Building Facade, Walsingham

Flex those muscles

Drier and sunnier than the West Country, North Norfolk is made for getting active in the great outdoors.

Horse ridingThe 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.

Horse Riding

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.

Boating

Since we’re so close to the sea, it’s a great opportunity to learn to handle a boat. Norfolk Etc at Morston is the closest place for sailing and powerboat tuition for all ages, in the safety and natural beauty of Blakeney harbour, just 20 minutes away on the coast north-east of Walsingham.

Boats at Blakeney, NorfolkIf you have your own boat, you could contact Wells Sailing Club for events and races and to find out where to launch.

The coast here is strongly tidal and weather can change swiftly, so you should check the tide times and local weather carefully. The Wells Harbour website is a mine of useful info  www.wellsharbour.co.uk

Wells is one of the few remaining commercial ports on the North Norfolk coastline. A busy working port for the offshore wind industry, there are also crab and fishing boats 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.

A little further afield, Brancaster Staithe Sailing Club is at the forefront of dinghy sailing, offering some of the best sailing and facilities on the Norfolk coast. Races through the season at weekends from Easter to October.

Squash / Tennis / Golf

If you want to play squash or tennis, or play a round of golf, the nearest place is Fakenham Racecourse.

Founded in 1982, The Royal West Norfolk Golf Club, in Brancaster, is among the world’s most highly regarded courses. For more info visit: www.top100golfcourses.co.uk

Boy swimming

Swimming

If you fancy a swim and the tide is wrong and the sea is too cold, you can swim at the pool at Alderman Peel High School in Wells both in and out of term time. Morning and evening lane swimming is available as well as the fitness suite, and private hire. Check the website for details.

The pool at Splash Leisure and Fitness Centre in Sheringham is a classic 25m family fun pool with wave machine and 150ft waterslide, and offers swimming lessons for all ages.

For more lane swimming, try the 25m pool at Woodlands Leisure, just past Holt on the A148 towards Cromer.