Ringstead is one of Norfolk’s best kept secrets, choked full of character and history and slightly off of the beaten track but close to the coast and its many attractions. Only a few miles from our Barefoot base in Thornham, our neighbouring village is nestled into an area of beautiful countryside and much of the village has been part of the Hunstanton estate that has been part of the Le Strange family for nearly three centuries. From Ringstead you are only a stone’s throw away from the beaches at Hunstanton, Old Hunstanton, and Holme-next-the-Sea, which offer a completely different day out for their visitors.
Good eating is never far away in Norfolk. The local pub in Ringstead is The Gin Trap, an old coaching inn and pub of grand age and is still a stop-off for walkers nearing the end of the Peddar’s Way.Aside from the Gin Trap, the village also has a pleasant children’s play area, a well-stocked village store and the quirky interior design shop ‘Hidden Treasures’. The nearest rail link can be found in King’s Lynn and frequent trains to London Kings Cross.
The Victorian holiday resort of Hunstanton is the home to the Michelin starred restaurant ‘The Neptune’, a small dining area makes pre-booking essential. Other eating highlights nearby include The Rose & Crown in Snettisham, The Orange Tree and The Lifeboat Inn in Thornham and Titchwell Manor.
The local nature reserve at Ringstead Downs has one of East Anglia’s largest chalk grasslands and is the home for many specialised species of flower and bird. The chalky nature of this area is typified in the numerous chalk pits that existed in many of the inland villages; look out for the many ‘Chalk Pit Lanes’ that pay testament to this industry.