With some beautiful weather forecast, the boys, my Mum and I headed to the beach for the day. Worried that Hunstanton might be really busy I thought we would head to Wells-Next-The-Sea.
The Navman said it would take approximately 2 hours, 30 minutes so we headed off at 8:30 thinking that would be plenty of time. Unfortunately, the traffic was pretty heavy for the second half of the journey so it actually took closer to 3 hours 30 minutes and we didn’t arrive until 11:30.
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We were able to park at Wells Town Carpark (see map at bottom of post). It was really busy but there was a parking attendant helping drivers find a space. It cost £3.50 for 4 hours.
From here there was a path that led towards the town. On the way through there was an amazing looking park with loads of grass area to sit. At the end of the park there were also some public toilets.
Once you cross the road there is a path that runs alongside the water that leads to the beach. We started to walk along this but heard that the beach was still a mile away. With our hands absolutely loaded with stuff and 4 children with us, we decided this was too far to walk and so set up on the sand alongside the intertidal sandflats where the boats come in and out of the harbour.
Alternatively, there is a miniature train that goes from the park to the beach. It is £1.50 pp and departs approximately every 20 minutes. The only reason we didn’t hop on this was that it was so busy.
It worked out well for us setting up here as it meant there were a lot fewer people, and we were only a short walk from the carpark, park, and town.
It was still really sandy close to the bank and into the water but there were quite a few rocks from where the tide comes in as well.
Luckily we had set up our stuff close to the bank and away from the water as shortly after we arrived the tide had come in.
The boys loved seeing all the boats coming in and out of the harbour and each time a larger boat went through it created fun waves that the boys loved playing in.
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