1 Norfolk: Holkham Beach

Holkham Beach, Norfolk – photo © Holkham Estate

The wow factor: One of the country’s most unspoilt and beautiful stretches of beach, you can follow in the footsteps of Gwyneth Paltrow, who walked across its sands at low tide in the closing scenes of the movie, Shakespeare in Love. Four miles of golden sands are edged by grassy dunes, creeks and saltings home to many rare flora and fauna species. The beach forms part of Holkham National Nature Reserve, one of the UK’s largest nature reserves.

Activities: Visit nearby stately home Holkham Hall. See colonies of seals and terns in Blakely National Nature Reserve. Watch glassmaking demonstrations at Langham Glass. Take a trip on the narrow-gauge, steam Wells and Walsingham Light Railway.

Stay: The Victoria Hotel (www.holkham.co.uk/victoria) is located on the coast road, a 10-minute walk from Holkham Beach. It is known for its relaxed, colonial feel, with furniture from Rajasthan and Victorian-themed, individually-designed rooms.



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