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North Norfolk by Train

When planning a staycation, we cannot wait to head to the coast and take in the sea air, if sand between your toes isn’t for you there are other ways to get some fresh air and see the sights. Often a family favourite is taking a boat to see the seascapes or the huge colonies of seals.
Another of our top tips for a day out for a lovely treat is a day out on the tracks with a train ride, from light gauge railway to beautiful steam trains which visit historic towns and villages. There is nothing like the toot of the engine whilst looking out at the countryside or sea views.
We are so lucky to have a variety of things to do within the area, noted below are a few of the trains and boat trips within the area.

Train Rides

North Norfolk Railway
With many events on throughout the year, the North Norfolk Railway also known as the Poppyline runs from The Georgian town of Holt and follows the scenic coastline to the pretty sea side town of Sheringham. You can hop on and off as many times as you like throughout the day with a return journey ticket. The sights and smells of the steam railways is a wonderful experience for the young and old. Some special event to look out for is the 1940’s weekend late September and The Norfolk Lights Express from November to January.

Wells and Walsingham Light Railway
The worlds smallest public railway which runs in the main season from March to November with some dates in the February half term. A great half hour journey through the beautiful countryside from Walsingham to the seaside town of Wells

Boat Trips

Curlew Coastal Charters – Wells
Take a tour from Wells harbour on the Lucy Lavers or Ernest Tom Neathercoat, both ex lifeboats. You can choose which experience you would like: a 1.5-hour history tour, an hour sightseeing tour or push the boat our and book your own private charter! A beautiful way to see the coastline and wildlife along the way and maybe glean some interesting facts too! Prices start from as little as £10.

Wells Harbour Tours – Wells
A way to explore the sights and sounds of Wells, boat trips run from March to October weather permitting. The trips take you along the coast with views of the beaches, salt marshes and harbour, a range of options with as little as a 30-minute tour or why not a lovely relaxing sunset tour to catch the golden hour – a photography dream

The Coastal Exploration Company – Wells
Boat trips designed to reconnect with nature and recharge the spirit.
These traditional wooden sail boats are a beautiful way to explore the coast, sail through the changing channels and creeks of Wells and Warham salt marshes. Sail out to sea and take in the wonderful views from Wells to Scolt Head Island or revive the soul and go wild swimming, swim with the tide through the creeks. There are many other sailing experiences to choose from foraging, culinary, sea school or relax and recharge.

Bishops Boats – Blakeney
A wonderful experience to see one of the largest seal colonies in their natural environment basking on Blakeney point. The area is managed by The National Trust and is in an area of outstanding natural beauty. Tickets for the trip must be booked in advance and collected no later than 45 minutes before the sailing time from Blakeney quay. Seal trip to Blakeney point, the trips start from Easter

Beans Boat Trips – Morston

Head to Morston quay and take the hour-long boat trip through the creek and out into the harbour to Blakeney point. The seal colonies are a mixture of Grey and Common seals the Grey seal have their babies between November and January and the Common seals June and August. The number of Grey seals have expanded with up to 15,000 seals during breeding season including around 5,000 seal pups. The crew are very knowledgeable and share information about the colony and other birds and wildlife during your trip.

Searles Sea Tours – Hunstanton
Searles Sea Tours run two famous amphibious vehicles which take you down Hunstanton beach into the sea, a fun experience for all the family. These Wash Monsters have a range of trips, from coastal views, shipwreck to seal trips ranging from 20 minutes to 1-hour trips. Prices start from only £10.00

Kings Lynn Ferry
A public transport passenger ride which runs from the historic centre of Kings Lynn to West Lynn. The ferry is ideal for commuters or a way to park out of town to avoid any traffic and have a sea trip on the way. The service runs between 7am and 6pm and cost as little at £2.30 adult return