Sea Palling nestled behind the sand dunes in the salt marshes and farmland today, has had an interesting history over the centuries, with smuggling, ship salvage work and fishing all contributing to its survival, despite being overcome by many incursions by the sea during those decades, the last overwhelming and damaging flood was in 1953.
Today, the village is protected by the dunes, a sea wall and nine off-shore reefs which are all part of a flood prevention scheme This has created a wonderful, big and sandy beach, which at low tide is scalloped in appearance with little bays full of brown shrimp and shells that warm in the sun and are just perfect for children of all ages to explore and play in. The beach has been awarded and retained the coveted Blue Flag award for several years.
During this summer, there were Royal National Lifeboat Institute lifeguards on duty every day. Additionally our Inshore Lifeboat Crew all carry pagers so the boat is on call 24 hours a day 365 days a year. As well as good swimming, there is also provision for launching personal water crafts.
There is a regular bus service during the week to Norwich for shopping and sight seeing. We are equidistant from the seaside resorts of Great Yarmouth and Cromer, which can also be reached by bus. Sea Palling has its own cycle hire.
Norfolk Wildlife Trust reserve at Hickling is only five miles away and both the NWT and RSPB have reserves easily reached by car or bicycle. A walk along the beach towards Waxham and Horsey (National Trust) may well be rewarded with sightings of seals.
Waxham Barn which was originally built by the Wodehouse family in the late 16th. Century, is one of the largest in the country and well worth a visit.
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