Every so often a row of quaint coastal beach huts used to pop up on my Insta feed, they could have been anywhere in the world, but where were they, none other than right here in Blighty on the sand-driven shores of Wells-next-the-Sea. Located in North Norfolk, this coastline is a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, stretching over 40 miles and it’s not hard it fall in love with this rural haven next to the sea.
Strolling along the sweeping white sand shoreline was just the tonic after a couple of tough months stuck indoors. As indicated this isn’t just any beach, not only does it seem to go on forever, with plenty of space to enjoy yourself whilst distancing from others, but this golden stretch is also lined with an endless array of colourful beach huts, which add a delightful world of whimsy to this charming corner of the county.
Shorebirds can be found nesting in the dunes and though I didn’t spot any one my travels, I’m told seals can also be found basking in the sun by the water’s edge. To reach this stunning shore we followed the Norfolk Coast Path along from the quayside following the scenic walk by the harbour and extensive salt marshes. It is a flat and gentle stretch with the beach at one end and the reeling scent of fish n’ chips to lure you back to the quayside again after.
If the sun proves too much, you can also find peace and quiet amongst the trees, with several paths leading through the dunes to the shaded Corsican pine wood said to have been established 150 years ago to protect the surrounding land from storms and tides. The region’s diverse landscape is an abundance for wildlife, with crabbing proving a popular pastime with children along the quay.
The North Norfolk coast is wild but beautiful and Wells-next-the-Sea offered a tranquil escape from everyday worries, proving an ideal location for any age; there are several scenic walks to explore and a miniature gauge railway for those tired legs after day of fun by the sea. The town remains a working fishing port and well as a popular seaside destination and I hope it is enjoyed by many more over the years to come.