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Best village for access to coast and Norwich?

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Best village for access to coast and Norwich?

We would like visit both area, but my DH is reluctant to do day trips from Norwich city.

We would like to stay in a village that has walking distances to pubs/restaurants.

I looked at Alysham.

We will be staying four nights in Bury St Edmonds.

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1. Re: Best village for access to coast and Norwich?

Hi again,

Aylsham is a small town rather than a village but don't let that put you off.

http://www.discoveraylsham.org/

I would find it difficult to rule out any of the towns with the possible exception of Wroxham which has sprouted lots of tourist shops riding on the success of the boat hire businesses in the town.

Fakenham would be a good base for visiting Little Walsingham and Great Walsingham, as well as Sandringham, Holkham Hall. But it is on a slower road into Norwich.

Happy planning, you seem to be enjoying it!!

Bob

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2. Re: Best village for access to coast and Norwich?

Yes I LOVE planning trips! :-) It is 8 degrees Fahrenheit here today in Atlanta, SO I am on a planning marathon!!!

I was reading through some posts here, and saw some recs for Sheringham.

We really want to visit Norwich, but want to day trips easily.

BTW, what is the difference between a town and a village, says a curious Yank?

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3. Re: Best village for access to coast and Norwich?

Hi,

Best I can to distinguish the two!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Village

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Town#United_Kingdom

In my opinion, Sheringham is a nice coastal town with a few great shops. However it would be pretty dismal if it was raining. Also Tesco (a bit like Walmart) have recently opened a store and I wonder what the effect on local shops will be. There is some nice coast and The North Norfolk Railway with some steam trains. You can also get a train from Sheringham to Cromer and on to Norwich but I have no idea of the frequency. Sheringham Park is a nice relaxing stroll.

Look at National Trust for details of some of the Houses open to the public

www.nationaltrust.org.uk

Bob

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4. Re: Best village for access to coast and Norwich?

Wikipedia says "A town is a human settlement larger than a village but smaller than a city. The size definition for what constitutes a "town" varies considerably in different parts of the world".

I would say when you drive into a village you just KNOW it is a village, but hard to say why. Its probably a village when, as you are driving OUT the village, you say "was that it".

A village probably has only one church (or maybe none), one shop (or maybe none), and one pub (or maybe none), but there are some villages that have no church, no shops and maybe 3 pubs.

Basically there is usually more to do in a town than a village (but not always!)

A "small" town probably has a "High Street" (main shopping street) with a few shops in it, probably 2 or 3 pubs, maybe a community hall, and so on.

Some towns can get quite large, but they have to get permission from the government before they can call themselves a city.

Swindon is a town but has a population of 185,000 whereas St Davids in Wales is a city, yet only has a population of 1,767 (mainly because it has a cathedral).

So it is a little confusing.

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5. Re: Best village for access to coast and Norwich?

I'd say that a town is large enough to support a range of high street shops and services. A village hopefully has at least one pub, may have a general store, but won't have a row of banks, estate agents,shoe shops etc. If it holds a market, I think it becomes a town, but of course markets are less common than they used to be anyway. There may be places that call themselves towns or villages which a passer by would expect to be in the other category!

sorry - everyone else posted the same while I was still editing my post!

Edited: 07 January 2014, 17:11
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6. Re: Best village for access to coast and Norwich?

I would definitely consider Sheringham. I thoroughly enjoyed visiting the place, although it was several years ago and may have changed now!

Edited: 07 January 2014, 17:28
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7. Re: Best village for access to coast and Norwich?

Sheringham is a good town to choose [even though I was born there!], but there is nothing wrong with Aylsham either.

Sheringham is a larger by a few thousand people, and will have more choice of accommodation and restaurants. It has hourly trains to Norwich, and the journey takes an hour, going along the coast to Cromer, then inland, and through some of the Norfolk Broads but as you are hiring a car this will not make much difference.

Aylsham will be more central, although the routes north and south [to the coast and Norwich] are fine - those east and west are not so good, but you may find this wherever you choose.

Maybe choose the town which has the best accommodation for you, and work around the logistics later?

I found this blog from someone who stayed in Norwich & Aylsham, which may help you -

…blogspot.co.uk/2012/03/days1-2-england-sydn…

Edited: 07 January 2014, 18:22
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8. Re: Best village for access to coast and Norwich?

A couple of years ago we stayed in Burnham Market which was a delightful village, close to coast and country with a selection of pubs and restaurants. Some of the beaches nearby are gorgeous and there is tons to see and do locally.

We stayed in the Vine House which is connected to the Hoste Arms in the heart of the village. Check out the reviews elsewhere on TA.

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9. Re: Best village for access to coast and Norwich?

I am a fan of Burnham Market, indeed I spend much of the year there, but it is not ideal since it is difficult to get to Norwich from there by public transport. As others have said Sheringham, or Cromer would be ideal, and both have the big advantage of being on the route of the Coasthopper bus service allowing exploration of virtually the whole of the North Norfolk Coast. But personally would not rule out Wroxham for your particular requirements. The name of Wroxham actually includes two villages, Wroxham itself is south of the River Bure, and the adjoining village of Hoveton (pronounced Hofton) is north of the river. The station is (correctly) called Hoveton and Wroxham, and is actually in Hoveton. Whilst Wroxham is commercialised and hardly a typical Norfolk village, it does have lots of opportunities for trips on the Norfolk Broads. It also has a terminus station on the Bure Valley narrow gauge railway which runs to Aylsham, and is obviously closer to Norwich than the coastal towns.

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10. Re: Best village for access to coast and Norwich?

Out of interest how are you getting to Bury?

I am only asking because every couple of hours there is a bus from Bury St Edmunds to Brandon, well somewhere near Norwich on the x1 First bus express service down to Great Yarmouth and Kings Lynn if you wanted it but that would be via Norwich on that one. It's there if you need it.