All Aboard! King’s Lynn to Titchwell
We couldn’t be prouder of our brilliant Coasthopper service which runs all the way from King’s Lynn to Cromer – an opportunity to enjoy more than 44 miles along our pretty North Norfolk coastline with someone else at the wheel. We are even more fortunate that the service stops outside The Lodge in Old Hunstanton and Briarfields in Titchwell, making it the perfect way to reach us from London, via King’s Lynn.
There’s tons to see en route too, and it’s definitely worth stretching your legs in King’s Lynn if you’re letting the train take the strain to North Norfolk. Once one of England’s biggest ports, the 15th century Customs House is one of the town’s iconic landmarks. You can spot a statue of explorer Captain George Vancouver – after whom the town’s modern shopping centre is named – nearby. Born in 1757, he charted the coasts of Alaska, British Columbia, Washington and Oregon in his short 41 years, not bad for a King’s Lynn boy.
Jump on the Coasthopper and the first stop is Heacham, famous for being Europe’s largest village and its village sign, which bears the face of Pocahontas who was married to villager John Rolfe. Stop off and visit Norfolk Lavender, which grew and harvested the purple stuff from 1932-2009 – learn about the site at the distillery museum and tour the pretty gardens.
Travel on to Hunstanton, colloquially known as ‘Sunny Hunny’ as it is the only East coast seaside town with a west-facing sunset. Wander beyond the amusements towards the end of town and head down the slope to see its multi-coloured cliffs and rock pools
From here it’s only a short walk (or hop back on the Coasthopper) to Old Hunstanton with its idyllic sand dunes, beach huts and golf course. Now we’re obviously biased but Old Hunstanton has to be one of the best spots to enjoy a quintessential Norfolk coastal moment, and when you’re in need of refreshment The Lodge is the place to head.
Whether it’s just coffee and cake, a fantastic family meal or Sunday roast, with a fantastic wine list, tap beers and craft ales on offer too, there’s always a warm welcome and a comfortable bed to sleep.
Next stop on the Coasthopper is Holme next the Sea, but one of our favourite walks is actually from The Lodge along the Norfolk Coast Path to the village, where the Peddars Way meets.
Head on through Thornham to Titchwell and spend an afternoon exploring RSPB Titchwell, a nature reserve teeming with birds, wildlife, pools and truly stunning scenery as far as the eye can see. It’s the perfect spot to leave the world behind and enjoy the tranquility of nature.
Next door, Briarfields is the place to stay and enjoy a taste of Norfolk life – enjoy a meal in the restaurant which centres on local ingredients including seasonal Cromer crab and Brancaster mussels which have virtually no food miles they’re caught so close. Fish and seafood are some of Norfolk’s gems, so be sure to treat yourself. Stay the night before venturing further along the coast – with the Coasthopper at your service there’s every excuse to journey further afield each day before returning to be pampered by Briarfields’ team.