Anyone recommend places in norfolk?

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techiebabe
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Anyone recommend places in norfolk?

Post by techiebabe » 27 Aug 2013, 02:13

We are looking to go away to Norfolk for a week (any week!) in October.

We usually stay in self catered holiday cottages for two. Because of my mobility issues we need step-free flats or bungalows or at the least somewhere with a bedroom, lounge, kitchen, diner & bathroom all on one level (even if there are extra rooms elsewhere). I can bring my own aids like bath boards.

This is limiting enough but usually easy enough to find. But now we have Commodore we need somewhere that is also dog friendly and ideally near a dog friendly sandy beach for morning runs.

I know im asking for the moon on a stick especially with such short notice. But can anyone recommend somewhere? I have emailed lots of holiday cottage websites but a lot are booked up so a personal recommendation miğht help.

We are quiet and tidy, always recycled, and pick up after doggy, and he sleeps in his crate which we will take with us so we are perfect guests!

I cant wait for us to have our first holiday as a threesome especially as in October hubby turns 40, doggy turns 6 months, and we celebrate 7 years married! So pretty much any week will be cause for celebration!

Fingers crossed someone knows the ideal spot...

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Post by techiebabe » 27 Aug 2013, 02:20

Should have said we would also appreciate dog friendly day out advice for Norfolk. :-)

Hubby & I like photography so basically somewhere interesting (pretty scenery is good but industrial is my thing) to sit & wander & take snaps while dog runs round & we all have a picnic. Weather is no issue but I need terrain to be fairly flat so I can get about. So things like a sculpture park are ideal. Or coastline of course altho I'm scared of water *meep* so need wide paths - i cant manage a canal towpath but i can manage a beach.

I would like to expose puppy to as many new environments and experiences as possible along the way, he seems to be pretty rock solid & nothing phases him but I'd still like to extend his socialisation.

To be honest it will just be good to get away!

Any and all ideas would be greatly appreciated!

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kimberleyone
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Re: Anyone recommend places in norfolk?

Post by kimberleyone » 27 Aug 2013, 08:14

Try a place called Rainbows End. The outlook is superb, not sure if there is level access to the beach though. We have a van not far from there,we looked at buying a place, but there is no clubhouse sadly. If you're not bothered about that then it looks good for you.

http://www.rainbowsendpark.co.uk/

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Re: Anyone recommend places in norfolk?

Post by cjp » 27 Aug 2013, 09:58

We love Norfolk are are going back again in October. Try http://www.sheringhamcottages.com/

We stayed with them in April and were made very welcome and are going back in October. They have a lovely selection of properties and it is a family run business

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Post by techiebabe » 28 Aug 2013, 22:30

Thank you so much both of you. Really appreciated.

Cjp you may have hit the mark! The accessible flat on that website looks ideal for us, right near the beach, and it is free during the week of our wedding anniversary so that seems like fate!

I will have to get hubby to confirm dates with his work tomorrow but then we will be booking!

When are you returning? If it's the same week, do you fancy a walk with our doods sometime? Feel free to PM if youd rather not post publicly :-)

Wow, Im so glad I asked, Ive been looking online for ages with no luck and now it looks like youve found me somewhere that ticks all the boxes... I love this forum!

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Re: Anyone recommend places in norfolk?

Post by campfaz18 » 28 Aug 2013, 22:51

we would very much recommend Holcombe beach near Wells. It is dog friendly all year round. It has a board walk from the car park to the beach. Unfortunately as it is private Blue Badge holders need to pay for parking but there are a few reserved spaces near the board walk. there is a short slope at the end of the board walk to access the beach which has a handrail. The beach is huge and very flat.

Jacob loves the beach and so do we :D
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Post by cjp » 29 Aug 2013, 11:22

We are staying in Ramey wc 12th October. Very happy to meet up for a doodle walk if you are there the same week. Sheringham has a long prom but the beach is very stoney and steep. Wells is about 40 mins away and is fab - the best beach ever! lots of other beaches nearby and Sheringham park

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Post by techiebabe » 29 Aug 2013, 15:56

Thanks for the Holcombe beach advice from you both!

I think we will be there 19Oct onward, but if hubby cant get that week off then it will be the week before... cant wait to book now :-)

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Post by Vincento » 29 Aug 2013, 20:57

campfaz18 wrote:we would very much recommend Holcombe beach near Wells. It is dog friendly all year round. It has a board walk from the car park to the beach. Unfortunately as it is private Blue Badge holders need to pay for parking but there are a few reserved spaces near the board walk. there is a short slope at the end of the board walk to access the beach which has a handrail. The beach is huge and very flat.

Jacob loves the beach and so do we :D
Being a Norfolk Girl and resident fairly close to Holkham Beach and Wells ....we visit regularly all year (probably more in the winter months) and a tip for those of you that don't mind a little bit more of a walk you can park for free.

Opposite the entrance to the beach road (Lady Anne's Drive) is the the drive way up to Holkham Hall (Hotel/Pub on the corner) on the right hand side approaching Holkham Hall's entrance gates is a free car park sign posted as "The village green". Hope that helps someone with the cost of car parking :) Obviously that then means you have to walk back and cross over the road and down Lady Anne's Drive (about 1/3rd of mile) to hit the Beach/Pine Woods/Walks might too much for some but the car park can get a bit expensive if you want to stay a long while and when the weather is good as it has been just lately you could be anywhere in the Med...the beach has that sort of feel about it :) Just remember to take what you need with you as there's no beach shop (apart from a small cafe at the gate) being a private beach but it's worth it :) :) :)
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Re: Anyone recommend places in norfolk?

Post by Vincento » 29 Aug 2013, 21:26

cjp wrote:We are staying in Ramey wc 12th October. Very happy to meet up for a doodle walk if you are there the same week. Sheringham has a long prom but the beach is very stoney and steep. Wells is about 40 mins away and is fab - the best beach ever! lots of other beaches nearby and Sheringham park
Hope you enjoy your stay :) ......Sheringham beach is mostly stoney but it does improve a little the further you walk either way from the main part...Cromer is the same. We sometimes head to West Runton or Overstrand for a change. Sidestrand/Trimingham/Mundesley are better in fact the more you head towards Gt Yarmouth the better they get sand wise but at least most of the No Dog restrictions will be over when you come in October :)
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Re: Anyone recommend places in norfolk?

Post by techiebabe » 30 Aug 2013, 17:26

Hubby's holiday dates are confirmed and holiday IS BOOKED!!!!

I am so excited to be going on holiday as a threesome for the first time ever; me, hubby & Commodore.

cjp thank you SO much for the recommendation, how can I repay you??? I spent so long trawling holiday websites and thought that there must be nowhere left in Norfolk on the ground floor let alone with an adapted shower I could use... but Foresters looks perfect (it is so nice to be able to wash without falling over or needing help!) and the location is a bonus.

Hubby is happy too because they have a nice parkrun nearby (perish the thought that he'd skip his Saturday morning run...!)

I am so relieved to have booked a holiday, it has been a hard few years for us and although we got a few days away in April we haven't had a whole week away since honeymoon in 2007! so I just cannot wait!

The only shame is that we will be in norfolk on different weeks. But I will start a thread in the main board to see if there are any norfolk doodlers who do fancy a beach walk when we are there.

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Post by techiebabe » 30 Aug 2013, 17:30

Vincento - thanks for the info!

Can you confirm about the dog restrictions? I downloaded a PDF (I think from the council?) which showed beaches and restricted areas, but it seemed to say they only run til end of September. But other websites (e.g. norfolk tourist or beach info type sites) say the restrictions end in October.

We are coming in October anyway, but are you able to confirm when the restrictions end? Even if Holkham is the best place to visit (and it looks LOVELY) it would be good to know if we can take C for a morning run in Sheringham (tides permitting!)

Thanks again! Any more local tips you can give would be great.

Commodore will just want to know where the best places are to stick his head and pull out clumps of live seaweed to throw around... :lol:

Am just off to the general board to see if anyone fancies a doodle walk while we are there, it would be lovely to meet up with 1 or many doodles... so do chip in if you fancy it! :-)

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Re: Anyone recommend places in norfolk?

Post by Vincento » 30 Aug 2013, 21:15

Hi techiebabe....Really pleased you've got somewhere booked now :) I really love going to Sheringham it's just got a sort of oldie world feeling about it... probably because for me it hasn't really changed much in all the years I've visited winter and summer :)

Anyway beaches info (I too have just checked the North Norfolk DC website) I'm pretty sure that most of the restrictions end on 30/9. We camped at Weybourne in July for a few days and went into Sheringham a couple of times and the restrictions were in place but if you walk either way from the High Street it does soon stop. We walked to the right from the High Street, along the promenade and once you reach the beach huts shortly afterwards the sign changed to OK for dogs on the beach and there's slopes that go down as well as the steps and there's more sanded area's and less stones so could be ideal for your morning walk...and the further you go along the promenade the better as it does eventually disappear into an open beach area and I'm pretty sure if you go left it's the same but more of a distance away. One suggestion would be to ask a local dog owner they always know the best place for a dog walk. I would say that most of the beaches have a bit of hill/slope to go up and down in the Sheringham/Cromer area (trust me when I say Norfolk is not flat :roll: in places :wink: ) If you visit Holt with your Doodle...a really lovely little town nearby with individual shops (classy and lot's of wealth around) you could check out "Holt Country Park" for a walk (ask someone) it's only about a mile away and really lovely and fairly on the flat it has carved sculptures dotted around and crazy things made from wood ideal for the photographer :wink: and good for Doodle's. I think someone has already mentioned Sheringham Park that's a National Trust site with good footpaths but maybe a little bit up and down. If I think of anything else I'll post again..
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Re: Anyone recommend places in norfolk?

Post by cjp » 30 Aug 2013, 21:20

Glad you found somewhere suitable, hope you have a fantastic week!! Shame you are not there the same week as us. We love the area and would actually like to move there.

Carol and Millie Doodle

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Post by techiebabe » 30 Aug 2013, 22:45

Great! I do realise it wont all be flat but hubby can do the morning walks :-)

Also, meant to say, I love the Kitchen at parties sig quote, tho it always gives me an earworm :-)

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