Activities

Walking

The local area has many quiet lands, public footpaths and farm tracks through woodlands and open countryside.

A short drive away, the Norfolk Coastal Plan runs from Hunstanton to Cromer mostly along the edges of marshes and beaches. The section from Burnham Overy Staithe across to Holkham Beach to Wells is probably the most popular. Other good walks are Sheringham Park, Blickling Hall, Felbrigg Hall, out to Blakeney Point to see the seals.

Local Attractions

Steam Railways: The Thursford Collection (1 mile away) is a unique assembly of steam powered traction engines, organs and fair ground rides. Its also the venue for the famous Christmas Spectacular. There is also the North Norfolk Railway from Sheringham to Holt, the Wells and Walsingham Light Railway, and the Bure Valley Railway.

The Muckleburgh Collection is a private collection of tanks and military hardware and an old army training base, located just outside of Weybourne.

Sailing

North Norfolk’s coastal estuaries, creeks and harbours are shallow and tidal and immensely rewarding for enthusiastic sailors, particularly at Brancaster, Burnham Overy Staithe, Wells and Blakeney. For lessons there are sailing schools at Blakeney and Brancaster.

Seal Trips

A popular activity is a visit to the 500 strong seal colony on Blakeney Point. This can be reached on foot or on one of the seal trip boats that run each day from Blakeny quay or Morston.

Cycling

Norfolk is great for cycling as it is relatively flat and has many quiet lanes and paths.

The Museum of Life at Gressenhall (12 miles away) is a former workhouse with a working 1920s farm.

There are several historic sites including Blickling Hall, Felbrigg Hall, Sandringham estate. Somewhat less grand but worth a visit is the working windmill at Great Bircham and the restored water mill at Letheringsett, and the historic ruins at Walsingham, Binham, North Creake and Warham Camp.

Bird Watching

North Norfolk is prime bird watching territory with a huge and ever-changing range of migrant and wading birds. Good places to start are the world famous reserves at Cley and Titchwell or the George Washington Hide at Holkham. Twitchers come to North Norfolk all year round and Norfok has been described as the best county in Britain to see birds.

As well as the birdlife along the coast and marshes, there are opportunities to see a huge variety of birds at the  Pensthorpe reserve, which is a short drive from Barney.

Sports

There are some excellent links courses at Brancaster, Hunstanton, Sheringham and Cromer and the closest to Barney is at Fakenham Race Course, a 9 hole course. There is a gym and leisure facility at Fakenham and The Splash is a leisure centre in Sheringham popular with families.

Norwich

Norwich Cathedral

Norwich Cathedral

The city of Norwich with its spectacular cathedral is a 40 minute drive away.