Norfolk is a large yet remote county in the east of England, being one of the few counties with no stretch of motorway. It is probably most famous for the ‘Norfolk Broads’ a series of lakes and rivers where you can hire boats for either a few hours, a day or longer.
Indeed on a previous trip to Norfolk we hired a small 10 seater boat in Wroxham for 4 hours and spent a leisurely afternoon navigating around the broads and having lunch in a quaint riverside pub. The boats are easy to operate and you don’t need any previous boating experience to do so.
This time we spent a week in a rented holiday house at Pentney Lakes (near Kings Lynn) with 8 members of our family.
The above holiday house has 5 bedrooms, sleeps up to 12 and can be rented from cottages.com. The garden sloped down to the edge of the lake and from there we were lucky to see some fabulous sunsets (below and top photo).
Having spent the first 5.5 months of 2016 travelling around the world, we enjoyed relaxing at the holiday house and spending time with our family.
We called in to Castle Rising a 12th century castle which is about 5.5 miles outside of Kings Lynn.
We visited Norfolk Lavender which is just outside Hunstanton. They have a rather pleasant coffee shop with cream teas and also a good farm shop selling local produce.
Norfolk has many activities for the tourist or visitor. We spent one afternoon visiting the Sandringham Estate which is the country retreat of the Queen and Prince Philip. The house is open each year for visitors from Easter until the end of October.
It was interesting to walk around the house and through the very same dining room where the Royal Family have their Christmas dinner. Unfortunately we were not allowed to take any photos of the grand and ornate rooms and furniture while inside the house.
Norfolk has a long coastline with many wide stretches of sand. Some of these stretches are so wide you can just about make out the sea in the distance! In the past we have walked the 40 mile Norfolk coast path which runs from Hunstanton to Sheringham.
With its vast stretches of sand, Brancaster Beach is popular with families. There is a large car park which costs £4 for the full day.