Friday, 30 December 2016

Wells-next-the-Sea - Norfolk

Just to the west of Blakeney is another port that lost its importance because of the harbour silting up. Ironically this was partly a man-made fault. Once the salt marshes had been recognised for their importance, and as the sea front was being eroded by the power of the waves, sea defences were built along the coastline just away from Wells. However, they had the effect of building up the silt rather than protecting the town.

Today Wells-next-the-Sea is more about holidays than it is about business. Some 2,500 people live in the town, but the big granary that was built in 1904 is now flats and holiday homes and the long soft beech is ideal for the holiday maker.

The beach is long and flat for the most part, but with some ever-changing dunes in areas. The backdrop is pine forest, and this helps protect the beach from all directions but the north.

There is some activity in the little harbour, mostly fishing boats, but Wells is ideal for those who want to lounge by the sea whilst the sun shines or explore the likes of Cromer and the Norfolk Broads on more active days.


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