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“Openly Expansive”

Holkham National Nature Reserve
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Owner description: Windswept tidelines, a maze of creeks and saltings, miles of dunes and sandspits, shady pinewoods, green pastures and grazing marshes, the mix of habitats and the blend of wildlife confirm Holkham National Nature Reserve as a unique place.
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
“Openly Expansive”
Reviewed 14 July 2011

After a few visits to St Osyth last weekend was spend camping in Norfolk and visiting the famous Holkham beach.To be honest i was amazed firstly its sheer size then the cleanliness,then the sea it was as crystal clear .The Naturist section is a good 2-3 miles walk and its a relief when the clothes can come off and cooling down can begin.Theres no need to explore the naturist area really as all you have to do is head for the sea and you clock up another mile there and back if the tides out.No one seems to stare even if youre naked on the naturist beach clothed and unclothed seem to get on so well .The only sad thing was getting clothed and remaining clothed until visiting the beach next day.

Visited July 2011
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Milton Keynes
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28 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Wonderful beach - plenty of room to stretch out”
Reviewed 21 June 2011

Holkham beach just goes on for miles and miles. Its an ideal place to take the kite/camera and a picnic. It has to be one of the best beahces in Norfolk, offering you both isolation and serenity. Well worth a visit

Visited July 2010
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rugby
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14 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
“Terrible beach for families”
Reviewed 25 May 2011

Dont be fooled by the guides citing this as one of the best beaches in the UK. It's a disaster for families. Here's why.First of all the very expensive car park lining the avenue of trees. Second, huge walk to the beach, 40 minutes and with kids and gear its a nightmare. Third, the beach itself has very unpleasant sand full of razorfish shells that could harm a childs foot. Preceding this is a very muddy swamp like field which stinks and makes wheel chair use almost impossible. Fourthly, for all that car park money they cant be bothered to offer any facilities at all. So you arrive on the beach and you know how it is, within a few minutes your child wants to go to the toiler. Well its right back past that car park and into the village. You wont see the others again for at least an hour. Terrible place, we wont return.

Visited April 2011
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Watford
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Holkham, Best British Beach 2011”
Reviewed 20 April 2011

Holkham is an absolute delight, we've been going there virtually every year for the past 7 years. It's a little treck from the car park (£2-5 from an hour to all day), but through an easily accessible wooden boardwalk then onto the long and wide shoreline, filled at high tide to form a (shallow) lagoon. The high, grassy dunes are perfect for hide and seek and kite flying and it is easy to spend hours wandering up and down the beach, through the pines and further afield to Wells. A great time to visit is towards sunset when it is almost impossible not to take amazing, atmospheric shots. Across the road from the entrance to the beach is Holkham, ideal for a drink and food after a long day on the beach.

Visited May 2010
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3 Thank Jim M
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London, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
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“Wild, windswept, fantastic!”
Reviewed 21 March 2011

Wild and windswept and certainly fantastic!
If golden empty beaches with magnificent sand dunes, pine trees and stunning skies are your thing then this is for you. You can walk for miles behind the glorious pine trees, view the thousands of geese that winter on the Holkham Marshes, walk over the surreal sand dunes at the end of the trees, right over to the Burnham Overy estuary then back along the sea shore for a truely overall experience of what Holkham Nature Reserve is all about! There are no ice cream sellers/vending machines or anything else to distract, just pure nature, wonderful. Speaking of nature, avoid the naturists in one particular area, easily sign posted and avoided if easily offended! Apart from that, the only things you will meet are a few other people, dogs frolicking in the surf and the occasional horses. The beach does get busy when good weather prevails but not as busy as Wells beach and it is so vast the further up you go the quieter it gets. The seas are usually calm and slope away gently but be aware of sand banks here and there. As mentioned there are no eating establishments along the way so take a picnic and also be aware there are no toilets anywhere except at Wells beach which is a long old walk if you're in a hurry!
As so often seen in the national press, Holkham beach is a hidden gem in North Norfolk and certainly one of Britains best beaches by far. Enjoy!

Visited March 2011
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8 Thank Londoner1967
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