Locality and FAQ

Staithe View, Martin Smith

Staithe View, Martin Smith

About the area

The North Norfolk coast has been designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and we think¬†Burnham Overy Staithe is the most beautiful bit of it (not that we’re biased!). The¬† area is a Mecca for birdwatchers. Cley, Thornham and Titchwell are just along the coast, and Welney, in the Fens, is worth visiting, but to be honest you don’t need to drive anywhere – there is plenty to see from the Overy Staithe and Burnham Norton sea walls.

Staithe View, Martin Smith

Staithe View, Martin Smith

There are a number of walks in and around Overy Staithe:

  • along the Bank (the sea wall) to the beach (and from there to Holkham if you have the stamina)
  • across the sands or the marshes to Scolt Head Island (at low tide only)
  • along the coast road as far as the windmill, then cross a field to reach the footpath along Burnham Norton sea wall
  • track from the top of Gong Lane to Overy Town
  • track from the windmill back up to the Burnham Market road
  • track from the coast road to half-way along the sea wall.
The Creek

The Creek

Things to do in Overy Staithe

All the usual seaside pastimes – paddling, swimming, sandcastles, sailing, canoeing, and so on. But remember this is the North Sea, not the Mediterranean, and the estuary is tidal, so do be careful when swimming or boating. Burnham Overy Boathouse offers long- or short-term boat storage, and hires out kayaks in the summer.

High tide, Burnham Overy Staithe

High Tide, Burnham Overy Staithe (own photo)

Places to visit

Both on the coast and inland, there is a wide choice of activities. The Tourist Information Centre in Wells-next-the-sea will provide other ideas, but here is a sample to get you started: Holkham Hall, Walsingham (the Shrine is a famous place of pilgrimage), the Wells-Walsingham Steam Railway and Hunstanton Sealife (both popular with children), Fakenham (especially on Thursdays for the flea-market and auctions), Glandford Shell Museum, Binham Priory, Felbrigg Hall, Houghton Hall, Castle Rising, Castle Acre Priory and historic Kings Lynn, which has several interesting small museums.

Public transport, food and shopping

The Coasthopper bus leaves from opposite the top of the path for Burnham Market, Hunstanton and Kings Lynn (trains to Cambridge and London Kings Cross) and from the corner opposite the Hero for Wells and Sheringham (trains to Norwich and from there to London Liverpool Street).

There are shops, places to eat, a garage and a post office in Burnham Market (the garage has a cash machine and the grocer’s on the Overy road will give cashback). Wells-next-the-sea has banking services and a good range of shops.

There are plenty of pubs and restaurants in the area, starting with the Hero, just across the road, and the Lord Nelson in Burnham Thorpe.

Evening View over Staithe, Martin Smith

Evening View over Staithe, Martin Smith

Frequently asked questions

Is there free WiFi?

Yes.

Is there a TV?

No, but the TV licence is paid up, so if you bring your own device you can watch freeview services online.

What’s the mobile signal like?

You might be lucky enough to get a signal in the attic, otherwise you’ll have to go out to the seafront, so there is a landline for guests’ use (it’s not free, but the first five pounds’-worth of phone calls are on the house).

Is there public transport?

Yes. The Coasthopper bus running from Kings Lynn to Sheringham stops a few yards from the end of the path, in both directions.

Is there bike storage?

You can store bikes in the utility room and/or toolshed, both of which lock.

Where can we park?

Suaeda Cottage has no private parking. You can park on the coast road during the day, but after nightfall it’s probably better to move the car to a less busy spot. Parking on the staithe is possible at low tide, but don’t forget to move the car before the tide comes in.

Do you accept pets?

We welcome up to two friendly dogs on request – but not on beds!

How late can we check in?

Any later than five o’clock makes things complicated for us, but talk to us in advance and we’ll see what we can do.

Is there garden furniture?

There’s a bench against the east wall that gets the morning sunshine, plus a moveable small seat and table.

Garden Bench, Martin Smith
Garden Bench, Martin Smith
Breakfast for One, Martin Smith
Breakfast for One, Martin Smith

Where can we dry our washing?

There are clothes lines and pegs for the yard, an outdoor drying rack and drying racks to go over the bath.

Is there an iron and ironing board?

Yes.

Is there a hairdryer?

No.

What linen do you provide?

We provide bedlinen for four, hand towels and kitchen/dining room items, but not bath or beach towels.

Are there waterproof mattress protectors?

We can put them on the twin beds, but please ask in advance.

What if we run out of hot water?

Switch on the booster tank – but please don’t forget to switch it off again later.

What do we do if something goes wrong?

Please contact us before you contact a plumber, electrician, locksmith, etc.

What if we have an emergency?

We provide an information sheet that should have the numbers you need. For minor injuries, there are basic first aid items in the cottage.

What is there to do if it rains?

Inside: write postcards (we provide guests with some of our own), read, do jigsaw puzzles, play games, bake cakes, paint pictures, talk to each other! Out and about: visit museums (there are several good ones in Kings Lynn), stately homes (Holkham Hall is the nearest), Hunstanton Sealife, Walsingham (even if not everything is indoors), etc. or try a new activity (some of our guests went glass-blowing in Burnham Thorpe).