Once a thriving port, linked to the sea by the Mayne Channel, this village was wrestled from the sea in 1638 by the building of dykes and the blocking of the canal as part of land reclamation, making a lot of fishermen and sailors redundant. Nowadays the salt and freshwater lagoons of the Salthouse Marshes support a host of breeding bird life.
In summer one can normally purchase an ice
cream from an icecream van that frequents this place and across the
road, in one of the small Norfolk cottages you can buy fish and
chips. There is a village stores and post office, which can supply your
basic holiday provisions.
The local pub The Dun Cow is a popular watering hole for birdwatchers and locals alike, with its views over the surrounding waterslain marshes. On the hills above is Salthouse Heath, a heath land of gorse and heather, with narrow lanes on which one can walk or cycle. For other eateries there is Cookies Crab Shop of Salthouse, that has been selling quality shellfish for over three generations. They also offer platters, salads, sandwiches plus hot and cold drinks. Either take away, eaten inside or eaten in their garden that overlooks the salt marshes (BYO beer or wine to enjoy with your meal). They are open everyday of the year except Christmas day and we would recommend booking a table because of their popularity.
Further round the coast is the small fishing village of Blakeney with its picturesque quay and nearby salt marshes. Few visitors can resist a one-hour boat trip to see the colony of 400 common and grey seals off Blakeney Point, and many opt for the two-hour trip, going ashore to observe the Blakeney Point birdlife. Boat trips are dependent on the tide and weather and the breeding season of the seals.
Round the coast less than 8 miles in the
other direction is Sheringham a traditional seaside town which has grown
up around its old fishing village, and where fishermen still bring in the
daily catch. Sheringham is home to the North Norfolk Railway which
operates steam train rides into Holt. A busy popular town of charm and
character. with a good selection of shops.
There used to be a spectacular castle like structure on Salthouse beach known as Randallís Folly. However, the devastating floods of 1953 took the house and also a large portion of the beach. Built by local man one Onesiphorous Randall born at Cley in 1798, he used the place for "entertaining ladies".
The village pond which given its proximity to the lagoons is home to a wide range of ducks, geese and swans and is a plesant place for a stop, especially if you have the foresight to bring along some bread.
Home Other Norfolk Towns and Villages