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Burnham Overy

Burnham Overy (all parish within AONB)
Burnham Overy lies between the larger village of Burnham Market, less than 1 mile to the west, and Holkham, some 3 miles to the east.

Burnham Overy comprises Burnham Overy Staithe on the coast with Burnham Overy Town inland.

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Burnham Thorpe, the birthplace of Horatio Nelson, lies 1 mile to the south-east. According to various letters and documents, Nelson learned to row and sail a dinghy at Burnham Overy Staithe, at the age of 10, two years before joining the Navy.

Between Burnham Overy Staithe and the sea, the river spreads out into multiple tidal creeks through the salt marshes that fringe this stretch of coast, and finally reaches the sea by passing though the fronting sand dunes at a gap locally known as Burnham Harbour. Small boats can reach Burnham Overy Staithe through this gap and creek. Today Burnham Overy Staithe, and the associated harbour, is a major recreational sailing centre. It is also the point of departure for ferries to the Scolt Head Island National Nature Reserve.