Travel - Norfolk in the Summer, Our stay at The Pigs Edgefield.

May 05, 2015

I've written about our trip to Norfolk in the Winter, and that beautiful cottage we stayed in, here. But today's post is a trip we took a couple of years back in June 2013. I was in the middle of my law degree back then and booked our stay, for just two nights, the day after my exams finished so I could have something to look forward to amongst my black hole of revision. So glad that is alll over now. No more studying for me! We stayed at The Pigs Posh Pub, just outside of Holt in one of their new spa rooms. The weather was amazing and just two nights away felt like we'd had a proper holiday with all the sunshine. Some more photos and a little travelogue below if you want a read...

We got up early on a Sunday morning, packed up the car with our bags and folding bikes {one of our best purchases for the summer months and so handy for folding to take in the car} and headed off to Norfolk. Our first stop was at Holkham Hall {a beautiful old mansion with acres of parkland} where we cycled around the grounds and then down Lady Ann's drive to Holkham Beach where we parked our bikes up for a while for a walk.

Then along the cycle route through the pine trees towards Wells next the Sea to the part of the beach with beach huts. We walked this when we were there in January but it's much nicer to cycle I think especially on a sunny day.

It was my first time to Holkham and Wells and I fell in love with the beach huts as soon as I saw them. So British and iconic.


After lots of photos we got back on our bikes and cycled into Wells, a small harbour town, for lunch and a look round the cute independent shops. We found a gorgeous interior shop with a courtyard serving yummy lunches. It's since gone as the owners have moved to Cambridge but there are some nice cafes once you get past the slightly tacky shops and fish and chip places on the harbour front and walk up the main high street.

From there we went to Burnham Market, somewhere I've written more about in the Winter post. On the day we visited it was hosting a summer fair so had bunting blowing in the breeze and lots of Union Jacks everywhere.

It was then time to check in at The Pigs. The rooms were amazing, we had been torn about renting a cottage or staying in a hotel but for only a couple of nights a hotel seemed like a better option. So these Spa rooms with the extra outside space were a perfect compromise. We had an outside bath and sauna which led out to a patio with a firepit and loungers! The pub is famous for it's food too which is always a bonus.

Tired from our day by the sea and all the cycling, we inhaled a roast dinner {one of the best we've had out still to this day} before an evening walk in the sunshine around the surrounding countryside.

And then it was firepit time! The pub has a big table in the hallway with a jar of marshmallows and sticks to toast over the fire as well as yummy chocolate cookies and an honesty bar for drinks.

The next morning we visited Blakeney and Cley on Sea for a circular walk across the marshland past the pretty Windmill and stopping en route for the most amazing lunch. I love all the boats at Blakeney and cute cottages. 

I've got such fond memories of Wiveton Hall Farm Cafe where we sat outside for lunch which had been grown on the farm and then looked around the grounds and famous farm shop. It sadly wasn't open when we visited in January but it's firmly on my list for when we next visit if we're in season. They have a pick your own farm there too. When we visited it was asparagus and strawberry season!

From there we explored Holt, a gorgeous Georgian market town close to where we were staying. It's great for antiques shopping and you must visit the famous Byfords deli. We bought some supplies for dinner at the Pigs that evening.

Just driving around Norfolk is beautiful with fields and farms everywhere. I love the windmills at the side of the road.

Cromer is worth a visit for a walk along the beach too.

A truly lovely couple of days away, I'd highly recommend Norfolk for a little summer break and The Pigs for somewhere nice to stay.

You can find out more about The Pigs here.

And I've written more about Norfolk on our winter visit here.

On the way back we stopped off at Cambridge for a summer's day out punting along the river, post up on Thursday.

You can't beat England when the sun shines!

R <3 xx 

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  1. You have such wonderful adventures - and your pictures always capture the spirit of each place. Thanks for sharing, Rebecca!


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