North Norfolk is a region which boasts vast swathes of unspoilt countryside, marshes, woodland and lakes. This natural beauty can be enjoyed in one of North Norfolk's many stunning country parks, from the Queen's country residence at Sandringham, to the beautiful landscape park and gardens of Sheringham Park.
In this week's Heacham Manor blog we've put together a short list of what we think are the most beautiful country parks in Norfolk.
First opened to the public in 1968, the Royal's favourite residence boasts a country park fit for a king. Originally limited to 142 hectares, Sandringham has since been enlarged to 243 hectares for the British public to enjoy all year round.
Visitors to Sandringham can explore this vast country park on two waymarked nature trails as well as through a whole host of woodland parks. Whichever route you choose, and whatever time of year you visit, Sandringham is always a joy to discover and explore.
Sandringham Park is open every day, and there is no charge for entry or parking.
The Green Flag award winning Holt Country Park is a beautiful, peaceful woodland, shaded by Scots pines and native broadleaves. There are natural treasures to be enjoyed throughout the year at Holt, from orchids, butterflies and dragonflies in the summer, to the snowdrops of winter. The fertile woodland is home to a rich array of other wildlife including Spotted Woodpeckers, deer and Goldcrests.
The Holt Country Park woodland encompasses some 100 acres of natural beauty, and plays host to a number of events and activities all year round. Entry to the Park is free, and parking is available at £1.50 per day.
Located just outside Sheringham, Pretty Corner Woods is another Green Flag award winning area of natural beauty. The woods are situated in one of the few hilly areas of Norfolk between Holt and Cromer, making them a great place to explore, as well as offering up some stunning views of the sea and surrounding countryside.
Pretty Corner Woods is home to many different plant and animal species, and is a particularly good place for bird watching. At various points throughout the year, you might be lucky enough to spot Woodpeckers, Bullfinches, Kingfishers and Buzzards residing at Pretty Corner Woods, or just passing through.
Entry to the Pretty Corner Woods is free, as are the two car parks situated at either end of the woods.
Owned by the National Trust and designed by the renowned landscape designer Humphry Repton, Sheringham Park is perhaps the most beautiful public park in all Norfolk.
There are over 1000 acres of stunning countryside for visitors to enjoy at Sheringham, including woods, parkland and cliff tops, as well as the famous display of rhododendrons and azaleas. The viewing towers and 192 step Gazebo provide breathtaking views of the surrounding Norfolk landscape, allowing you to see far out to sea, and as far as Wells-next-the-Sea on a clear day.
Sheringham Park is also home to a diverse array of wildlife, including Firecrest (the UK's smallest bird), White Admiral butterflies and the Barbastelle, a rare species of bat.
The park is open free of charge to the public throughout the year, although you will have to pay to use the car park.
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