There’s plenty of fun to be had around and in the water – forget hiring a boat for now, this is about getting right in the water… whether it’s in a lovely outdoor pool or indulging in some wild water swimming. Norfolk is blessed with lots of lovely spots to take a dip, so here are our favourites!
The Old Rectory is great for a city break, nestled on the edge of the city close to the river and the lovely Whitlingham Country Park, it is Norwich’s only 4* Gold 2 rosette ‘restaurant with rooms’ and it has a pretty outdoor pool to boot. Their Dowagers cottage comes with a pool view!
With both an outdoor pool AND a hot tub to enjoy, Poolside Lodges has accommodation to suit a range of group sizes and is ideally situated close to both the coast and to Norwich – the best of both worlds!
What are your thoughts on natural swimming? Open water swim sessions are available in a wonderful setting at Fritton Lake situated in the grounds of Somerleyton Estate (Somerleyton Hall is a must see too if you’re a fan of Downton). The swim sessions are good for a range of abilities choose between; fast paced swims and long distances or simply head into the water to relax and unwind surrounded by wildlife. And after all this exercise head to the Fritton Arms pub/B&B situated by the lake for a slap up meal, wood fired oven fresh pizza or just drinks inside or out!
Whitlingham’s lake, set in 280 acres of parkland close to Norwich, is an ideal spot for swimming and other water-based activities including canoeing, windsurfing and kayaking, whilst there are some lovely spots along the River Bure where you can safely enter the water – particularly near Coltishall; for more information check out the Wild Swim Map’s entry.
Of course Norfolk has plenty of wonderful coastline to enjoy a dip in (depending on the weather!) but that would be a post all by itself, so we’ll just say that to enjoy a really beautiful beach you should definitely head over to Holkham. There you can enjoy a truly spectacular vista all year round, and in the summer why not swim in the beautiful bay or walk along the unspoilt, golden sand!
Please make sure you check swimming signs and regulations before you enter any body of water, and ensure children are accompanied by a responsible adult. There are some very strong currents in some of the area's water so water safety is critical. Further water safety information can be found on the Norfolk Constabulary's website.
For more ideas and to plan a trip to Norwich go to www.visitnorwich.co.uk
Images from top – Fritton Lake, The Old Rectory, aerial view of Whitlingham park - Mike Page, Holkham Beach