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Are you looking for the perfect great British countryside escape? Then Norfolk is the perfect place for you! Located just a few hours from London and only a couple of hours from my hometown in Essex, you can’t miss it.
I spent 2 blissful nights glamping in the woods at the Deer’s Glade campsite. Honestly, this is one of my favourite places I have ever, ever stayed. There are a variety of pitches and types of accommodation available but I was in a Mega Pod and to put it simply, It’s pretty much my dream home.
Glamping in Norfolk gives you the chance to experience the great outdoors, as well as the beautiful city of Norwich which I cannot recommend enough! Deer’s Glade is perfectly located close to some of the most beautiful little towns and villages that you absolutely have to check out.
Holt is a small village just a few miles away and is the perfect example of the postcard picture village. It’s tiny but it’s full of quirky alleys and cafes and has a very calming, cake eating, mooching around kind of feel to it. It’s full of those super pretty cosy shops full of loads of homely bits that I love to look at but never actually buy from.
Now for some reason, even though Cromer is famous for Crab, I didn’t actually have some. I’m not sure how this happened but I guess the thought of having anything other than good old Fish n’ Chips was just something I couldn’t handle. I’m a creature of habit sometimes and I just don’t care. But anyway, the beach at Cromer is beautiful! With a lovely pier to walk along and beach huts a bit further down, it’s the stereotypical British seaside which I just love. For me, the seaside is where I can switch off and just enjoy being somewhere.
As the name suggests, Wells isn’t quite right on the sea. The town is actually a mile from open water but it has been used as a port of hundreds of years. The one annoying thing about Norfolk is the cost of parking so time was pretty limited here. To be honest, it is a lovely place but a quick mooch along the water side was enough to get a flavour of the place.
This was my favourite, favourite, FAVOURITE place I visited in North Norfolk. I’m a sucker for a cute animal so when I learnt that they were a colony of Grey Seals at Horsey Beach, there was no way I was going to miss out. And I was not disappointed!
The beach is surrounded by dunes and is absolutely stunning. It looks like it stretches on for miles. It’s one of the cleanest beaches I have seen and the sand was amazingly soft.
From the second I reached the top of the dunes I could see the seals in the water. Their cute little heads popping up and groups of them playing together. I was just amazed that it was so easy to find them. Absolute bliss!
As I had hopped over the dunes, I walked along the beach towards the main colony. I wasn’t sure what to expect from this but there are literally hundreds of them basking in the sun right on the shore. No barriers penning them in. No man-made signs shoved everywhere warning you to not be an idiot and get to close. No huge crowds making lots of noise. Nothing. Just the chance to watch the seals with the respect that animals in their habitats deserve.
Deer’s Glade was just the best place to be based. The forest, the seaside, the wildlife, the tranquillity and of course the price. This was by far one of the cheapest places to go Glamping that I have come across, which probably explains why I’m well behind on doing this. So it doesn’t have a hot tub like some places do, but you just don’t need that here. There’s the chance to explore in comfort but not to be so sheltered from nature. It was perfect!