When you live near something that people visit as tourists, it’s quite easy to forget what draws people to that place at all, as you take it for granted. We all know stories, we’d imagine, of people who live near Alton Towers, the London Eye, Snowdon or the Giant’s Causeway and yet rarely, if ever, visit.
Human nature perhaps?
It’s something that applies to us at The Old Hall, Caister. We have some of the finest tourist attractions nationally near us – the Norfolk Broads, seals at Horsey, a magnificent coastline and yet do we fully utilise and appreciate these?
We think it’s about time we did, as the local paper has reminded us all this week.
The headlines about Norfolk this week have been all about the coastal water – and how clean it is.
A vast expanse of the North Sea, from the edge of The Wash at Cromer to Great Yarmouth have all been classified with an Environment Agency top ranking of “excellent”. This is not a seasonal flash in the pan either – the data and classification is drawn from the past four years, since 2015.
Six specific beaches in close proximity to the Old Hall Caister have the accolade of this highest rating.
In no particular order, these are:
- Caister (a short stroll from our hotel and spa).
- Hemsby (a walk north along the beach)
- Great Yarmouth (head south, with Scroby Sands wind turbines to your left)
- Hopton (which would involve crossing the Yare to Gorleston and a 2 mile stretch along one of the finest beaches at Gorleston)
- Lowestoft – north beach – you’ll see the easterly landmark of the wind turbine Gulliver, if you’re feeling adventurous with a walk – or you can drive for around 25 minutes from the hotel along Lawn Avenue and the A47 (formerly know as the A12).
- Lowestoft – south beach – over Bascule Bridge, in the area around Claremont Pier.
Now don’t go in the sea expecting hot tub temperatures or that of our indoor pool! But you can paddle or swim in there, safe in the knowledge that the water is clean, in fact the highest quality you’ll find in England.
It’s not just our stretch in east Norfolk and north Suffolk that have won plaudits. The highly regarded coastline of north Norfolk with its honeypot villages and handsome towns are lauded too – Cromer was rated as excellent (a lovely day out too and not just for its water and pier) and Hunstanton is rated as “good”, closer to King’s Lynn.
But we would like to repeat the news that six beaches near us – including Caister, where we’re based, are “excellent.”
Another great reason to book a short break or longer staycation with us at The Old Hall, Caister.
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