Bacton to Happisburgh – off the tourist trail

If you like to relax on a Sunday morning with a cup of coffee and one of the broadsheets, you will undoubtedly have noticed the more regular appearance of articles relating to the north coast of Norfolk. The feature writers currently seem to be having a love affair with the area of the coast between Hunstanton and Cromer. This interest has been fuelled by the soaring price of the region’s property over recent years. Due to the growing demand for pretty Norfolk cottages as second homes, particularly during the 80s boom, this area has become increasingly fashionable with the rich and famous. In contrast, the coast from Cromer to Horsey is nowhere near as popular with those searching for a second home by the sea, and the holidaymakers visit in far fewer numbers, but that was not always the case.

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Nuclear power station for North Norfolk

The UK government's Energy Bill is coming back to Parliament this autumn in its draft form. When it is eventually passed into law it will set the country's energy policy for the foreseeable future. The government is pressing ahead with its policy of moving to renewable energy sources but this is looking increasingly as though it will be just a supplement to nuclear energy. The North Sea's natural gas supplies are steadily depleting and a complete reliance on supplies from further afield in a world of political and economic uncertainty, is really unthinkable. A way in which to burn coal to generate electricity in an environmentally friendly way has as yet proved impossible to find. These factors combined indicate that building new nuclear power stations is the only option available to us if the UKs increasing energy requirements are to be met. Plans are already in the pipeline for a Sizewell C and another new station at Hinkley Point. Although some countries are at present turning away from nuclear power it is extremely likely that the increasing demand for electricity in the years ahead will force a renaissance in nuclear power generation? Is there a possibility that at some time in the future a nuclear power station will be built on the North Norfolk coast, a location that in the past was deemed suitable?

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Riverside at Stiffkey – a romantic Norfolk holiday cottage

Located on the North Norfolk coast, Riverside Cottage at Stiffkey is a cosy romantic hideaway definitely designed for two. As the name suggests, the river is literally at the bottom of the garden and you have a private sundeck with views across the river valley meadows to the hills beyond. Privacy and peace and quiet are assured at this well-equipped luxury Norfolk holiday cottage. If you like to walk, the Norfolk coast path is only a short distance away. So pack the walking boots and binoculars and head for this area of outstanding natural beauty. It is attractive in winter as well as summer - you can snuggle up near the log burner and enjoy a bottle of wine in the evenings and take some bracing walks on the marshes during the day. There is a good local pub if you want some company and excellent restaurants not far distant. Stay at Riverside Cottage and enjoy North Norfolk - I guarantee you will return. Read on for full details.

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