Six Reasons to Visit Norfolk

If you have never visited Norfolk, in the east of England, it’s time to bump it up your travel wish-list.

The county is home to The Norfolk Broads, countless beautiful beaches, pretty market towns and the vibrant regional capital, Norwich city.

During the summer I posted about the Norfolk Trails competition for photographers to get out and about and capture the beauty of the county and showcase what they really treasure about Norfolk. The competition was created to encourage both locals and visitors to explore the Norfolk Trails network which includes long and short walks, circular routes, cycle paths and bridle ways, amounting to more than 1200 miles.

Norfolk Trails Sara Hardman Travels

‘A trip to the seaside (Last light on Cromer Pier)’ by Gail Sparks on Norfolk Coast Path

After hundreds of beautiful submissions the judges have selected their six favourite photos of the county trails – from Paston way on the coast to Angles Way on the Norfolk\Suffolk border. Each entrant was able to submit five photos.

Norfolk Trails Sara Hardman Travels

‘Burnham Overy Staithe’ by Gary Pearson on Norfolk Coast Path

All photo entries were presented to the judges anonymously, which resulted in two of the entrants having two of their entries chosen for the final.

Norfolk Trails Sara Hardman Travels

Redgrave Fen Winter Sun’ by Ruth Grindrod on Angles Way

The judges were Brian Hannah, Chairman of Norfolk County Council, Nigel Pickover, Eastern Daily Press and Norwich Evening News Editor and David Yates, Norfolk County Council’s Senior Trails Officer.

Norfolk Trails Sara Hardman Travels

‘Thornham Quay and the old coal barn’ by Gary Pearson on Norfolk Coast Path

All entries have been added to the official Norfolk Trails Treasure Flickr Group for everyone to enjoy, while the four finalists will now see their images go to a public vote for a chance to win prizes including the winning photo being made into a canvas print.

Norfolk Trails Sara Hardman Travels

‘Sundown’ by Gail Sparks on Weavers’ Way

This post features the six finalist entries, to vote for your favourite go to First, second and third place will be awarded on Tuesday 14th october.

Norfolk Trails Sara Hardman

‘Hunstanton Glow’ by Matthew Dartford on the Norfolk Coast Path


  • If you haven’t visited Norfolk, it’s well worth a trip. If you have visited and have a favourite place, please let me know where it is and what you recommend.

8 thoughts on “Six Reasons to Visit Norfolk

  1. Gorgeous place! Great post, I’ve just looked at the Flickr page and want to vote but they are all stunning!

    1. I know, I have been looking at the gallery and I like them all. Feeling very lucky to have this on the doorstep. Thanks for your comment 🙂

  2. I’ve only been to Norfolk a couple of times. Once was an overnight stay in Norwich (which I thought was beautiful) and the other time was staying near Ipswich. On each occasion it was work related so I didn’t have much opportunity to take in the area.

    I keep saying I need to go though as everyone raves about how beautiful the Norfolk Broads are.

    This looks like a fabulous competition and what stunning entries. I really need to learn how to use my camera more effectively and I’m determined to master photo editing software.

    Well done to all the finalists for some amazing pictures.

    1. The Broads are incredible and great fun in the summer. I’m glad you liked Norwich. The countryside looks fantastic from any of the Norfolk Trails. Definitely worth a trip if you’re in the area again 🙂

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