7 romantic things to do in Norfolk

7 romantic things to do in Norfolk

Alexandra Gregg explores the endless romantic possibilities in the ‘Big Sky’ country of Norfolk…

Offering secluded woodland walks, romantic beaches and steam trains, there's something for every couple in this East Anglian outcrop. Here are some of our favourite couples activities in Norfolk.

1. Holkham Beach at sunrise

Holkham Beach is already oozing with romance: scenes from Shakespeare In Love were filmed here. Dawn is the most majestic time though. The unspoilt ever-stretching sands of this National Nature Reserve come to life in the wee hours, reinvigorated with an amber glow as the sun's rays start to spill across every grain, while illuminating the sky with streaks of gold. That early in the morning, you and your partner are likely to have four miles of beach all to yourself, so why not take a picnic breakfast with you and make the most of the seclusion?

2. Cromer Beach at sunset

As beautiful as Holkham at sunrise is Cromer Beach at sunset. Guide your loved one along the coastal path that leads from this classic seaside town, crossing sand dunes, exploring rock pools and chomping on traditional fish and chips as the sun fades behind the horizon…

3. Walsingham Abbey

If breathtaking ruins, romantically-arched medieval bridges and blankets of snowdrops in the early spring are what you both yearn for, then Walsingham Abbey is the perfect destination. Together you can explore the historic remains of the Priory - a place of pilgrimage dating back to the 11th century - before taking a gentle stroll through the 18 acres of woodland and wildflower meadows that dominate the Abbey grounds.

Entry is £4 for adults. March opening hours are from 11am-1pm and 2pm-4pm Mon-Fri, or 11am-4pm Sat-Sun. Between April and October, the site is open daily, 11am-4pm.

4. North Norfolk Railway

There are few things more romantic than taking a ride on the rails. And with its bygone era steam and diesel engines, the North Norfolk Railway is one of the best places in the country to do just that. The 19th and 20th century locomotives chug through 10.5-miles of Norfolk countryside - designated as an area of outstanding natural beauty - pausing to take in historic trackside stations such as Sheringham and Holt, as well as a museum of the railway's history. And when you're ready to hop off, there are pretty trails and walks aplenty, particularly from Weybourne station, which has direct access to the Kelling Nature Trail. Fares start from £6.80p/p.

5. Norfolk Broads

With just your partner and the wildlife for company, the Norfolk Broads is a great spot for a romantic retreat - honeymoon or no. The beguiling beauty of its lakes, rivers and ponds are the big draw here and it's most definitely a region best seen by boat. You can hire a vessel from the village of Wroxham - Fineway Leisure rents out various types of cruiser, with prices from £14p/h.

But there's more to the Broads than the waterways. There are abundant walking and cycling routes if you're both keen to get active, as well as market towns and picturesque villages which make for a delightful day of ambling and window shopping.

6. Pensthorpe Wildlife and Gardens

If you love nature as much as you love your partner, then look no further. Pensthorpe is utterly mesmerising. Nestled in the tranquil Wensum Valley, it is a haven and popular breeding site for all types of wildlife, from grey-crowned cranes to red squirrels. There are three tranquil gardens for you both to enjoy too, each rich with vibrant colours and plentiful flora and fauna year-round. It's the ideal place to get down on one knee and pop the question also…

7. The White Horse restaurant

Glass-fronted and with sweeping views across the Norfolk tidal marshlands and coastal path, the multi-award-winning White Horse, in Brancaster Staithe, is perfect for a simple romantic meal. The décor is bright and airy, and chefs use locally-caught fish - including sea bass, mackerel, oysters and mussels - to make delectable dishes. Norfolk cheeses and asparagus also feature heavily on the menu, celebrating farmers and fishermen from the region. This fresh eaterie is open daily, noon-2pm and 6:30-9pm, with a three-course meal costing around £25-30p/p. And once you've had your fill of this flavoursome produce, you can even have a sleepover, with double rooms starting from £100p/n.

Image copyright of www.VisitNorfolk.co.uk and the Broads Authority.

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