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Sea Palling’s beautiful beaches attract bathers, water-skiers and even seals
Where is Sea Palling?
Sea Palling is less than twenty miles north east of Norwich on the North Norfolk coast. Travelling by road, take the A1151 to Stalham then turn onto the B1151 to Sea Palling.
About Sea Palling
The beach at Sea Palling is one of the most stunning in the county with miles of golden sand stretching in either direction from the village.
The dunes are officially designated Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The sea is made up of shallow bays formed by man-made reefs just off the coast, which makes it safe for bathing and paddling.
Seals can occasionally be seen in the waters or sunning themselves on the beaches to the south of the village.
The tower of St Margarets church is more than 1,000 years old, dating from AD900. Inside the church there are memorials to the brave lifeboatmen who gave their lives protecting fishermen off the coast.
History of Sea Palling
Throughout the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries smuggling was a thriving industry in Sea Palling. Cargoes of tea, tobacco and spirits were often washed up on the beach and sold on the black market by smugglers.
As recently as 1977 a large quantity of spirits was seized just south of Sea Palling, near Waxham.
In 1287 there was a great flood in the area. John of Oxenedes, a monk from nearby Ludham, wrote The sea agitated by the violence of the wind, burst through its accustomed limits occupying towns and fields.
The Old Hall Inn is over 400 years old and is said to be haunted by the ghost of a mysterious woman dressed in grey who can sometimes be seen sitting on a window ledge.