The first thing people think of when you mention North Norfolk, is not a sunny holiday destination. Steve Coogan’s character Alan Partridge has planted the reputation of it being the type of place that would perhaps be host to a show called ‘Mid-Morning Matters.’

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Naff DJs and tractors aside, the North Norfolk coast is actually quite a spectacle in its own right, and thankfully not for all the wrong reasons. Thanks to its sandy long coastline, it has become a destination for people to go and just relax.

If it’s spanning white beaches and fresh seafood you’re after, beaches such as Holkham Beach and Brancaster are well worth the trip. Not to mention the endless picturesque sand dunes, Holkham Beach eventually runs into a pine forest that can be found behind a row of kitsch beach huts. The sand that overlaps into the forest floor gives it a strangely tropical feel. Some of you may have already heard of Holkham due to it being a renowned nudist beach. However, that section of it was recently closed, so for those of you who aren’t fans of bumping into locals in their bare finery, fret not.

Thanks to its new reputation for being a relaxing get away, boutique hotels and gourmet restaurants and pubs have popped up all over the coastline. One boutique hotel that is worth visiting, even if it’s just for coffee or dinner, is Titchwell Manor, which can be found in Brancaster, overlooking the North Sea and marshes. The surrounding walks, some only a stone’s throw away from the beach are perfect for long walks or even bike rides. Brancaster has its own cottage and stone wall charm, but other towns such as Holt offer tea rooms and shopping opportunities for those in need of some retail therapy.

For those on a budget, it’s easy enough to find a quiet place to stay, North Norfolk is also host to plenty of hostels. The award winning Deepdale hosts not only a number of cheap options such as self-catering accommodation, hostels, camping sites and even glamping sites. It’s well worth checking out their helpful website, which offers helpful guidance on how to get to local attractions via cycling and walking.

If you’re up for a boozy, thrill-seeking holiday, perhaps North Norfolk won’t be such a great choice when making holiday plans. However, if you’re in the mood for a beach holiday that’s relaxing, or some twee local towns and walkabouts, it’s worth looking into what’s on offer. But, be wary of jumping straight into the North Sea. Bracing yourself is mandatory.