Deep History Coast

The Deep History Coast

Did you know that all of our Walking Holidays meander through some, if not all, of Norfolk’s Deep History Coast? Norfolk’s coast has revealed some of the most spectacular finds. Happisburgh is the oldest archaeological site in Northern Europe and West Runton yielded the most complete fossilised mammoth skeleton ever found in the UK. The soft clay cliffs of this part of Norfolk’s coast (between Weybourne and Cart Gap at Happisburgh) are considered the best place to study Ice Age geology in the UK – we have the fastest receding coastline in Europe. As soon as they appear, new finds can be worn down or buried; leaving archaeologists to do their work in a race against time and tide. Finds on the Deep History Coast have provided the earliest evidence for human occupation so far discovered in northern Europe. They place early humans here in Norfolk some 350,000 years earlier than had been thought. They also […]

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North Norfolk District Council

Award Winners!

We only went a won the Environment Award at the North Norfolk Business Awards 2019!  Respecting our environment has been at the heart of what we do from the very beginning, so we’re are incredibly proud (and overwhelmed) at receiving this award. Being sustainable has been a part of our lifestyle for quite a few years now. We’ve always loved upcyling, re-using or re-purposing ‘things’ but as it’s become more apparent that we all need to be making changes we’ve embraced the zero waste lifestyle as much as possible. It’s not made easy for any of us though with so much single use plastics, most fruit and vegetables wrapped in unnecessary plastics in supermarkets (sometimes twice!) and the cost to buy separately, not in plastic packaging, more expensive (why!?), what we can and can’t recycle is confusing and different in every county (and district in some cases) and so much more. But, as with many […]

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Gin the Tent Elf Walk and Glamp

Thank You 2018

Seeing some of the great #2018bestnine posts on Instagram really got me reflecting on our second season and what we’ve achieved this year. We can be very quick to linger on the negatives that we don’t celebrate the positives, so I’d like to share with you some positive moments for MarGins during 2018: In January we met the fabulously inspiring team from The Outdoor Guide at the Destinations Show in London and Julia Bradbury. Julia’s love for the big outdoors stems from walking the countryside with her father when she was young. This really resonated with me as my zest for adventure and exploring the big outdoors, also comes from my wonderful late fathers attitude to enjoying the simple things in life       We were finalists in the North Norfolk District Council Business Awards 2018. It was a wonderful event to attend and we felt very proud to have been considered for an […]

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Walk and Glamp walking holidays

Seal season

You are almost guaranteed a sighting of a grey seal when you visit the Norfolk Coast any time of year. They are incredibly nosey and will have usually spotted you before you spot them. But during autumn and winter you will witness an absolutely magical scene of females giving birth to their pups along 2 sections of the Norfolk Coast: Blakeny Point – The Norfolk Coast National Trust’s latest count of pups this season already on Blakeney Point is a whopping 2,136. If you would like to visit them the best way is by boat from Morston Quay. Horsey – I used to live very close to Horsey beach and would regularly go to see the seals during the late 1990’s where we would have the beach all to ourselves and sit and watch up to 20 gorgeous seal pups with their mothers. Today is a totally different story, the grey seal colony is rising […]

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MarGins Walk and Glamping Holidays

Tent Elves on Tour

Question: What does a tent elf do when the season is over? Answer: Escapes in the elf-mobile! (AKA Starfire, our old but adorable motorhome) The Elf-Mobile Our second season was wonderful, we met so many lovely guests who all had amazing adventures on the beautiful Norfolk Coast but it was also extremely physically demanding so as soon as the season was over we were ready for a bit of escapism and Zzzzzzz. Our only plan was to turn right at the end of our drive (if we turn left we end up on the Norfolk Coast which obviously isn’t a bad thing but we were ready for our own adventure discovering new places), NO motorways, not travelling for more than 2 hours in a day and to stop and explore every county on route. This turned out to be the best plan ever and we were very fortunate to enjoy almost 3 weeks of exploring […]

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MarGins Walking and Glamping Holidays

Deepdale Festival 2018

Wow! Another great Music Festival at Deepdale Backpackers and Camping. It’s an absolute honour setting up our glamping tents for guests to enjoy these fabulous weekends celebrating local artists and musicians in such a beautiful setting. These festivals are fast becoming the ‘must go to’ event on the North Norfolk Coast so if you would like to book one of our glamping tents or accommodation at Deepdale Backpackers and Camping then you may want to do it sooner rather than later to avoid disappointment. Guest feedback: “What a lovely way to camp with our dogs. Everything thought of including dog beds the right size for our Labradors and mats for them to sit on so they didn’t get too cold and plenty of dog blankets and towels. Good to us too! Things we hadn’t thought of were provided and made all the difference. Fleece sleeping bag liners to cosy up in and hot water bottles […]

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Bacton to Walcott Sandscaping Scheme 2019

OUR COASTLINE North Norfolk has a vibrant tourist economy which features a popular and sandy coastline. The district, which plays an essential role in the UK energy industry, boasts towns and villages of various sizes and with varied characteristics. For many thousands of years this coastline has been subject to beach and cliff erosion. In more recent times the coast has been protected with timber, rock and concrete sea defences. THE CHALLENGES As the coastline changes, we are faced with complicated decisions about how and where to defend. Economics, communities, the environment and physical geography all play a part in these decisions. Full ‘hard’ defences along the entire coast are not an option because they are not affordable or sustainable and can make erosion worse. Bacton Gas Terminal, which processes about one third of the UK’s gas, urgently needs to be protected against coastal erosion. The Shoreline Management Plan, which sets out how the coast […]

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Forage and Feast

Last weekend we were truly blessed in so many ways for our Walk, Forage and Glamp weekend on the beautiful North Norfolk Coast. Simon Hunter Marsh is a local chef and Norfolk Food Hero passionate about sourcing and cooking with the best local produce accompanied by foraged finds from mother natures pantry. His partner Kate has extensive knowledge of the holistic values of foraging. So boy! were we all in for an absolute treat. The weather was perfect for a day of foraging on the Saturday and we were all very keen to learn and explore the surrounding area. Simon and Kate really do know their stuff and we didn’t have to go far at all (in fact for the first 30 minutes we didn’t leave the campsite hedgerows!) as we were surrounded by edible flora and fauna. Kate brewed up a hedgerow tea for us all to enjoy before heading out onto the saltmarshes […]

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“Samphire, our new best friend!!”

Our aim has always been to make our tents as comfy and welcoming as possible for our guests. The reaction when our guests first arrive to their tent has always been overwhelmingly positive, so when a lovely couple who walked our Avocet Walking Holiday (the full 84 miles of the Norfolk Coast Path from Hunstanton to Hopton-on-Sea) wrote about their bond with their tent, named Samphire, it literally gave me goosebumps: Monday 6th August – Saturday 11th August, 84 miles……..Here we go Monday – Arrived at the campsite in Burnham Deepdale to be greeted by ‘Samphire and her tent elf, the tent elf’s Mum and dog – Samphire has become our ‘New Best Friend!!!’  Tuesday – 14 miles and there she is ‘Samphire’ looking quite grand as we approached the campsite, cake, apple juice, magazines to read and our lovely comfy bed – fairy lights an added twinkle – How I love our tent…..  Wednesday – ‘Five Miles […]

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MarGins Walking and Glamping Holidays

Mini Deepdale at The Royal Norfolk Show

What a fabulous couple of days we’ve just had at The Royal Norfolk Show. Being a new and small business, attending a show that large wouldn’t normally be something we would have considered (mainly due to a very limited budget) but when Jason from Deepdale Backpackers and Camping asked us to join them to promote a Mini Deepdale Stand we thought it was an offer we couldn’t refuse. Retro Campers Norfolk and The Norfolk Coast Partnership (who manage our Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty) also joined us and Norfolk Trails (who manage and maintain our National Trails in Norfolk) provided a fabulous Norfolk Coast Path sign for us to display (of which I got a tad excited about!) and walking information on the Norfolk Trails. The weather was absolutely amazing! 2 days of back to back sunshine which brought the crowds in their thousands. We had lots of really positive interest in our holidays as […]

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