The Wash is one of England’s last great wildernesses, a place where you can enjoy true tranquility, as well as the excitement of some of England’s great wildlife spectacles.
The Wash National Nature Reserve is the biggest reserve in England, covering over 8880 ha. It’s also the most important wetland site in the UK, with its vast mudflats and huge expanse of saltmarsh supporting thousands of birds all year round. In winter, the Reserve attracts large numbers of wildfowl including pink-footed geese, brent geese and shelduck, while in the summer, waders and seabirds come here to breed. The Wash is also one of the best breeding areas in England for common seals.
For more information on the Wash National Nature Reserve click here to visit the website.
Today Wicken Fen, is one of Europe’s most important wetlands home to over 9000 recorded species including many rare species of plants, birds and dragonflies.
Throughout the year there’s an amazing array of wildlife to see and hear, from booming bitterns and cuckoos in spring, rare orchids and dragonfly’s in summer, to hen harriers and short-eared owls in winter.
There are a variety of walks suitable for all ages and abilities. The all weather Boardwalk Trail (1.2km 50 minutes) around Sedge Fen is ideal for those seeking a gentle stroll or wheelchair / pushchair users.
The Adventurers’ Trail (4.5km 13/4 hours) is ideal for bird watchers, exploring the reed beds & mere and wet grasslands.
For more information on Wicken Fen Nature Reserve click here to visit the website.
Sandringham, the much-loved country retreat of Her Majesty The Queen was first opened to the public in 1977.
There is a museum with displays of royal life, estate history and 600 acres of country park and garden to visit free of charge every day of the year.
For more information on Sandringham Estate click here to visit their website.
On a sunny day there’s no better place to be than Scolt Head Island. Accessed by seasonal ferry from Burnham Overy Staithe it is a secluded expanse of sandy beaches, dunes and an abundance of rare wildlife.
Just under four miles long this island is a haven for nature lovers and bird watchers alike. The tranquility makes it perfect for lying back on a sandy bank, gazing up into clear blue skies and relaxing.
For more information on Scolt Head Island click here to visit the National Trust website.
Thetford Forest is the UK’s largest man made lowland forest with 18,730 hectares to explore. It’s patchwork of pines, heathland and broadleaves provide the ideal setting for a great day out, and a welcome refuge for a rich variety of animal and plant life.
The forest covers a huge area with many different places to visit offering a range attractions from the history and heritage of Mildenhall Warren and Lynford Arboretum and the peace and tranquility of the walks around St Helen’s.
For more information on Thetford Forest click here to visit the website.
Located on the beautiful North West Norfolk coast, Hunstanton Golf Club is a superb championship links course.
Rated as one of Britain & Ireland’s ‘Top 100’ courses, golfers have walked the rolling fairways nestling in a stunning landscape of dunes and links grasses for 125 years. Overlooking The Wash, Hunstanton is the only golf course on the east coast of England where the sun sets over the sea, providing striking views in both summer and winter.
For more information on Hunstanton Golf Club click here to visit the website.