With spring in full swing – not to mention life finally beginning to open up again – this is undoubtedly a fantastic time of year to experience North Norfolk, and our comfortable cottages here at Wood Farm make the ideal base for leisurely explorations of the countryside and coast. We’ve put together our perfect spring day for you: use the following as a full-day itinerary, or dip in and out of it during your stay. Whatever you decide to do, it’ll introduce you to the best that our beautiful area has to offer.
Catch the sunrise
Getting up early can feel like the antithesis of holiday behaviour, but the sunrise views from the top of Salthouse Heath – looking out over the shingle beach and the sea – ensure it’s worth the effort. Make a flask of tea or coffee before you leave your cottage and wrap up warm, and you could happily spend hours watching the shifting colours of sky and sea.
Fill up on local produce
From Salthouse it’s a short drive to Back to the Garden, a farm shop crammed full of fantastic local food. Here you can soak up the abundant garden setting over a big breakfast and stock up with goodies for the day ahead. If you’re with us for the first Saturday of the month, don’t miss Norfolk’s largest farmers’ market at Creake Abbey.
Pond creatures are at their most active at this time of year, which makes pond dipping a real treat; children will especially love looking for frogspawn and tadpoles. One of our favourite spots is Selbrigg Pond where, if you’re lucky, you might even see a family of otters – keep a look out for footprints while you’re there. Also within easy reach is Baconsthorpe Castle, a ruined 15th-century manor house, where the pond is one of the sources of the River Glaven.
You can’t miss the fact that the countryside around us is in full bloom, but nowhere is this better seen than in North Norfolk’s many beautiful gardens. From both Selbrigg and Baconsthorpe it’s an easy journey on to some of the region’s most wonderful floral displays. The vivid bluebells of the National Trust’s Blickling Estate are a huge draw from late April to May – you’ll find wide swathes of them in the formal garden and the woods – and even outside of bluebell season you can easily lose hours exploring the glorious grounds here. In May and June, head to Sheringham Park for its famous rhododendron display, which colours the landscape in vibrant hues.
If your visit coincides with one of those glorious spring days where it feels like summer has come early, you won’t want to miss out on time by the sea. One of the best ways to explore our stunning coastline (though we’d recommend wearing a wetsuit at this time of year) is on a guided stand-up paddle board tour, which will take you through Wells-next-the-Sea’s creeks and salt marshes.
Recharge over tea and cake
Is it a holiday if you don’t stop for tea and cake at least once a day? No, we don’t think so. One of our favourite places to head – and a great choice if you need a bit of a rest after all your explorations – is the café at Natural Surroundings, a real haven among lovely gardens. If that succeeds in fully restoring your energy, you can easily head off on some beautiful walks from here, including along the Glaven.
To Holt then home
Finish the day off with a stop in charming Holt, where you can easily lose a few leisurely hours browsing its galleries and antique shops (which makes it a great option if the weather doesn’t play ball). Holt is also the ideal place to stock up on food for dinner (grab some tips from us about the best places to do so); once you’re done, retreat back to your comfortable cottage, where you’ll find everything you need to whip up a locally sourced meal to round off a brilliant day.
Wood Farm Cottages is the ideal place to stay for your spring break in Norfolk. Check our availability now and we look forward to welcoming you soon.