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Holkham National Nature Reserve

Located in an Area of Outstanding National Beauty (AONB), Holkham National Nature Reserve, stretches from Burnham Norton in the west to Blakeney in the east and covers about 3,706 hectares. Most of the area can be explored by following footpaths from the main car parks, one of which is the Beach Road car park next to Pinewoods. The main part of the reserve, from Wells to Holkham Bay, is criss-crossed by paths allowing access through the extensive pinewoods. The reserve is home to an enormous amount of wildlife, which thrives in the diverse natural habitats of the reserve all year round. The Reserve is subject to a range of designations to protect nature and the NNR Rangers work tirelessly to monitor and look after this incredibly special area of the North Norfolk Coast.

The beach at Holkham is one of the most unspoilt and beautiful stretches of sand in the country. Behind the shoreline lies a semi-circular basin, which at very high tides, rapidly fills to form a spectacular shallow lagoon. From Pinewoods, Holkham Beach is about a two mile walk westwards along the edge of the woods or on the edge of the beach. By road, access Holkham Beach via Lady Anne’s Drive on the A149 opposite The Victoria Inn.

Dogs under close supervision and control are welcome but please remember to clean up after your dog using the dog waste bins provided. Additional restrictions are put in place during the breeding bird season to protect this internationally important breeding area.

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