Emma

by Emma

Things have been a little quiet on the blogging front over the past few months. Sometimes life just takes over. But we’ve missed these beautiful bright pages, so are hoping to be back with a vengeance over the next few weeks.

There’s lots of yes adventures to share with you…

First up, we wanted to share with you a {relatively} newfound love for us. Beautiful, beautiful Norfolk.

Accommodation

One of our favourite things about Norfolk was the fabulous cottage that we stayed in. I found Hollyhock Cottage on Instagram and lusted after the beautiful décor and picturesque surroundings.

When we decided to head to Norfolk for the weekend I knew it would be the perfect place to stay. It’s got everything you need, is beautifully decorated, and truly feels like home.

Exploring Norfolk, staying in Hollyhock Cottage, via Year of the Yes, the Yes Directory encouraging you to live life to the full

Exploring Norfolk, staying in Hollyhock Cottage, via Year of the Yes, the Yes Directory encouraging you to live life to the full

Exploring Norfolk, staying in Hollyhock Cottage, via Year of the Yes, the Yes Directory encouraging you to live life to the full

Never fear, if Hollyhock isn’t available when you are coast-bound, Cow Parsley Cottage is owned by the same people and looks equally as incredible. We are hoping to head back at some point in the future, so that we can give this place our official seal of approval as well.

 

What to do

We like to fit in as much exploring as possible when we travel, whether in the UK or abroad, because we can never be sure if and when we are heading back to the same area. So not a stone is left unturned…

We spent our days exploring the Norfolk Coast. In one day we covered off:

  • Mundesley – a beautiful sandy beach, which is usually adorned with bright beach huts. Unfortunately they were packed away for winter while we were there, but the village is also full of cute cafes and shops. Well worth a visit.

Exploring Norfolk, Mundesley beach, via Year of the Yes, the Yes Directory encouraging you to live life to the full

Exploring Norfolk, Mundesley beach, via Year of the Yes, the Yes Directory encouraging you to live life to the full

  • Happisburgh – a quick stop-off for us, to admire the bright and beautiful light house there.

Exploring Norfolk, Happisburgh, via Year of the Yes, the Yes Directory encouraging you to live life to the full

Exploring Norfolk, Happisburgh, via Year of the Yes, the Yes Directory encouraging you to live life to the full

  • Sea Palling and Waxham – not just a great beach, but we managed to spy some seals bobbing along in the sea. Such a cool sight! But I am afraid to far away to capture on camera {#BloggerFail}

Exploring Norfolk, Sea Palling seal spotting, via Year of the Yes, the Yes Directory encouraging you to live life to the full

  • Winterton – a small seaside village with sand dunes and cute multi-coloured huts surrounding the coast.

 Exploring Norfolk, Winterton, via Year of the Yes, the Yes Directory encouraging you to live life to the full

And the next day:

  • Blakeney – a beautiful village in its own right, but the port was the start of a scenic walk to Cley beach for us. If you have longer to spare you can head to Blakeney point and see even more seals!

Exploring Norfolk, Blakeney, via Year of the Yes, the Yes Directory encouraging you to live life to the full

  • Cley – we wrapped up our walk in Cley, which was really quaint and lovely to roam around. We stopped for lunch in The George pub, and warmed our digits by the fire.

Exploring Norfolk, Cley, via Year of the Yes, the Yes Directory encouraging you to live life to the full

  • Burnham – another beautiful village with shops to explore. It felt a little Cotswold-esque to me.
  • Brancaster – we made it here as sunset was drawing in, and it was beautiful, but think the sandy shores would be even better explored in the daytime.

If you are time poor, my top picks from the first couple of days would be Happisburgh, Sea Palling, Blakeney and Cley.

 

The two gems of Norfolk that are simply not to be missed though were the destination of our final days exploration.

Holkham beach was simply breathtaking. It’s vast. It’s beautiful. You wander through the trees to arrive at a beautiful un-spoilt shoreline, where you can leap through the dunes and dabble your toes in the sea. It’s one of those that you have to see to understand its pure beauty. But it is somewhere we would return to in a heartbeat.

Exploring Norfolk, Holkham, via Year of the Yes, the Yes Directory encouraging you to live life to the full

Exploring Norfolk, Holkham, via Year of the Yes, the Yes Directory encouraging you to live life to the full

Exploring Norfolk, Holkham, via Year of the Yes, the Yes Directory encouraging you to live life to the full

It’s right next to the jewel in the Norfolk crown, Wells-Next-The-Sea. The pretty beach huts that line the sand are actually the reason for our trip; another Instagram discovery that made it to the top of my wishlist.

It didn’t disappoint.

The picture perfect huts are as enticing as they seem. My dream to own a beach hut one day has only increased after seeing these with my own eyes {though I may have to win the lottery to make this dream a reality}.

Truly one of my favourite places in the UK, after just one visit.

Exploring Norfolk, Wells-Next-The-Sea, via Year of the Yes, the Yes Directory encouraging you to live life to the full

Exploring Norfolk, Wells-Next-The-Sea, via Year of the Yes, the Yes Directory encouraging you to live life to the full

Where to eat

We were only in Norfolk for a short break, so didn’t make it around many of the local eateries. But we did sample a delicious meal at Titchwell Manor.

The décor is cute and quirky, the staff super friendly and the food was delicious. No stingy portions in sight here. We left feeling stuffed and content.

Highly recommended!

 

So that’s our whistle stop tour of Norfolk for you lovely lot. Anyone have any additional recommendations to throw into the pot?! Drop them into the comments box below..

 

About the Author

Emma loves sunshine and flip flops, prosecco, chocolatey treats, things that sparkle, trips to the beach, reading and blogging.

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