Saturday 16 June 2012

Sheringham Park

This popular coastal resort is situated a few miles west of Cromer and prior to tourism it would have relied totally on farming and fishing as its main source of income.  In similar circumstances to Cromer, the arrival of the railway was of great benefit to the town. Crab and lobster, whelks , herring and cod could now reach London and the markets in double quick time. These days Sheringham is still known for its crab and lobster fishing but on a much reduced scale.

The beach at Sheringham has been awarded the European Blue Flag ten consecutive times and is one of the cleanest beaches in Britain.

This pretty little town with its fish and chip shops, cafes and restaurants is popular with tourists. There is a town market near the railway station on Wednesdays and Saturdays and a busy shopping centre with plenty of traditional craft shops and privately owned stores.

This traditionally English town hosts a number of events and has its own festival each August. The Sheringham Museum highlights the heydays of the fishing industry and boatbuilding which was famous in Sheringham. Over 200 fishing boats would have operated from here in the mid 19th century.

Many tourists to Sheringham are return visitors seeking that long lost lifestyle from decades ago and the rural charm of a seaside town that has not changed much over the years. There are no kiss me quick hats here and few amusement arcades.

The town is situated in an outstanding area of natural beauty and it’s not hard to see why visitors fall in love with the place.

Sheringham’s busy high street leads into the promenade with its robust sea wall to protect the town from further erosion. Nearby Sheringham Park with its landscaped gardens is a fantastic cycling and walking route near the coast . This National Trust site does not provide access to the hall itself but the scenery is breathtaking, and on a fine day, the nearby Weybourne pebble beach is one of the finest beaches on this coast. The cliff walks are particularly popular.

Sheringham Park, Visitor Centre, Wood Farm, Upper Sheringham, Norfolk, NR26 8TL. 
Tel: 01263 820550

Muckleborough Collection
The Muckleburgh Collection of military vehicles is nearby as is Felbrigg Hall, a National Trust Property. Both are certainly worth a visit.

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