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Holkham voted Countryfile beach of the year

A Norfolk beach has been voted the beach of the year by BBC Countryfile magazine readers. The awards polled 30,000 people, with over 130,000 votes being counted, making it the biggest ever response to the nominations. And Holkham beach was voted the nation’s number one, with Godrevy in Cornwall coming in in second place.

Fergus Collins, the editor of Countryfile Magazine, said:

‘To have nearly 30,000 people vote in our awards shows how passionate they are about the British countryside.’

He added:

‘The shortlists, elected by readers and the BBC Countryfile Magazine judging panel, generated a completely fresh set of candidates in each category – and this created a huge amount of healthy debate during the voting period. I’d like to congratulate the 20 very worthy winners and runners up and thank everyone for taking part.’

Stretching for four miles, the sandy beach at Holkham was a clear winner in its category both as a beach and nature reserve. Home to diverse species of flora and fauna, you can expect to see white egrets, common terns, peregrines and more. The judges said:

‘There is something exotic about this great strand of sand backed by pine trees, sand dunes and marshes – a place for a serene beach holiday and intimate encounters with such a wide variety of wildlife’.

And voter Louise Edwards said it was:

‘Unspoilt, golden sand, the wildlife, lovely clean sea. It is beautiful.’

Of course, Holkham is not Norfolk’s only beautiful beach. All along the north coast there are stunning stretches of sand that really add to the region’s appeal. The west facing beach at Hunstanton is backed by an elegant Victorian seaside resort. There’s also Holme-next-the-Sea and Titchwell, where you’ll see thousands of migratory birds. In fact, Titchwell Marsh is one of the RSPBs most popular reserves. You can also visit Brancaster, Scolt Head and more.

It is natural attractions like the award-winning beach at Holkham which have a positive effect on house prices and make North Norfolk one of the most in-demand places to live in the UK right now. With house prices in the area continuing to rise, news like this can only have a further positive impact.

To find out more about the many other reasons for moving to the region or to discuss investment in the area, get in touch with our team here at Agile.

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