Enjoy a rural escape in Burnham Market

Burnham, Norfolk

If you feel like the walls are closing in, try heading to Norfolk for a dose of big skies, blue sea and cute little towns.

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One of our favourites is Burnham Market, which is like something out of the pages of a Jane Austen novel – with a village green and everything. Spend an hour or so wandering around the designer boutiques, antique dealers and quaint hat shop – or stop for a pint and a bite at The Hostel, where you can sit outside and watch the world go by.

The town is located in an area of outstanding natural beauty, too, which generally means one thing: great walking. Serious ramblers will love the coastal walk, which starts about two miles away in Burnham-Overy-Staithe, where Arctic terns, herons and other birds plod about among the sand dunes and salt marshes.

Or catch one of the daily boat trips from nearby Morston, and head off to Blakeney Point, where there are nearly 500 common and grey seals lolling about on the shore. Don’t forget to pack a waterproof, though – it can get a bit choppy on the way back.

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