The Village of Holme-next-the-Sea in Norfolk
A visitors guide to the village of
Holme-next-the-Sea located on the West Coast of Norfolk. The peaceful
village of Holme-next-the-Sea is where the Roman Long Distance Path
Peddars Way comes to its seaward end (or where it starts depending on your
point of view). This coastal village is located in Area designated of
Outstanding Natural Beauty. Here you will find quiet beaches with a
small amount of shingle, backed by Marram grass covered sand dunes. There
are large expanses of coastal marshes and sandy beaches to be discovered
in this area. The Hunstanton Golf Course extends into Holme and there are
riding stables nearby.
The Norfolk Coastal Path that runs all the way to Cromer can also be
picked up from here, so there are plenty of opportunities for short or
long strolls. For the horse rider there are a network of bridleways and
miles of sandy beaches on which to ride.
Many different species of birds have been
spotted in this area. There a number of hides, which overlook a variety of
bird habitats and winter feeding stations. In addition there is a
dedicated sea-watching hide, the first in Norfolk. Further
round the coast is the RSPB reserve at nearby Titchwell offering excellent
bird watching, open all year.
The village has a village inn which serves
meals and for a village shop you will need to visit Old
just one and half miles away where you can stock up
on essentials. The busier seaside resort of Hunstanton
with its unusual cliffs and many seaside attractions and shops, is under
three miles round the coast.. At Hunstanton you can see wonderful sunsets
across the Wash as part of the coastline is on the East Coast but actually
It was at Holme that an Ancient Tree Ring was found, a ring of old wooden
timbers which had been known about by the local population for some
years. It was, formed by 55 oak timber posts completely encircling an
upturned oak tree, and generated much public and media interest. The
timber posts were transferred to Flag Fen, near Peterborough, the
archaeological centre based on the site of a unique Bronze Age religious
complex. The laboratories at Flag Fen specialise in the study of
prehistoric timber and have preserved the posts by submerging them in a
water tank to prevent them from deterioration.
Peddars Way - A
long distance footpath which
runs for 45 miles from Knettishall in Suffolk to Holme next the Sea where
it links up with the Norfolk Coast Path. Once a Roman military road, built
after the Boudiccan revolt of AD61 so that troops could patrol the
territory and keep the rebellious Iceni tribe in their place. The road
actually disappears into the sea, though it is not known why.
Long, long ago
this area was covered in trees
and it would have been possible to walk all the way to Scandinavia, right
across what is now the North Sea.
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