A village in Norfolk is a beautiful seaside resort that could be UK’s best smelling place | Travel News | Travel

A village in Norfolk is a beautiful seaside resort that could be UK’s best smelling place | Travel News | Travel

When it comes to staycations in the UK, there are certain areas that prove popular with holidaymakers every year. Places like Cornwall, Devon, the Lake District and London typically see the most visitors.

However, the east of England also has a lot to offer. Boasting 90 miles of coastline and plenty of stunning beaches, Norfolk should not be missed.

And within this vast county is a beautiful seaside village that could be considered one of the best smelling locations in the UK – Heacham in West Norfolk.

Just half an hour’s drive from King’s Lynn, this historic village is unique due to its proximity to a fragrant tourist attraction. Heacham is situated right next to almost 100 acres of lavender.

Founded in 1932, Norfolk Lavender is renowned as one of England’s largest lavender farms.

Visit North Norfolk says: “Heacham is also famous for being at the heart of Norfolk’s lavender growing industry and in the summer, the landscape and air is filled with the colour and aroma of lavender.”

But the area has more to offer than just pleasant smells.

The Norfolk Lavender website says: “Norfolk Lavender is at the heart of the west coast of Norfolk.

“You’ll find some of Britain’s most attractive countryside, a glorious coastline, and a rich, vibrant heritage.”

So, what can you expect from a visit to Heacham?

It is home to two stunning beaches perfect for families to enjoy, as well as lots of local history to sink your teeth into.

“The two fine north and south beaches face west looking across a huge 20 mile bay,” Visit North Norfolk continues.

“The water here is shallow and sheltered making the beaches ideal for children.

“When the sun is out, you will be treated to the memorable ‘highway to the heavens’, a reflection of the sun in a golden and silver trail across the water.

“Heacham is also close to the Peddars Way and Norfolk Coast Path and several RSPB sites.

“Also worth a visit is Caley Mill, Gothic revival in architectural style and unique because of its exposed waterwheel on the outside of the building.”

History lovers should look out for images of Native American Pocahontas, visible on the village sign and a memorial at the church.

It is thought she lived in the village for a time in the early 17th century after marrying Englishman John Rolfe, whose family was from Heacham.

Like many seaside towns in the UK, Heacham became a sought-after holiday destination for Victorians with the boom of the railway.

While the rise of international travel saw the decline of many beach resorts in England during the 60s and 70s, Heacham still has much to offer visitors.

Why not see for yourself?

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