A key destination for any visit to the North Norfolk coast, the Brancasters’ offer a wide range of activities and opportunities for all ages. Set in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the villages have been formed around the ‘coast road’ (A149) and can easily be explored by walking the pathways that link them together.
You will find excellent places to eat, offering locally caught produce from the harbour at Brancaster Staithe. Mussels and oysters are real local delicacies, but a special mention goes to samphire which can only be found in Norfolk in the Summer and contains more iron than spinach! Restaurants that are worth a visit include The White Horse, The Jolly Sailors and The Ship Hotel. Brancaster also now offers a village shop, well actually more of a delicatessen with a variety of pastries, cakes and of course your usual necessities you would expect. There is also a Post Office here too, what more could you ask for?
Brancaster beach is famous for its miles of unspoilt golden sand and features spectacular wildlife including seals, waders, skylarks and the odd passing hobby. When the tide is out you can see an old shipwreck, the remains of SS Vina which was used by the RAF for target practice before the Normandy landing. Adjacent to the beach you will find the Royal West Norfolk Golf Club, offering one of the UK’s most challenging links courses. Just make sure you check the high tide times before visiting as the access road can become flooded!
For those looking to explore the surrounding seas and creaks, boats and canoes can be hired from Brancaster Staithe harbour. For the uninitiated, why not begin your sailing with some specialist training with the local experts. In the winter watch the sky fill with migrating pink-footed geese and listen to the incredible sounds they produce. This really is nature at its best!
At the top of the hill behind Brancaster Staithe is Barrow Common – great for dog walking, and the mesmerising views offer fantastic photography and painting opportunities for the artists among us.
Dalegate Market in Burnham Deepdale is an independent retail site offering a selection of permanent and pop up shops, supermarket, petrol station and Deepdale Café. It is also home to two of the major North Norfolk coastal events – Deepdale Christmas Market and Deepdale Spring Market where you will find numerous local artisans and producers selling their wares including crafts and food & drink – perfect for finding those ‘not on the high street’ gifts and produce.