Travel Diaries: Norfolk Tour – Windswept Shoreline and the Famous Cookies of Salthouse

Along the North Norfolk coastal road is a tiny little village called Salthouse.

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Cookies, the Crab Shop, may not sound very veggie friendly, but they do make a good salad too.  Everyone we spoke to on our campsite was also scheduling in a visit.  Nextdoor is a post office and delicatessen, and we picked up a little tin of Salthouse sweets for our family’s Christmas Day hamper.

Just down the road from the crab shack is a bumpy route down through the marshes to the shore.  Over a ridge of pebbles, and the vast beach is before you.

The children search for “skimmers” (round, smooth pebbles to skid across the water) and although it may not be the best place for building golden sandcastles, Salthouse is perfect for bird watching and it does provide an exceptional palette for pebble art.

It is a wild, rugged, windswept place.  We have been there in every season – to watch the low winter sun setting in early January, or walk barefoot in the waves in late July.  A constantly changing scene, though always beautiful.

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  1. Keng says:

    I love the moody feel of the pebbly beach. Like the “don’t run away from me” harness on the backpack.

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    1. Ha – yes! There is something that is completely tantalising to young children about a several mile long stretch of beach: they get the urge to just run and run in a straight line! The reigns go on once I run out of energy to keep up! :o)


  2. MrsCraft says:

    Brilliant photos! We drove past here but I’ve never been to that beach, it looks brilliant so we shall make an effort to go. Thanks for the inspiration 😊

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    1. It’s well worth it – very few people ever seem to be there, as it’s between so many famous beauty spots I think it often gets forgotten, and the route to the stoney beach is not too obvious unless you look for it. I hope you enjoy it :o) x


      1. MrsCraft says:

        Thank you, I shall work on persuading the hubby to stop off there.

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  3. Eliza Waters says:

    I can almost smell the salt!

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    1. It is overwhelmingly salty, you can taste it in the air, as it’s very breezy and surrounded by salt marshes too! 🙂


  4. Wonderful pebble art!

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    1. Thank you! 🙂 There are so many colours of pebbles, of all shapes and sizes, we had a lot of fun.

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  5. I love the look of Salthouse. Very evocative post.

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    1. Thanks so much – It is a very beautiful place 🙂


  6. Laurie Graves says:

    Yes. very evocative post. And what could be better than a beach that has ample pebbles for throwing and for making art?

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    1. Thank you Laurie! We’ve just got back from the wild Northumberland coast, which seems similar, but the colours of the stones, cliffs and flora are very much different – took lots of pics and video to share with you, but are yet to edit! :o)

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      1. Laurie Graves says:

        Looking forward to seeing them.

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  7. hairytoegardener says:

    What a neat place. I wish I could visit there. The stone facade of the Crab Shop is one-of-a-kind.–We don’t see anything like that where I live and picking up pebbles and walking in the water on the beach is my kind of fun.

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    1. Hello 🙂 I love the stone cladding too … in Norfolk, sometimes all of the houses in a tiny village, and their garden walls, are made from it and I’ve had so many comments I must stop and take more photos to share next time 🙂


  8. Brian Skeys says:

    The shop front is beautiful. I like the idea of pebble art on the beach, I must have a go next time we take the GC to the sea.

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    1. It is a lovely little place … and well worth stopping by. All of the chairs and tables are outside on a sunny day, and the chef cooks the food in front of everyone. Our children love pebble art, even if just writing out their names 🙂


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