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Flex those muscles
Drier and sunnier than the West Country, North Norfolk is made for getting active in the great outdoors.
The best way to experience the beauties of this area is to walk or cycle, which is why we have a section devoted to each. It’s excellent exercise, it’s free and you can discover your own hidden gems.
Walsingham is lucky to have its own riding stables. The North Norfolk Riding Centre offers lessons for all ages from beginners upwards, with hacking in the glorious countryside that surrounds the village. Occasional rides at Holkham for experienced riders only. Call Sarah Noakes on 01328 820933 to book.
Since we’re just four miles from the sea, why not take out a boat? Oceanus offers excellent sailing and powerboat tuition in the safety and natural beauty of the harbour at Wells-next-the-Sea, just four miles north of Walsingham.
If you have your own boat, contact Wells Sailing Club for events and races. www.wellssailingclub.co.uk Wells is tidal so check out the tide times and local weather on the Wells Harbour website www.wellsharbour.co.uk
Wells is one of the few remaining commercial ports on the North Norfolk coastline, with many crab boats still putting to sea daily. Norfolk Sea Fishing is a family-run charter fishing business that offers fishing trips for Bass, Tope and Cod, plus short Mackerel trips for novices or families wanting to introduce children to the joys of Norfolk sea fishing.
Further along the coast road, the Sail Craft Sea School in Brancaster Staithe also offers sail training and hire of dinghies, windsurfers, powerboats, canoes, with all clothing, chandlers and equipment.
Brancaster Staithe Sailing Club is at the forefront of dinghy sailing, offering some of the best sailing and facilities on the Norfolk coast. Races every weekend Easter and October.
Squash / Tennis / Golf
If you want to play squash or tennis, or play a round of golf, the nearest place is Fakenham Racecourse. www.fakenhamracecourse.co.uk The Royal West Norfolk Golf Course, located in Brancaster, is well regarded. For more info visit: http://www.top100golfcourses.co.uk/htmlsite/productdetails.asp?id=77
If you fancy a swim and the sea is too cold, you can swim at the pool at Alderman Peel High School in Wells, at weekends and through school holidays.
The pool at Splash Leisure and Fitness Centre in Sheringham is a classic 25m family fun pool with wave machine and 150ft waterslide, great for fun but no good for serious exercise.
For good lane swimming, try the 25m pool at Pinewood Leisure Park, just past Holt on the A148 towards Cromer.