Brancaster and Brancaster Staithe on the North Norfolk Coast are top spots for sailing, coastal walking, golf and birdwatching on the North Norfolk Coast. Base yourself right in the heart of the North Norfolk Heritage Coast and stay in a Brancaster holiday cottage or B&B near a Top 100 UK Golf Course, the coastal Royal West Norfolk Golf Club. Brancaster accommodation is perfect for birdwatching holidays, situated ideally close to one of the most popular birdwatching sites in East Anglia – RSPB Titchwell Marsh, just off the scenic A149 coast road.
You’re treading in some famous deck shoes in the area for here at Brancaster and the Burnhams is where Admiral Lord Nelson learnt to sail around the challenging creeks on the coast. There’s easy access on to the North Norfolk Coast Path National Trail and other Brancaster highlights include a selection of award-winning inns serving up delicious seafood and fine Norfolk ales. Acclaimed Brancaster pub The Jolly Sailors, an 18th Century freehouse inn has its own on-site Brewery. Stay in the North Norfolk coast’s premier golf, sailing and birdwatching location and book Brancaster accommodation now.
Sailing in Brancaster & Brancaster Staithe
Brancaster has a spectacular beach (visitors should note the beach road is subject to flooding at high tide) and the nearby fishing village of Brancaster Staithe is where you’ll find the National Trust’s Brancaster Millennium Activity Centre. A wide choice of courses and activities for adults and children are available at the centre including art courses, wildlife tours and sailing. The activity centre overlooks the stunning harbour and saltmarshes at Brancaster Staithe and visitors can access the Norfolk Coast Path National Trail direct from here.
Brancaster Staithe is a popular location for watersports on the North Norfolk Coast. Sea schools and activity centres in the area offer a range of RYA courses in sailing and powerboating in the sheltered waters around Scolt Head Island nature reserve. Equipment and clothing are also available to hire. Fishing trips and boat charter are also widely available around Brancaster Staithe harbour.
RSPB Titchwell Marsh
RSPB Titchwell Marsh near Brancaster is one of Norfolk’s most popular birdwatching sites. The Titchwell Marsh trail runs for two miles through freshwater marshes down to the beach, with detours off to bird hides en-route. The long sandy beach contains the remains of an old forest and a World War II tank.
The Titchwell Marsh is a unique area in Britain. In January 1953 this stretch of coast in the east of England was devastated by flooding. The natural disaster claimed 300 lives and was caused by a combined tidal surge, storm and high tide. Since the disaster the area has reverted to saltmarsh.
A mecca for birdwatchers, Titchwell Marsh features marsh harriers in summer and across the lagoons visitors can expect to see many terns, avocets and gulls. Wading birds, ducks and geese flock here in winter. An RSPB shop, the Feeding Station cafe, children’s nature trails and guided tours are all available onsite. RSPB Titchwell Marsh Nature Reserve is clearly signposted off the A149 coast road.
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