An Unspoilt Haven

THE stunning beach at Winterton is a haven for wildlife and holidaymakers alike. The sandy shore stretches for miles, uninterrupted by the amusements that characterise other resorts further along the coast.

Yet it is far from isolated. A two or three minute walk from the centre of the old village brings you right to the sand. Or you can head through the beautiful dunes nature reserve, home to natterjack toads and other rare flora and fauna.

Perfect for traditional bucket and spade holidays with the children, it is also a sanctuary for those seeking a break away from the crowds at any time of year.

In summer the beach hosts the UK's largest colony of little terns - a rare seabird that flies in from West Africa to nest. A small section of the beach is cordoned off and teams of volunteers protect them from predators. Wardens are often on hand to talk to the public.

Then in the depths of winter grey seals come ashore between Winterton and Horsey to have their pups. Visitors have described the sight of hundreds of seals as overwhelming.

Seeing the sun rise out of the sea on the summer solstice is an experience not to be missed and even in the winter the famous Norfolk big skies can put on a stunning show at sunset.

Dogs are allowed on the beach all year round.

© 2016 Tina and Peter Robins



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