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For environmental and economic reasons, we produce many of our publications in electronic form. This allows us to update publications regularly and for users to view documents before printing out only the information they desire. To celebrate 50 years of the AONB designation a book and poster were produced and are available via our online shop and a number of stockists in the area.

Current AONB Management Plan


Associated guidance:

Integrated Landscape Character Guidance: The integrated landscape character map and guidance for each landscape character type can be viewed and downloaded on our Landscape page.

Visit the Landscape page >

Visitor Management Zone and Policies:

This map shows the different zones and describes the management strategies that apply to each zone.

Download Visitor Management Zone and Policies map >


Bird Hide Design Guide:

These guidelines are intended to assist those considering additional provision for bird viewing. While some of the background information will be familiar to those directly concerned with the management of sections of the coast, this has been included in order to provide a comprehensive context for consultants working on their behalf. It is hoped that the guidelines will encourage a fresh approach to the design of birdwatching facilities based on an understanding of the special qualities of the coastal landscape, of its traditional buildings, and of practical techniques for avoiding intrusion.

Download Bird Hide Design Guide >


Signing Guidance:

Although signs are often necessary, their visual impact, particularly on the wild and open landscapes of the Norfolk coast, can be intrusive. This succinct guidance to minimising such impacts was prepared by the Norfolk Coast Partnership in 2005.
Download Signing Guidance >


Supporting information:

Summary of Conservation Designations >
Significance of the Norfolk Coast Landscape >
Designation History Summary >
Shaping of the Norfolk Coast Landscape >

Enjoying the Norfolk Coast


Norfolk Coast Cycleway Map 

From King’s Lynn to Great Yarmouth using quieter roads, plus loop and link routes. 

Buy the map from our online shop > 

Find out more about the Norfolk Coast Cycleway, including routes and map guide stockists > 

Access for All walks 

For families with children in buggies, people using wheelchairs, and others with physical challenges to experience the Norfolk Coast’s special places 

Find out more about Access for All walks, including routes and map downloads >


Explore More walks and off-road cycling 

Routes that take you away from the busy ‘honey-pots’ into the coastal hinterland. 

Find out more about Explore More walks, including routes and map downloads > 

Find out more about Explore More off-road cycling, including routes and map downloads > 


Norfolk Coast Guardian

Our annual free newsletter.
View and download the latest and previous editions >

Study and research reports

Below is a list of various study and research reports, Partnership project reports and a number of other earlier historic documents.

New Anglia Local Economic Partnership Economic Strategy 2017 The New Anglia local economic partnership (LEP) for Norfolk and Suffolk is one of many LEPs throughout England through which European and Government funding for economic development is channelled.  Economic Strategy for Growth and Opportunity 2017 >
Annual Conference 2016: A good day out   2016 Tourism is key to the economy of the Norfolk Coast. But like any business it depends on raw material – in this case the beauty and health of the environment. The Norfolk Coast is much more than a 'destination'. It's an authentic, unique place. 2016 Conference report > 
Annual Conference 2015: Nine Chalk Rivers  2015 A joint conference with the Norfolk Rivers Trust to celebrate the achievements of our Nine Chalk Rivers programme, which ran from 2012-2015. Examining the characteristics of the Norfolk coast's valuable chalk rivers and the many achievements of the Nine Chalk Rivers project. 2015 Conference report >
A Changing Climate from global to local 2015 A presentation given by Prof Andrew Watkinson, School of Environmental Sciences at the University of East Anglia in December 2015 to a Norfolk Coast Partnership workshop at an initial stage in the development of a climate change adaptation strategy Dec 2015 climate change presentation >
Climate Change on the Norfolk Coast 2015 A perspective on climate change and its impacts on the area from a student at UEA Climate change on the Norfolk Coast >
Ten Degrees North 2013 This study was carried out in early 2013, with assistance of funding from Natural England, to investigate potential impacts of future climate change on the characteristic wildlife and landscapes of the AONB. It has been used to inform the current management plan. Ten Degrees North' climate change report >
Annual Conference 2013: Linking land and sea  2013 Jointly hosted by Norfolk Coast Partnership, Wash and North Norfolk Coast European Marine Site Management Scheme, and Eastern Inshore Fisheries Conservation Authority. A conference heard that although we tend to see the land and the sea as separate, the living links between marine and terrestrial are crucial 2013 Conference report >   
Annual Conference 2012: What price beauty?  2012 In todays cash-strapped world, is it important to calculate exactly what the environment gives us in order to justify its protection or will such efforts simply lead us to knowing (like the cynic of Oscar Wildes definition) the price of everything and the value of nothing?  2012 Conference report >   
Annual Conference 2011: Eastern Promise  2011 Looking at the special qualities of this north-eastern coast and the history and future of tourism in the area, while placing this work in the wider context of our Partnership activities. 2011 Conference report >   
Annual Conference 2010: Partners in Landscape  2010 Using the story of the Bayfield Estate to look at the interaction between our partner organisations and the landscape of the area. 2010 Conference report >   
Norfolk Coast AONB Energy Crop 2007  2007 Energy Crop report > 
Norfolk Coast Transport Strategy 2006-2011 Strategy prepared by Norfolk County Council in partnership with the Norfolk Coast Project and the District Councils in the area: North Norfolk District Council, Great Yarmouth Borough Council and the Borough Council of King's Lynn and West Norfolk.   NCTS 2006-11 > 
Tourism Benefit & Impacts Analysis in the Norfolk Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty 2006   2006_exec_summary > Tourism Report 2006 > 2006_Tourism_Report_appendices >
Renewable Energies for the Norfolk Coast AONB 2006  Renewable energy 2006 report > 
Landscape Assessment 2006  Landscape Assessment report 2006 > 
Back to nature on the Norfolk Coast 2005   2005_Conf_report > 
The Housing Market and Affordable Housing 2005   Housing Report >
Planning, to help the Norfolk Coast AONB? 2004  2004_Conf_report > 
Tourism in the AONB - Who stays and who pays? 2003  2003 Conference > 
TRANSPORT - Going somewhere? 2001  2001 conference - Transport > 
The Norfolk Coast Landscape 2000   2000 conference - Landscape >
The Changing Coast 1999   1999 Changing coast >
Norfolk Coast Project 1998-2000 This summary report looked at the progress of the Management Strategy between 1998 and 2000. NCP 1998-2000 > 
Visitor Management Strategy 1995 This document offers guidance on how all interests can work together to keep the AONB special and is based upon an earlier consultation draft, which has been revised and condensed. VMS 1995 > 
A Visitor Management Handbook – A Directory for AONB Site Managers 1994 The handbook was primarily to aid managers of coastal sites wishing to improve the management of visitors, but it will also be of interest to managers of inland sites. The contents are a combination of ideas and techniques used by reserve managers in Norfolk and elsewhere and the results of the 1994 Beach Study. It is based on the principle that wildlife quality and visitor enjoyment of a site are not mutually exclusive, but that wildlife and conservation interests should always come before visitors. 1994 Handbook > 
Wildlife and Windbreaks - a Beach Visitor Study 1994 The Beach Visitor Study was based at Holme Dunes. This was felt to display a typical selection of the most common visitor pressures and solutions. Specific problems were also examined at Holkham, Blakeney and Winterton. The study was largely field work based as it was considered essential to have someone on the ground to maximise contact with and observation of visitors, to liaise with reserve wardens, and provide an improved link between the reserve managers and the public. 1994 Beach Study > 
Historical perspective and overview 1993  AONB historic perspective-1 > AONB historic perspective-2 > AONB historic perspective-3 >
Norfolk Coast Project 1991-1997 A summary report entitled 'Building on Success' looking at the achievements of the Norfolk Coast Project from its setting up late 1991 through to 1997 and the plans for the future. NCP 1991-97 > 
Norfolk Heritage Coast Strategy 1989 The North Norfolk Heritage Coast boundary was established in 1974 (after the AONB designation boundary, 1968) and a draft Management Plan for tbe area was adopted in 1981, following public consultation. This 1989 'North Norfolk Heritage Coast Strategy and Management Plan' was produced by Norfolk County Council to provide the context for a management project.  Norfolk Heritage Coast Strategy 1989 >
Valuing Norfolk’s Coast  An RSPC study into the economic benefits of a high quality environment, the potential of wildlife tourism striking balance for the future Valuing Norfolk's Coast >


Ordnance Survey maps are ideal for walking or cycling in the area. They contain a wealth of detail that can help you to find your way around, and to understand the landscape and historic context of where you are.

The Norfolk Coast AONB is covered by the following maps. 

Ordnance Survey Explorer Series (1:25,000)
– Explorer 250 Norfolk Coast West
– Explorer 251 Norfolk Coast Central
– Explorer 252 Norfolk Coast East
– Explorer OL40 The Broads 

Ordnance Survey Landranger series (1:50,000)
– 132 North West Norfolk
– 133 North East Norfolk
– 134 Norwich & The Broads 

MAGIC is a web-based interactive map bringing together information covering a wide range of information on statutory and non-statutory environmental and historic designations and schemes. 

Historic maps of Norfolk 

Norfolk County Council’s historic maps website has a useful directory of historic maps of Norfolk which is well worth exploring. A further source of a variety of old maps is www.oldmapsonline.org. 

Faden’s map of Norfolk 1797 - now available in an accessible digitised version

This early map provides a fascinating picture of pre-enclosure Norfolk. Drawn at one inch to 1 mile scale, it is very accurate for its time and gives a good idea how the county, including its coastline, has changed from over 200 years ago. 

Other useful resources 

UK Climate Change Projections 

This is a very comprehensive source of climate change projections for the UK, although because of the uncertainty incorporated into it, it can be difficult to understand what our future climate may look like. 

Living with Environmental Change 

This site provides some reports that may be easier to use to understand what the impacts of climate change in the UK may be. 

Intergovernmental Panel for Climate Change 

These reports take a global perspective and provide an indication of how climate scientists think climate may change at a global level. 

AONB product stockists 

We would like to thank the following businesses, listed in alphabetical order, for actively supporting us by stocking our products. Please visit them whilst enjoying the area and pick up your copy of the Norfolk Coast Cycleway Map, ‘Walk with me’ book, ‘Outstanding’ poster or card (please note these stockists may not stock all products). Alternatively, you can purchase these directly from our on-line shop  

BIRDscapes GalleryManor Farm Barns, Glandford, nr Holt, NR25 7JPVisit >
Bringing the outside inMain Road, Holkham, Wells-next-the-Sea, NR23 1ADVisit >
Bringing the outside inDalegate Market, Burnham Deepdale, PE31 8FBVisit >
Burnham Deepdale Visitor Information CentreDeepdale Farm, Burnham Deepdale, PE31 8DDVisit >
Crabpot Books – Wells-next-the-Sea52 Staithe Street, Wells-next-the-Sea, NR23 1AQ
Crabpot Books – Cley-next-the-SeaHigh St, Cley-next-the-Sea, NR25 7RN
Cranmer Country CottagesHome Farm, Cranmer, nr Fakenham NR21 9HYVisit >
Cromer Tourist Information CentreLouden Road, Cromer, NR27 9EFVisit >
Drove Orchards Farm ShopThornham Road, Thornham, PE36 6LSVisit >
Groundwork Gallery17 Purfleet St, King's Lynn, PE30 1ERVisit >
Hawk & Owl Trust, Sculthorpe Moor Nature ReserveTurf Moor Rd, Sculthorpe, nr Fakenham, NR21 9GNVisit >
Holkham Estate - Courtyard Gift ShopHolkham Hall, Wells-next-the-Sea, NR23 1ABVisit >
Jarrold Department Store1-2 London Street, Norwich, NR2 1JFVisit >
Natural Surroundings LtdBayfield, Blakeney Road, Letheringsett, NR25 7JNVisit >
Norwich Castle MuseumNorfolk Museums Service, Shirehall, Market Avenue, Norwich NR1 3JQVisit >
Lynn MuseumMarket Street, King's Lynn, PE30 1NLVisit >
Cromer Museum4 Tucker St, Cromer NR27 9HBVisit >
Norfolk Wildlife Trust - Cley visitor centreNorfolk Wildlife Trust Cley Marshes, Cley-next-the-Sea, NR25 7SAVisit >
Norfolk Wildlife Trust - Holme DunesBroadwater Road, Holme-next-the-Sea, nr Hunstanton, PE36 6LQVisit >
Oundle Bookshop13 Market Place, Oundle, nr Peterborough, PE8 4BAVisit >
Paper-Klip33B Bridge Street, FakenhamVisit >
Pensthorpe Natural Park gift shopPensthorpe, Fakenham Road, Fakenham, NR21 0LNVisit >
RSPB TitchwellTitchwell Marsh, Main Rd, Titchwell, PE31 8BBVisit >
Sheringham Tourist Information CentreStation Approach, Sheringham, NR26 8RA
Stiffkey StoresOld Coach House, Wells Road, Stiffkey, NR231QH
The Barn at ArtemisWest Cottage, New Road, Cley-next-the-Sea, NR25 7RA
The Holt Bookshop10 Appleyard, Holt, NR25 6ARVisit >
Wells MaltingsThe Maltings, Staithe St, Wells-next-the-Sea NR23 1AN
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