Saturday, 9 June 2012

Hunstanton

 
Hunstanton is an east coast town in North Norfolk and the only holiday resort in England where the sun sets over the sea. This is an ideal location for hikers and cyclists. The beach at Hunstanton is wide and sandy and for much of the day in summer the tide is a long way out unlike beaches further south along the coast which benefit from the sea coming in much closer.

 



Hunstanton is popular. The gardens and long sloping grass area runs the distance of the high street to the promenade which is busy in summer and the grassed areas provide tourists with an alternative to sitting on the beach. You get the feel of a busy and vibrant town which obviously relies on the tourist industry for most of its income.

The cliffs at Hunstanton are well known for the red chalk which stands out against the white chalk layers quite dramatically. The large rocks along the beach by the cliffs adds emphasis to the dramatic landscape.

 


Whilst Hunstanton does not have the same appeal as Cromer in terms of idyllic seaside resorts, it does have plenty for the visitor to see and do and there are many beaches, beautiful villages and countryside not far from the town.

 



The railway, once again, like Cromer and Sheringham, were responsible for the boom in tourism which continues today with Hunstanton sporting a seal sanctuary, a fairground, aquarium, leisure pool and several large caravan parks and a host of restaurants, pubs and take aways.  This is a family orientated resort where the kids are less likely to get bored here than the more sedate and traditional resorts further down the coast.

The surrounding countryside is spectacular and not flat like much of Norfolk. Holkham Hall and its estate are not far from here and the beaches of the estate are claimed to be amongst the best in the UK.

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