With the heatwave continuing into this weekend, there’s no better place to be than beside the sea. Wells-next-the-Sea is one of North Norfolk’s most spectacular towns along the North Norfolk coastline.
It has everything that makes up a beautiful beach town. The town itself is buzzy with lovely independent shops, arcades, and a pretty Georgian Square.
At low tide, the colourful boats sit lopsided on the sand banks, but when it’s in, it’s one of the prettiest harbours in England. It’s a charming place for children to go crabbing.
The incredible, sweeping beach features colourful beach huts with stairs leading down to the pristine sand.
Many have cute names such as Dolly Mixtures and Linger Longer. Behind them sit beautiful mature Corsican pines which are over 100 years old.
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It’s a walker’s paradise – you can walk along the golden sands to Holkham, or wander through the beautiful woods where you might be lucky to spot grey squirrels and rare birds. Wells Beach itself is reached by a raised path that offers fabulous views over the marshes. If you drive you can park and then just head over the dunes.
The beach is wide enough for kite flying and building some serious sandcastles.
Along the foreshore, you will set wading birds such as terns, oystercatchers, and avocets.
Buy yourself fish and chips sit on the harbour wall watch the world go by including the endless stream of fishing boats.
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The Granary was built in 1903 and is one of the only surviving granaries in England. The gantry which hangs over the harbour, is now home for people lucky enough to afford one of the luxury flats.
Also in the harbour, an arresting sculpture, The Lifeboat Horse, stands in shallow waters. It’s made from steel bars and whiskey barrels as a tribute to horses that once pulled the town’s lifeboat.
Standing at nearly 10ft, it appears to be ‘walking’ through the sea.
Wells also has its adorable Wells Beach Bus – a 1951 Leyland Tiger open-top vintage bus – though most services are via an electric bus. Another vintage mode of transport is the Wells and Walsingham Light Railway.
It is the world’s smallest and the Garratt steam locomotives take visitors on a four-mile journey through the countryside from Wells to the village of Walsingham.
Another ‘touring option’ is to explore some of the tracks and bridleways along the coast by taking an alpaca for a walk-on treks ranging from 1 to 3.5 hours.
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