The Village of Holkham in Norfolk
The small village of Holkham is next to the
Earl of Leicesterís estate Holkham Hall and Holkham National Nature
Reserve. The nature reserve is the biggest nature reserve in England
incorporating extensive salt marshes backed by corsican pines and grazing
The 10 mile stretch of Holkham sands known as the Holkham Meals, are in
summer a popular place for the family with its extensive golden sands on
which can be found at low tide, a number of pretty purple and orange
shells. At all other times of the year bird watchers congregate to admire
the huge flocks of winter migrating birds. On the Holkham Estate is the
Bygones Museum and nearby the Holkham Pottery and tea shop, and also a
large village inn.
Round the coast is Wells-Next-The-Sea where working fishing boats can be
seen on its small picturesque harbour front, here you will find a few
amusement arcades, lots of fish and chips and good general shops. A single
track train runs you down to the beach or you can walk along the pretty
causeway admiring the boats on the quayside. Stalls selling local
mussels, dressed crab, cockles and samphire are on the quay. When Horatio
Nelson was back in his home village of Burnham Thorpe he wo/uld visit
Thomas William Coke at Holkham who would sign his pension forms.
oscar winning film
Shakespeare in Love used
Holkham Beach for some of its scenes.
There is a
prehistoric fort on these
marshes believed to have been used by the Iceni.
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