North Norfolk Overview
North Norfolk embraces around 400 square miles at the far eastern tip of England. Its coastline stretches for 43 miles and much of it, including Weybourne Village (a conservation area) is part of the Norfolk Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The diverse landscape includes wide sandy beaches, pine forests, saltmarshes and mudflats and as the seasons change the countryside takes on very different qualities.
Day-trips to nearby Towns and villages
North Norfolk has some wonderful and picturesque towns and villages which are perfect for a day trip from your Weybourne base. Cromer and Sheringham have been popular seaside resorts for almost 200 years and offer a relaxed pace of life. Both towns have a Blue European Flag for their clean beaches and bathing waters.Blakeney, Cley and Wells are outstanding centres for wildlife and a paradise for birdwatchers. You can take a boat to Blakeney Point to see the seals or try out crabbing on the quayside.Holt is a small Georgian town which is a great place for shopping or browsing around the many art and crafts galleries. You won't be able to resist the tempting cafes and speciality food shops
Nature Watching - Birding
North Norfolk forms part of the largest coastal nature reserve in England and Wales. Bitterns and terns, oyster catchers, avocets and marsh harriers are among the species which make North Norfolk a prime site for birdwatching.The Peddars Way is probably one of the most famous paths in the UK. It starts from Thetford and as it approaches the coast at Holme next the Sea it becomes the Norfolk Coast Path. The route runs all the way to Cromer through Weybourne, but there are several optional detours on the way. Walking along the path is a wonderful way to see the North Norfolk countryside from a different perspective. The Norfolk Wildlife Trust's reserve at Holme Dunes is one of the north Norfolk coasts most attractive landscapes and the combination of mudflats, sand dunes, saltmarsh and reedbeds have an air of mysticism. It is an important birdwatching site where you can look for a huge variety of species including avocets, ringed plovers, redshanks, curlews and lapwings. Holme Dunes is another key site for winter wildfowl. At nearby Salthouse Marshes, a short way along the coast from Weybourne, a shingle bank protects the coastal grazing marshes and salt water lagoons from the voracious appetite of the North Sea. Bird watchers can look out for black-tailed godwits, ruffs, redshanks and snow buntings as well as several thousand brent geese in the winter months
Sea-Angling at Weybourne
Anglers enjoy good parking and easy access to the shingle beach. The fishing is good here, where you can catch all the usual species common to the Norfolk shingle including flatties, along with a few more codling and whiting during the winter
Cycling the North Norfolk Coast
The Norfolk Coast is made for cyclists! Whether you are an experienced tourer or haven't been on a bike in years, the area lends itself to the view from the saddle. A network of quiet country roads, lanes and bridleways leads you through varied landscapes and villages. You can bring your own bike (even on the train to nearby Sheringham), or hire one locally. On a bike you have time to pause and explore before passing on to another delightful unexpected view or experience. Hop off and on, or press on - the choice is yours. However fast you travel you are never far away from a village with a pub, cafe or shop and any hills are just steep enough to make you feel you’ve earned a drink In short, the Norfolk Coast is ideal cycling country.
The Muckleburgh Collection
Situated at former MOD Weybourne Camp is the UK's largest privately owned military museum, boasting over 120 tanks, guns and vehicles in addition to thousands of other items, even military aircraft. The vehicles on display have come from far and wide; Russia, Norway, Italy, Czechoslovakia, Belgium, Holland, Eire, Syria, Kuwait, Israel, the Falkland Islands, the United States and Iraq. Most of The Collection's vehicles have undergone restoration to ensure they are kept in working order. Other fine exhibits include historic memorabilia from The Suffolk and Norfolk Yeomanry, RAF Reconnaissance, Air Sea Rescue and Marine Craft, and a unique collection of naval and civilian ship models. There is a Restaurant and Shop and visitors have the opportunity of seeing a tank demonstration and of enjoying a bumpy coastal ride in an American Gama Goat personnel carrier. A children’s play area and picnic site give all members of the family an exciting day out. Tel: 01263 588210 Click here for website
Adjacent to Weybourne, visitors enjoy this spectacular landscape park and woodland garden with miles of footpaths and stunning coastal views. It is one of the finest examples of Humphry Repton's design legacy, with: fabulous displays of rhododendrons and azaleas; mature woodlands with rare trees and shrubs; gazebo and viewing towers with fantastic coastal vistas and miles of scenic countryside paths. It can be accessed from the main car park at Upper Sheringham, or by parking next to Webourne Station at Kelling Heath and taking a footpath into the rear of the park. Tel: 01263 820550
The North Norfolk Coast has many creeks, channels and inlets, with nature reserves, churches, windmills, craft centres, and numerous waterside villages with pubs, shops and restaurants. There are numerous gentle walks or serious hikes from Weybourne, including immediate access to the North Norfolk Coastal Path, a long distance footpath in Norfolk, running 45 miles (72 km) from Hunstanton to Cromer. It was opened in 1986 and covers the North Norfolk Coast AONB (Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty).
The Poppy Line (North Norfolk Railway) - Weybourne Station
Weybourne Station, in typical rural railway fashion around a mile from the village it serves, is the middle station on the heritage Poppy Line from Sheringham to Holt. Much bigger than the usual country station, it was built in anticipation of the village’s development as a Poppyland resort; and the 7-storey Springs Hotel was built on the other side of the road bridge. The development never happened, and the hotel was demolished at the start of World War 2 in case enemy forces used it as a landmark. But the station was very busy during that war, handling troop movements to and from the camp that now houses the Muckleburgh Collection of military artefacts: it had a stationmaster, two signalmen and three porters. Today the station sees steam and vintage diesel trains on the scenic Poppy Line along the coast to Sheringham and up through the heathlands to Holt, running every 45 minutes in the summer. All day hop-on, hop-off Rover tickets let you explore the area, and dogs and cycles are happily carried. There is limited car parking at the station. Watch the video at the bottom of this page. Tel: 01263 820800
Just 3 miles from Weybourne is Sheringham Golf Club, set on the cliffs, offering a challenging course for all golfers at all times of the year and has been the venue for 3 English Ladies' Championships. The course celebrated its centenary in 1991 and remains one of the most picturesque in the region - the view from the 5th tee is one of the most memorable in golf. Tel: 01263 823488
Splash Leisure Centre and Tropical Swimming Pool
Just 3 miles from Weybourne is this full scale Gym, and 25m leisure pool with wave machine and slide. A favourite with children, perfect for a rainy day, offering free swimming for the over 60's Tel: 01263 825675
Departing from nearby Blakeney or Morston are various boat companies offering short boat rides to see basking seals on the sandbanks at the far end of Blakeney Point. The colony is made up of Common & Grey seals and numbers around 500. Common seals have their young between June and August, the Greys between November and January
Weybourne Priory and All Saints Church
The priory was founded as a house of Augustinian canons towards the end of the 12th or at the beginning of the 13th century by Sir Ralph Mainwaring . The monument includes the remains of the priory church dating from the early 13th to the 15th century but incorporating parts of an earlier church dated to the 11th century, together with the remains of the conventual buildings to the north of the church and of associated buildings and water management features, lying to the north and east of these within the known area of the monastic precinct.All Saints Church intrigues because it was the church of a major Priory, and remains of the Priory buildings survive to north and east. Even more interesting, the 13th century Priory swallowed an earlier Saxon cruciform church, and the remains of the tower of this church can still be recognised to the north of the modern chancel. The north aisle of the present church is on the site of the Saxon church; the arcade between the current nave and this aisle is set in the south wall of the Saxon church. Free to stroll around
There is also a fine example of a tower windmill that has been restored but not to its working condition. It was first built in 1850.
Contact the Squirrelwood Equestrian Center, Warren Rd, High Kelling Tel: 01263 710135
Weybourne Childrens' Playground, The Harry Dawson Playing Field, Beck Close, Weybourne
Fully fenced and well maintained children's play-park with slides, swings, lawned areas etc plus a mini-football field and - for mum and dad - picnic tables for some rest! Free entry.
Weybourne Green Bowls Club - Weybourne has an active green bowls club with 22 members, the club is situated on the L/H side of the Street on the opposite side to the Moultings hotel as you leave the village westward towards Cley on the coast road. Click here for details