During our lovely mini-moon break to North Norfolk, we went out for a little afternoon adventure and visited the coastal town of Well-next-the-Sea. Last time we visited the region, we explored the east ticking off Cromer and Holt. So fancying somewhere new we headed west and Wells is just 15miles from our favourite Norfolk retreat.
We always, always, get drawn to the sea – and after the promise of a forest on the beach – we had to visit. But first we got our bearings in the town. We enjoyed coffees and shared a blondie at The Grey Seal Roastery, a lovely little local coffee roasters producing delicious coffee! Scoped out where we’d get ice cream after the beach and weaved in and out of shops on Staithe Street. We even found some alpacas opposite the Co-op!
We walked along the quayside and tried to spot the beach. Quickly realising why Wells is next-the-Sea instead of on-the-Sea. We followed the brown signs pointing toward the beach and after a gentle 15-20 minute stroll along Beach Road we came to the beautiful golden sands of Wells beach.
The beach is deceptively vast. We followed the raised beach huts which lead us along the coast and toward the trees. We paused and perched for a few moments on a small dune, people and dog watching and watched the grey clouds roll over the horizon. A classic Dandy shoe selfie ticked off the list, we then plucked up the courage to walk back into town.
Feeling a few spots of rain on our stroll back we decided to stop at an attractive looking chippy we’d spotted before heading to the beach. We enjoyed vinegar soaked chips and battered sausages at French’s before deciding to head home.
We love North Norfolk!
Wells is a lovely, quiet and charming town. We imagine at the height of summer the place swells in population. But on a sleepy Tuesday afternoon, it was the perfect place to amble at our own pace. We’d definitely visit those sands any day over Cromer. But next on our wish list is a trip to see those infamous seals at Blakeney Point. And the promise of another Grey Seal coffee is more than enough to entice us.
Norfolk is fast becoming our favourite home holiday spot. Cornwall has always intrigued us; six hours of driving, not so much. And of course, we love Kent. But knowing we can truly feel away yet no more than two hours from our door is wonderful. The real question is, will we every stay anywhere else in North Norfolk? Probably not.
Dan & Anders x