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10 reasons I love Norfolk

PUBLISHED: 12:06 28 April 2018 | UPDATED: 12:32 28 April 2018

Alison Croose, who lists 10 reasons she loves Norfolk. Picture: Ian Burt

Alison Croose, who lists 10 reasons she loves Norfolk. Picture: Ian Burt

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King’s Lynn Festival will be supporting Norfolk Day on Friday, July 27.

Derrick Tooke from Silver Fins of Dereham with a fresh Cromer Crab and Lobster.

Picture: James BassDerrick Tooke from Silver Fins of Dereham with a fresh Cromer Crab and Lobster. Picture: James Bass

Its chairman Alison Croose lists 10 reasons why she loves our county.

1. The North Norfolk coast and its vast sandy beaches where you can paddle for miles and often see seals. Favourite spots are Old Hunstanton and Brancaster.

Peddars Way, one of Norfolk's many paths. Picture: Matthew UsherPeddars Way, one of Norfolk's many paths. Picture: Matthew Usher

2. The vast skies, especially when you can watch magnificent sunsets across the Wash from West Norfolk – the only stretch of the England’s East coast where the sun sets over the sea.

3. Bird reserves – Snettisham, Titchwell, Cley and Welney – where it is possible to see a huge variety of birds throughout the year.

The Pink Footed Geese fly over Snettisham RSPB reserve at as the sun rises. Picture Matt UsherThe Pink Footed Geese fly over Snettisham RSPB reserve at as the sun rises. Picture Matt Usher

4. The many footpaths – particularly the coast path which links up with Peddars Way, Weavers Way and Angles Way to create a great walk round the county.

5. Music festivals - especially King’s Lynn Festival which enjoys national and international renown for the quality and breadth of its two-week programme staged each July.

The Royal Family leave Christmas Morning Service at Sandringham Church. Picture: Paul John BayfieldThe Royal Family leave Christmas Morning Service at Sandringham Church. Picture: Paul John Bayfield

6. King’s Lynn with its rich and fascinating history and its many beautiful historic buildings. No matter long you live in West Norfolk there are always more intriguing facts to discover at the various attractions which bring Lynn’s history to life.

7. The Royal estate at Sandringham with its country park and the variety of events staged there including the Flower Show, country fair and carriage-driving championships. At Christmas Sandringham offers the unique opportunity to see a large gathering of the Royal Family attend church.

8. West Norfolk offers a great variety of delightful pubs, restaurants and cafes by the sea and in the countryside offering local delicacies such as Cromer crab and samphire.

9. The delightful scent of Norfolk Lavender never fails to please. It can be enjoyed in the grounds of the Heacham-based company but thrives equally well in the garden.

10. There are few places in Britain where it’s possible to enjoy the haunting sight and sound of skeins of pink-footed geese flying over your home. Sometimes thousands fill the sky as they move between the mudflats of the Wash and farmers’ fields. They are a joy to behold.

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