A visitors guide to the coastal village of Stiffkey
(pronounced 'Stewkey'), which nestles in a valley next
to the river of the same name in an area of outstanding
natural beauty on the North Norfolk Coast. There was
once a harbour and a quay here, but this has long since
Stiffkey Marsh is a continuation of Morston Marshes and
is one of the oldest saltmarsh along the Norfolk
coastline and an important wildlife habitat inhabited by
curlews and redshank. In summer months it turns purple
with prairie fields of sea lavender.
A good area for both ornithology and
walking, with the Norfolk Coastal Path running through
here. For Holiday Accommodation in Stiffkey - Self
Catering - Holiday Cottages - Bed and Breakfast
check out our Stiffkey Holiday Accommodation Pages.
There used to be a spectacular Hall in Stiffkey that
belonged to the Bacon family, built by Nathaniel Bacon
in 1578. All that now remains is the gatehouse
adorned with the Bacon family coat of arms and the
remains of a wing.
The church of St. John the Baptist stands at the east
end of the village with the ruins of St. Marys in the
same churchyard. At the other end is the white washed
Red Lion pub with its welcoming atmosphere and good
food. Well behaved children and dogs are welcome. The
village has a village stores and post office.
is just over four miles away with a good range of shops
and on this road is the terminus of the Wells and
Walsingham Light Railway, whose narrow gauge steam
trains run inland to Little
An ancient and picturesque village
which has been a place of pilgrimage since 1061. Famous
for its many ancient buildings, including the ruined
Augustinian Priory, Georgian Courthouse/Museum and
Prison. Morston in the
other direction is superb for the boating enthusiast
with delightful walks and boat trips out to the famous
Blakeney Point to see the seals.
Read a ghostly tale associated with Stiffkey Marsh.
‘island of stumps’ and probably refers to the tree
stumps that are found in Stiffkey marsh.
An old ditty - Cromer
crabs, Runton dabs, Beeston babies, Sheringham
ladies, Weyborne witches, Salthouse ditches,
Blakeney bulldogs, Stiffkey trolls.
An infamous rector of
Stiffkey whose involvement with prostitutes led to a
national scandal in the 1930’s.