The secret door and ‘priest’s hole’ make Oxburgh Hall an interesting visit while Holkham Hall is our favourite because of its wildlife-rich parkland and proximity to the spectacular beach.

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A passion for travel runs right through every one of our experts - meaning they're always ready with first-hand insight about their specialist countries.

Katie Benden

The excitement of travelling the world has always hugely appealed. Largely cemented from my first solo trip to Egypt and the Middle East. The crazy hustle and bustle of Cairo was a huge assault on the senses, scrambling through the claustrophobic tunnels of the Great pyramid took me out of my comfort zone and I was left humbled by the warm hospitality of the Nubian people in Aswan as we shared dinner together.

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Charlotte Lawton

My strong sense of belonging in Asia stemmed from a childhood in Hong Kong and Nepal. My Grandmother was born in a tent in India. Some of my clearest memories are of walking through a dense, tropical jungle while hailstones the size of cricket balls rained down on us; of being carried on my father’s shoulders as we trekked through the Himalayas; my mother wearing flipflops on a snowy mountainside; and me falling into Dal Lake in Srinagar as we disembarked from our houseboat. 

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Chris Johnston

25 years ago, my first trip to Africa took on a life of its own. I planned for three months, I stayed for two years. Whilst there, I was mistaken for a priest, attacked by sharks and arrested. Yet the countless, clattering journeys opened my eyes to the beauty of the landscapes and the grace of the people. My recent trips are undoubtedly more comfortable, but the welcome is as warm as ever and the best experiences are still those I never see coming.

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John Faithfull

My love affair with travel began in a vintage Italian train carriage at sunset on a hot and sticky September evening in 1983. Sardined into a two-bench compartment, I’d spent five hours sharing sweaty thighs, broken-Italian pleasantries and furtive glances while rattling towards Turin, stopping at every wisteria-draped village along the way.

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Sue Grimwood

I was inspired to travel south from an early age. My form teacher when I was nine made us listen to tapes from Shackleton’s expeditions, I didn’t know it at the time, but it obviously left a deep impression on my psyche.

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Illona Cross

Born in a small South African town, I have always followed my passion for nature and discovery. After studying Nature Conservation in Pretoria, I was one of the first women to complete a very tough cadetship in the Natal Parks Board. It was here where I cut my teeth in African wildlife management.

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Paul Bird

It wasn’t part of the script, career plans were quite different but after four global trips visiting such exciting destinations, travel became a passion that eventually led to me entering the industry. The more I have travelled the greater the desire has been to see and do more.

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Paul Craven

Paul is the Conde Nast Traveler chosen Specialist for Central Asia and the Silk Route.

Being from a family with Army connections I can from an early age remember travelling. From camping in Europe and then later being sent to boarding school when we lived in Germany at the age of eight, complete with shorts, long socks, a cap and my suitcase. In appearance not too dissimilar to the children evacuated to the countryside during the blitz.

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