Coastguard Cottage, Wells & Further Afield
Where Are We?
Coastguard Cottage is located on Bases Lane in the west side Wells-next-the-Sea.
The cottage is less than 500m walk to Staithe Street (the main shopping street) and the The Quay which means that you can park your car when you arrive and don’t need it until you leave (unless you want to venture further afield).
The famous beach at Wells is a one mile walk from the town centre along the sea wall (Beach Road) or if you want to spend the day on the beach and take all your stuff with you in the car, there is a large car park at the end of Beach Road.
Around Wells (no car needed)
Wells-next-the-Sea has something for all ages.
Staithe Street has a number of independent shops, boutiques and places to eat (both for snacks and meals). If you want to cook for yourself, it has an excellent butcher selling locally raised produce, a excellent fishmonger selling locally caught fish and an excellent greengrocer. There is also a large Co-op and Nisa – all within walking distance).
You can sit at the quay and have fish and chips from either of the two fish and chip shops or have a table at one of the restaurants with views over the quay and saltmashes.
There are numerous very good restaurants in Wells with something for all tastes, have a look on Tripadvisor. If it’s a special occassion think about taking a taxi to the Michelin-starred Morston Hall (you need to book well in advance)
If you fancy some locally made drinks, try the Whinhill which offers locally made cider and wine – you can try before you buy 🙂
If you want the beach, then Wells beach was The Sunday Times Beach of the Year in 2016. You can walk there from the cottage, it’s a mile along Beach Road or take the miniature steam railway which runs alongside Beach Road. If you have a lot of ‘stuff’ you want to bring, you can take the car and park in the car park at the end. The beach stretches for miles and dogs are allowed on all of it apart from a small stretch. The beach starts with a line of beach huts which can be rented in advance.
From Coastguard Cottage, it is less than a mile’s walk to the Holkham Estate and the famous Holkham Hall. Although you might prefer to do the circular walk which takes you from the cottage to Wells beach, along the beach to Holkham beach up to Holkham Hall and then back to the cottage. It’s about 6 miles but there are various places to stop along the way for ‘refreshments’.
Wells has events going on throughout the year, we particularly enjoyed ChristmasTide (first weekend in December) where you can see Father Christmas arrive by boat to The Quay.
Where do you start? There are so many diverse places and activities to see and do that it is impossible to list them all but you can find details on the many websites that cover the area. For those who want more an active break there are excellent opportunities from cycling to sailing to kite surfing. Of course, the main attractions of this area is the miles and miles of sandy beaches which never seem to get busy and the fantastic bird watching. Golf is available at Sheringham.
If you have been to North Norfolk before you will know what it has to offer, but even for the those who have visited previously, there is always something new to discover.
The coast of North Norfolk is famous for its miles of sandy beaches, salt marshes with abundant wildlife and numerous coastal walks. Inland there are picturesque English villages and towns which are perfect for window-shopping or staying longer to sample the local fayre. There are many wonderful stately homes to visit such as Holkham Hall, Blickling Hall and Felbrigg Hall. The royal residence at Sandringham is open to visitors most of the year. Also worth noting are The Shell Museum, Norfolk Lavender, Letheringsett Mill, Pensthorpe Waterfowl trust (as featured on BBC Nature Watch), The Wildflower Centre and…. the list goes on!!