The top spots for watching the sunset in North Norfolk

Ok, the sun sets in the West, but no matter what time of year it is, there's no excuse not to catch it dipping beyond the horizon if you're on the North Norfolk coast.

North Norfolk has been a British seaside destination for East Midlanders and East Anglians for more than a century but is still relatively unblemished by the modern world-mobile signal is temperamental, the roads are narrow and windy and life goes at a much slower pace. Perfect.

Taking the A149 from King's Lynn to Cromer, past Sandringham, there are some beautiful coastal villages with pretty pubs and stunning walks. Timed just right, you can catch the dramatic sunsets as they colour the sky across the marshes and sand dunes.

If you're planning to do just that, check the tides before you venture out and remember your torch.

You could honestly stop anywhere along the road to watch the sunset and there are so many opportunities - from silhouetted windmills to flocks of seabirds; Here are a few highlights

Thornham sunset


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Thornham is arguably the most picturesque village on the coast and has a couple of lovely pubs (with gin menus) so is becoming increasingly popular in the evening.

The marshes give a really dramatic view of the sea and sunset and are easily accessible if you're less mobile or don't fancy a long walk.

Walk for about five minutes along the public footpath (which is part of the coastal path) and find a lovely spot to watch the sun go down.

Burnham Overy Staithe

Burnham Overy Staithe

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Burnham-Overy-Staithe one's for the more adventurous explorer but is well worth the effort. 

It's about a mile walk from the road along the coast path to the beach but there are some wonderful spots for taking photos along the way and spotting wildlife. 

It's quite a flat route, so easily walkable if you have children or dogs with you, although it can be strenuous on little legs. 

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Couple Wells-next-the-Sea with a night camping at Pinewoods and fish and chips from French's and you have the perfect North Norfolk night under the stars.

The dunes at Wells are a beautiful spot to watch the sun go down if the tide's out (and if not, find somewhere along the edge of the pinewoods). 

Take a bottle of something fizzy with you and enjoy the best that the coastline has to offer. Much better than another night in front of the TV.

Megan is the owner of Rural Roots Media, specialising in rural tourism, where her passion for travel, heritage and a great visitor experience inspired her to start 'The Rural Travel Guide'.

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