The Norfolk coast covers around 100 miles much of which is designated as the Norfolk Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). Around the Sandringham area there are pine forests and the sandy beaches of Hunstanton. There are also sandy beaches in areas such as Wells and Brancaster in North Norfolk. Cromer and Sheringham have been extremely popular seaside resorts for many years. They both have a 'Blue Flag' in recognition of their clean beaches.
The coast is scattered with traditional seaside holiday resorts, small coastal villages with harbours and many stretches of wide sandy beaches. Great Yarmouth is the largest of the Norfolk coastal towns with a pleasure beach, sea life centre, the Wellington and Britannia Piers (built in the 1880's) and traditional pubs, restaurants and amusements on The Golden Mile.
The picturesque Norfolk Broads with it's network of rivers, broads (shallow lakes), marshes and fens is a beautiful area and very popular with visitors who can rent boats for a day or for longer holiday breaks. It is one of the UK's largest nationally protected wetlands.
The Norfolk coastal area is ideal for nature lovers with rambling trails such as Peddars Way and the Norfolk Coast Path going through Holme-next-the-Sea to Cromer. There are the AONB's and varied wildlife. Blakeney, Cley and Wells in particular are outstanding areas for wildlife and bird watching, with bitterns, terns, oyster catchers, avocets and marsh harriers to be found. You can take boat trips to Blakeney Point and Scroby Sands to see the seals basking.