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Holkham Beach & Nature Reserve


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The area (of the coast) around Blakeney and Holkham is one of the most beautiful parts of the world.”- Sir Andrew Motion.

The actress Gwyneth Paltrow walked across Holkham sand at low tide during the closing scenes of the film 'Shakespeare in Love'.

Behind the shoreline lies a semi-circular basin, which, at very high tides, rapidly fills to form a spectacular shallow lagoon. Holkham Beach is also part of one of the largest National Nature Reserves in the country. It is managed by Natural England in partnership with the Holkham Estate and is home to many rare species of flora and fauna.

Clatter along the boardwalks, through the trails along the piney woods that line the beaches and sit quietly in the bird hide and observe the diverse animal life found along the North Norfolk coastal regions.

Times and prices are subject to change. Contact venue before setting out.

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  • LESuffolk&Norfolk

    11-Mar-2014 Report

    Quite simply one of the most beautiful and romantic beaches we have ever seen.

    Perfect for children because of the wide expanse of soft sand and gently shelving beach. With salt water shallow pools, sand dunes and wooden boardwalks to clatter up and down, they will be entertained for hours and you will be charmed. The beach is edged by a ridgeline of piney woods where the pine cones crackle and sizzle on a hot day as the heat encourages them to split open and drop their seeds. Children can run amidst tall trees that let in dappled sun - ideal on a hot day when you need shade but do not fancy a trek back to the carpark. In addition the dunes provide plenty of shelter.

    Horse riding is permitted so you will need to keep a watch out for them and it is a dog friendly beach. However PLEASE do not allow your dogs to run up to the horses and scare them. We witnessed one selfish dog owner whose inattention nearly caused their unruly dog to unseat a rider, so spooked was their horse by the barking.

    As well as the beach you will find a nature reserve with water holes and bird hides looking out over the salt marshes. We saw Red Kites soaring on the thermals, much enjoyed by the children watching in the hide.

    The nature reserve is incredibly diverse with tangles of creeks and saltings. Sand spits like shifting yellow tongues and the piney woods with Corsican Pines and their step branched trunks pierce the skies, edging the green pastures and grazing marshes. Sit in the bird hide or alongside Salts Hole (pictured above) at dusk and hear the reserve come alive.

    There are no nearby food and drink sellers (a very good thing as this can get costly) so you will need to bring a picnic, turning your trip here into something of an old school day to the seaside.

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