England Coast Path – Norfolk’s first section approved

It has been announced that the first section of the England Coast Path in North Norfolk is to be opened later this year. It will run for approximately 25 miles between the villages of Sea Palling and Weybourne, passing through the popular coastal resorts of Mundesley, Cromer and Sheringham. This is great news for walkers and the businesses along the route.

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The Poppy Line – North Norfolk’s Heritage Steam Railway

The North Norfolk Railway - also known as the Poppy Line - is one of the county's favourite tourist attractions. The engineers that maintain the engines and rolling stock are mainly volunteers, as are the staff in the station shops, restaurants and booking offices. Thousands of tourists visit the stations and ride the steam trains from Sheringham to Weybourne and Holt each year.

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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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North Norfolk’s Stiffkey Freshes – a ‘wild’ place for a picnic

There are just a few places left in Norfolk that can be ascribed the adjective ‘wild’; Stiffkey Freshes is such a place. If you are an early bird and can get to the dunes as dawn breaks, or you are prepared to stay as dusk approaches, you will witness nature at its most impressive. These are the times of day that you will see a great deal of bird activity, with skeins of geese and flights of duck going to or returning from their feeding grounds. You may also see a fox hunting along the foreshore or a muntjak ambling along amongst the dunes.

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