Sunny Hunny!

Hunstanton Travel Blog

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Sunny Hunny or not as the case may be. This little corner of North West Norfolk brings back lots of childhood memories for me. We holidayed here as kids in my grandparents caravan and when times were hard came for day trips.

The seaside town began as a purposely-built resort in 1846 and retains its Victorian charm and character today, remaining a popular holiday destination for visitors of all ages, especially families.

Hunstanton's recent history revolves around the vision of Henry Styleman Le Strange. But for his imagination, the town may never have existed in its present form. In 1840, there was very little to be found between Hunstanton travel guide">Old Hunstanton and Heacham.

Sea bathing had, however, become the latest fashion and Le Strange issued a prospectus in 1845 for a coastal holiday village on a hitherto undeveloped part of his estate. The focal point was to be a triangular green sloping down to the sea.

The Golden Lion Hotel was the first building in 1846, but he made little further progress in constructing the 78 dwellings planned. Development remained slow until the Great Eastern Counties Railway decided to build the line from King's Lynn to Hunstanton at a cost of £80,000. This opened in 1862 , the same year Le Strange died.

We stayed at the Le Strange Arms Hotel in Old Hunstanton.Part of the Best Western Group nowadays but still retaining it's old world charm. Although Hunstanton is on the East Coast,it actually faces west so you get some beautiful sun sets over the sea. Up on top of the cliffs next to the golf course the Hotel is a great place to view them from and to watch the kite surfers do their thing even in the changeable weather.

Hunstanton’s excellent Blue Flag beach, offers ideal conditions for playing on the sand, exploring rock pools, and enjoying the sea.Old Hunstanton has a much more quieter village atmosphere, with carstone-built cottages, traditional British pubs and a much more slower pace of life in general. You can walk from one resort to the other, so you can delight in experiencing the two different areas of Hunstanton. 

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