Things to Do
Oyster House is conveniently positioned to see and explore all that North Norfolk has to offer. The local area, while perhaps less well-known than the nearby coastal villages,
is predominantly farming country but is distinctive and atttractive in its own way. And Oyster House's good road connections mean its a relatively short ride to a huge array of visitor
attractions and activities for every taste...
The North Norfolk Coast
From the edge of the Wash up round to Cromer, North Norfolk's coastline boasts some stunning open sandy beaches as well as miles of unspoilt saltmarshes and creeks. Dotted along
its length are tiny villages and harbours, some with splendid buildings that tell of a more prosperous age. Our nearest beach is around 20 minutes drive at Brancaster.
Historic Houses and Estates
The magnificent Houghton Hall and its stunning gardens and deer park is more or less on our doorstep and we are only a short hop from the splendour of the Royal
Estate at Sandringham. A short car ride will also take you the historic Holkham Hall just outside Wells or further into Norfolk to Blickling Hall and Felbrigg Hall... but alongside
these big name estates, visitors shouldn't miss the remarkably unspoilt and original 15C moated manor house at Oxburgh Hall or nearby 12C Castle Rising, one of the best-surviving keeps and
earthworks of its time anywhere in the UK.
Castle Acre, with both its ruined castle and priory, is also a good day out... the village is pretty too and has range of pubs and restuarants. Near the coast, there's the
ruins of Binham Priory and, further off the beaten track, superbly complete bronze-age earthworks at Warham Camp. Nearby Kings Lynn rather hides its heritage as a once great maritime
centre but it's there for those who care to look and an afternoon or full day exploring will unearth some real treasures.
Peddars Way Path
North Norfolk is cross-crossed with many beautiful and interesting walks. Oyster House is just over three miles from the Peddars Way long distance path which follows the almost
straight 46 mile route of a former Roman Road in remarkable isolation from south of Thetford up to the coast at Holme next the Sea. The Peddars Way meets up with the Norfolk Coast path, providing
44 miles of surprisingly varied and beautiful walking from Hunstanton to Cromer. However, you don't have to be a serious walker to enjoy the area... there are numerous small paths and circular walks
and you can just dip into a short section of one of the longer paths. The coast path in particular is well served by the Coasthopper bus service and it's quite feasible to walk as little or as much
as you fancy and then hop the bus back to your starting point. If you just fancy a stroll from your room, there's some nice paths around Oyster House and the village... please ask for a leaflet.
This is a lovely area to explore by bike... it's easy to find quiet lanes and tracks away from traffic and there are several way-marked long distance routes if you don't want to
just go off in your own direction. Bikes can be hired locally for the day or a few hours or we can accommodate them if you bring them with you.
Norfolk is a mecca for birdwatchers, with rare inland species mingling with sea birds and a shifting population of visiting and over-wintering species. The well-known reserves at
Titchwell, Holme and Cley marshes are all within half an hour, as are the waterfowl gardens at Pensthorpe, the home of the Springwatch TV series for the past three years, but the area
has many hides and hotspots all within easy reach of West Rudham.
Seal watching at Blakeney
North Norfolk Railway
For family days-out, try the Thursford collection of fairground organs and rides, the military museum at Muckleburgh, the Dinosaur Park at Lenwade or, for the very
active and at least mildy brave, the superb Extreeme adventure high-ropes course. The area has several golf courses, swimming pools and sports facilities. Sailing tuition (and on occasions boat hire) is
available at Brancaster, Wells-next-the-Sea and Blakeney. Trips out to see the seals from Morston or Blakeney quay have long been a 'must do' for visitors but these days the more adventurous can
also try their hand at sea angling from Wells or Brancaster.
Towns and shopping
The city of Norwich is around an hour's drive away and offers ample opportunity for retail therapy with a wide range of independent shops as well as more
usual chains, along with a vibrant theatre, cinema, arts and music scene. More locally, Fakenham is well known for its regular antiques and home auctions as well as its
traditional market and, more recently, an excellent once-a-month farmer's market featuring local produce. For gifts, clothes, arts and more exotic shopping, both Burnham Market
and the Georgian market town of Holt are popular.