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Five spots in Norfolk to ease your stress levels

The prevalence of mental health conditions across Norfolk is bigger than ever before, with almost half of adults struggling with the likes of anxiety and depression.

It’s a growing trend across the country, as more people struggle with the day-to-day, but also don’t cope in the healthiest ways, with more people entering NHS rehab clinics as a result.

Looking after our mental health and stress levels is so important these days and one of the most common ways to do that is through fresh air and enjoying the peace and quiet of the countryside.

The beach at Holkham
The beach at Holkham

Across Norfolk there are dozens of great spots to do this, so if you are struggling and you just want to escape for a while, here are five places you really can ease that stress and get a sense of calm…

Holkham Beach

Holkham Beach is a stunning stretch of sandy coastline that offers tranquillity and natural beauty in abundance. Part of the Holkham National Nature Reserve, this unspoilt beach is ideal for long, contemplative walks where you can listen to the soothing sounds of the waves and enjoy the wide-open skies. The vast, expansive sands provide a sense of space and freedom, perfect for letting go of everyday worries. Whether you choose to wander through the pine woods or simply sit and watch the tides, Holkham Beach is a sanctuary for the soul.

Norwich Cathedral Close

If you’re looking for a city escape, in the heart of Norwich is Cathedral Close, an oasis of calm that provides you with beautiful medieval architecture and lush green lawns to sit and watch the world go by.

It’s a serene atmosphere and a great place for reflection and relaxation, with the cathedral itself also a truly magnificent piece of architecture to sit and enjoy.

The Norfolk Broads

The Norfolk Broads, a network of rivers and lakes, is a haven for nature lovers and those seeking peace. Hiring a boat and cruising along the gentle waterways is a delightful way to unwind. The slow pace of life on the Broads, coupled with the opportunity to observe wildlife in their natural habitat, makes this area particularly soothing. Enjoy the calming effects of water, the chirping of birds, and the rustling of reeds. Stopping at one of the charming riverside pubs or picnic spots along the way adds to the leisurely experience.

Sheringham Park

Designed by Humphry Repton, Sheringham Park is beautifully landscaped and offers great views of the North Norfolk coast. It’s well known for its rhododendrons and azaleas and a perfect spot for those who enjoy flora and fauna.

In the spring and early summer the park really comes alive and working your way through the winding paths is a great way to rest and rejuvenate.


Wells-next-the-Sea is a quaint seaside town that exudes charm and calm. Its picturesque harbour, with colourful boats and gentle tides, is perfect for a leisurely stroll. The beach at Wells-next-the-Sea, with its iconic beach huts and expansive sands, is another excellent spot for relaxation. The pinewood walks and the views of the salt marshes add to the town’s appeal. Sitting by the quay with an ice cream or enjoying fresh seafood at one of the local eateries while watching the world go by can be incredibly therapeutic.

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