The Village of Kelling Heath in Norfolk

Picture (c) by John Ashley Photography

On the A149 coastal road tucked snugly away amid rolling acres of both heath and farmland is the village of Kelling. The 250 acres that make up Kelling Heath is a mix of woodland heath and gravel pits with superb coastal views out to sea. On one of its two streets runs a small brook, some of the residents on one side have built themselves small individual bridges to cross out into the main street, without getting their feet wet. 

The heath is crisscrossed by a network of paths and  bridleways including a nature trail. The village has a hotel, a colourful art gallery and book shop where you can also enjoy light refreshments. Birdwatchers and golfers are well catered for. There is a small shop at nearby Weybourne and the larger town Sheringham is not too far away by car. The North Norfolk Railways smallest 'station' is located at Kelling, though not in the village itself.  Although not a frequent service you can board the train here as long as you give a clear signal to the driver or to alight you need to advise the Guard at the previous station (Sheringham or Holt). Unfortunately the Steam trains are not able to stop here on the way up to Holt due to difficulties in restarting the train.
For retail  therapy try the Georgian town of Holt with its antiques and collectables and quaint tea rooms, some of which have remained unchanged for many years and serve delicious teas and snacks.

Just round the coast is the Muckleburgh Collection located on the site of a second world war anti-aircraft artillery range with over 120 vehicles tanks and guns coming from all over the world. For the adults you can learn to drive a tank, or for the whole family ride 'The Goat' an exciting coastal ride in a USA Personnel Carrier. This attraction has a restaurant serving hot and cold meals and birthday parties can also be catered for. Extensive gift shop.

One and a half miles away is the attractive village of Salthouse with its flint cottages, another former Norfolk Port cut off from the sea. Lanes lead across the bird sanctuary of Salthouse Marshes to the long distance Norfolk Coast Path.  In the villages church there are many Art Exhibitions held throughout the year, with local artists displaying their works.

On Salthouse Heath are some of the largest barrow groups in this part of England. Nine ancient burrial mounds are marked on OS maps, including Gallow Hill, Three Halfpenny Hill and Three Farthing Hill.

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