Fewer visit Hunstanton and Old Hunstanton

Hunstanton and Old Hunstanton both saw fewer visitors today Picture: Chris Bishop

Hunstanton and Old Hunstanton both saw fewer visitors today Picture: Chris Bishop - Credit: Archant

Villagers were bracing themselves for another invasion of day trippers as the sun shone down on the coast.

Hunstanton's cliff top car park was full on the hottest day of the year so far, despite the coronavi

Hunstanton's cliff top car park was full on the hottest day of the year so far, despite the coronavirus outbreak Picture: Chris Bishop - Credit: Archant

But the numbers were down on yesterday, despite the sunny weather.

While car parks and public toilets have been closed across north Norfolk, the cliff tops at Old Hunstanton have re-opened.

Yesterday the car park was packed with hundreds of cars, as temperatures soared and sunseekers flocked to the beach.

MORE - Tale of two coasts as trippers pick and chooseBut many also parked on verges down the narrow lanes, upsetting residents. David McLeod, chair of Old Hunstanton Parish Council, said: “The closure of car parks on the other side of the county has pushed them over this way.

A sign at the cliff top car park at Hunstanton in Norfolk warns visitors about coronavirus Picture:

A sign at the cliff top car park at Hunstanton in Norfolk warns visitors about coronavirus Picture: Chris Bishop - Credit: Archant

“If they know the car parks further east are closed, it would make sense if they stayed west.


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Mr McLeod said the parish council had no powers to take action about the problem.

“All we can do is advise people to report it to police,” he said. “It’s annoying because we had an influx of second home owners after the pandemic started.”

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Elsewhere there were almost empty sands at Cromer and Overstrand, while beauty spots such as Blakeney and Morston were almost deserted.

Crowds flock to Hunstanton on a sunny day. Visitors have been urged to observe social distancing Pic

Crowds flock to Hunstanton on a sunny day. Visitors have been urged to observe social distancing Picture: Chris Bishop - Credit: Archant

It came after the Norfolk Coast Partnership appealed for people to stay away.

“Following the latest government announcement that people can resume unlimited outdoor exercise and driving to other destinations, the people, communities and wildlife of the Norfolk Coast are facing an increase in visitors,” it warned.

“While it is not in our nature to encourage people to stay away, it is currently vital that we do so to ensure these special places are not overwhelmed.”

But one villager at Old Hunstanton said: “Hundreds flocked to our beach today, don’t care about parking on our or our neighbours’ roadside gardens and trampling our plants growing, don’t care they are right outside our home windows which we ended up having to close, don’t care that emergency services can not get down the road if needed.

Cromer beach on a quiet day during lockdown. Picture: Chris Bishop

Cromer beach on a quiet day during lockdown. Picture: Chris Bishop - Credit: Archant

“Boris Johnson has allowed idiots to return to our homes and areas we live and spread the Covid-19.”

Another aspect of life on the coast returned to normal yesterday, as coastguards and Hunstanton lifeboat were called out to rescue people who had become cut off by the tide.

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Cromer's famous pier was close to visitors and deserted Picture: Chris Bishop

Cromer's famous pier was close to visitors and deserted Picture: Chris Bishop - Credit: Archant

Messages from primary school pupils are displayed at the church at Brancaster in Norfolk. One asks

Messages from primary school pupils are displayed at the church at Brancaster in Norfolk. One asks visitors to stay away from the coastal village Picture: Chris Bishop - Credit: Archant

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