Between the lively seaside resort of Hunstanton and the pretty town of Sheringham is a spectacular coastline, most of which is designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Here the landscape of tidal marshes, creeks, shingle spits, and sweeping golden beaches is backed by explorable pine woods. It includes the Holkham Hall and Estate, and its beach at Wells-next-the-Sea, consistently voted the best in Britain.

Further to the East is the imperious clifftop setting of Cromer, with its Victorian pier striding proudly out to sea. The coastline then meanders southward to the secluded beaches of Mundesley and Happisburgh, with its striped lighthouse, and inland to the traditional market town of North Walsham.

The magic of North Norfolk is that as the seasons and tides change, it offers completely different qualities and scenery.

The North Norfolk Railway begins at Sheringham and ends at genteel Holt, a fabulously handsome market town which has become a mecca for discerning visitors looking for independent shops. Most of Holt was burned in its famous fire of 1708, and in its place rose a splendid Georgian town focusing on an appealing Market Place.

This is also Deep History Coast, where the biggest and best-preserved mammoth skeleton was found, along with a prehistoric flint axe and 850,000 year old human footprints – the oldest evidence of man found outside the Great Rift Valley in Africa.