Norfolk, or ‘Big Sky Country’ as it is affectionately known, is the perfect destination at this time of year for an autumn/winter road trip. With beautiful countryside views and seaside towns to enjoy throughout the day and fabulous country pubs and restaurants to indulge and relax in at night, our guide to the Norfolk Coast Road will help you plan a visit to remember.
Our road trip is based in East Anglia, known for being one of the driest and sunniest places in the UK – and one of the flattest too. This UK road trip idea takes you round the Norfolk coast from Great Yarmouth to Hunstanton, following the A149 the whole way. Before setting off from Great Yarmouth, why not take a stroll on Britannia pier, which dates back to 1858, and try your hand at some of the amusements on offer.
Head north from the bright lights of Great Yarmouth on the A149 towards the wetland landscape of The Broads. Take our Broads Adventure Atlas if you plan to stop and explore – or take to the water. The road eventually rejoins the coast at the more relaxed seaside resort of Cromer. The town is arguably most famous for its iconic crabs, so what better way to spend your time than in The Jetty Café which many locals say offers the best crab salad for miles around. Once you’ve sampled the delights of Cromer, get back onto the A149 and head west along the coast. Our next suggested road trip stop is Cley next the Sea, a village that is well-known for its pottery. A visit to the Made in Cley Gallery is definitely not to be missed, it’s one-off pieces of pottery are truly unique.
If the wildlife of Blakeney and the charms of Wells-next-the-Sea don’t detain you, the next stop on this road trip could be Holkham beach. This is a wonderful spot to stretch your legs and take in the beauty of the North Norfolk coast, with the beach stretching for 4 miles. An alternative beach stop is Brancaster, where the beach car park is a little more accessible, and there are more amenities on offer. The west-facing resort of Hunstanton is the perfect place to end this road trip, especially near the end of the day when you might get one of the magnificent sunsets.
Helpful maps for your road trip could be the East Anglia A-Z Road Map (for planning), the East Anglia Regional Road Atlas, or the Norfolk A-Z County Atlas which provides both road mapping and street mapping of the various stop-offs along the way.
If you’re headed towards Norfolk or just off on a road trip of your own, send us in a picture of you on your travels with your A-Z guide and we’ll send you a discount code to be redeemed on your next purchase.