With beautiful stretches of coastline, open countryside and stunning landscapes, Norfolk is the ideal place to enjoy the outdoors. Whether you like to go rambling, cycling, horse riding or some combination of the former, Norfolk has much for you to appreciate.

The Beaches

Happisburgh Beach

Norfolk has over 90 miles of coastline and many beaches which are the perfect places to explore. If you are staying in The Harper North Norfolk hotel then you have a number of options including Sheringham, Wells-next-the-Sea, Hunstanton and Holkham Bay. A good number of Norfolk’s beaches are blue flag marking them as clean and family-friendly places to visit. A paddle in the sea, a walk along the sandy stretches or simply some quality fish and chips; you can enjoy this and more at any one of Norfolk’s beaches.


An excellent option for the family, BeWILDerwood is an outdoor attraction which has been built around the concept of a treehouse with many mythical and fantastical creatures for children and adults to enjoy. There are plenty of adventure activities to get involved with from scampering along wobbly wires to den building.

The Gardens

The Gardens north norfolk

North Norfolk is also a number of great gardens which are perfect to explore, many of which are home to unique and unusual plants and shrubs. The Plantation Garden, East Ruston Old Vicarage Gardens, Fairhaven Woodland and Alby Crafts and Gardens are each great examples of gardens which have been carefully cultivated and created to offer a full sensory experience to visitors and no matter which of the Norfolk hotels you are staying in, you will find a lovely garden nearby.

Boat Trips to Blakeney Point

Boat Trips to Blakeney Point

Blakeney Point is home to one of the largest seal colonies in the UK, consisting of around 500 grey and common seals. It is possible to take a boat trip out to see the seal colony and to land on Blakeney Point, where you can enjoy the other wildlife which makes their home here. There are a number of companies who offer boat trips out to see the seals, leaving from Morston Quay. Each boat trip lasts around an hour and is a wonderful way to see these playful sea mammals.

Norfolk Broads

Norfolk Broads

The Norfolk Broads are one of the most famous landmarks in the county and it is well worth making the time to see even a small section of these rivers and lakes if you are in the area.  One of the most exciting ways to explore the Broads is via the Southern Comfort Mississippi-style paddle steamer which makes daily trips along the rivers. A trip on the paddle steamer is accompanied by lively commentary and information about the Broads and the surrounding towns and villages.

Walking and Cycling

Norfolk County Council has created a number of walking and cycling routes throughout the area, many of which also apply to horse riders as well.  Whether you want a short walk, a circular or a longer ramble there are numerous trails you can enjoy through some of Norfolk’s finest landscapes.  Visit the council’s website for more information.