An area of outstanding natural beauty...
The coastal village of Overstrand stands on the north Norfolk coast which is designated as an area of outstanding natural beauty.
The village, which is part of what is sometimes called Poppy Land, offers a sandy beach, shops, post office, public house and hotels, a bus service passes through the village to the neighbouring resort town of Cromer where more comprehensive facilities can be found including the tallest parish church tower in the county, museums, a variety of shops, cinema, galleries and cafes.
There are good transport links via bus and train to Norwich (30 minutes) and onto London (2 hours) and there is a regional airport at Norwich. Sporting facilities include The Royal Cromer Golf Club and Cromer Lawn Tennis and Squash Club which offers some of the finest grass courts in the country. There are opportunities for sailing at Blakeney and on the Norfolk Broads.
With an elegant pier, Pavilion Theatre and grand Victorian villas, many with panoramic views over the pebble and sand beach, it’s easy to see why Cromer has perennial appeal to staycationers and permanent residents alike. Banksy recently visited the town on a headline-making ‘spraycation’ which focused the media’s attention on the east side of the Norfolk coast, and in recent years there has been a regular flow of relocaters from the capital and home counties looking for a life by the sea.
This, in turn, has triggered an ‘on the up’ momentum for the area and seen fabulous start-up businesses breathe new life into the streets surrounding the town centre. Spend a morning exploring the pretty boutiques and follow the lanes towards the seafront to pick up a Cromer crab – widely regarded as one of the best found in English waters, the eight-legged crustacean still provides a major source of income for the town’s fishermen and simply served with bread makes an unbeatable lunch or supper!