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    Norfolk Tourist Information / Towns & Villages

    Winterton
    In about 1692 Daniel Defoe relates to a sailing tragedy in which over 200 sailing ships and over 1,000 people perished in one night in a sever storm of Winterton beach.

    When Daniel Defoe wrote that almost half the houses in the village were built of timber taken from wrecks, he could well have been right, for this is a coastline that has seen some turbulent seas and over the centuries many ships have lost in the howling gales that have lashed these shores.

    Winterton is at first just another coastal village, but take a closer look and you will find a mixture of old and new buildings. Amongst them are old Fisherman's cottages tucked away down little side walks as well as thatched cottages.

    The parish church dates 12th-century, it was built by the Monks at St. Benets Abbey, it stands close to the entrance to Winterton and has a magnificent tower that soars 132ft high. The interior of the church has a corner dedicated to all those lost at sea.

    The village's 300 year old pub is built of brick and flint, and the sign pronouncing that you are indeed in Winterton, is charmingly reminiscent of a Constable painting.

    The ponds below the dunes are the home of the rare Natterjack toad. Adder snakes can also be found basking in the summer sun under the bushes.

    The area to the north of the beautiful golden sandy beach consists of high, grassed, sand-dunes and is a designated Nature Reserve. Many nature lovers descend here for the position of the dunes make it ideal for bird watching. The sea road takes you down to a wide golden beach from which it is possible to launch boats at any time and the sea is often thronged with gaily coloured fishing craft and yachts.

    There is good access to the beach which is vast and consists of sand and dunes. The best car parking being at the end of Beach Road. There is also limited parking on North Market Road but this can be taken up by the locals.

    Today, the sea continues to give up it's treasures and fragments of wrecks can regularly be found on the sands.

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