Many people envisage that a walk on the North Norfolk coast will always involve a large expanse of sand and the tide gently lapping against the dunes. Just a short hop from Anna’s House you will find a place to explore that has been a favourite with locals for generations. Ringstead Downs is a 17-acre biological Site of Special Scientific Interest and includes a 30 acre site designated for it’s Outstanding Natural Beauty. The Ringstead Downs nature reserve is managed by the Wild Life Trust .
This is a dry chalk valley which was carved out by glacial meltwaters It is species-rich as it has never been ploughed, and it is the largest surviving area of chalk downland surviving in the county. The butterflies are diverse. A footpath between Ringstead and Downs Road in Hunstanton goes through the reserve. It is an amazing quirk of nature as the valley rises to each side. A walk in the countryside that will stay with you for many years.
Ringstead Downs is just a 5 minute drive from Anna’s House and takes about an hour to explore. You could include the Downs in a circular route from Anna’s heading to Ringstead, The Downs, Old Hunstanton and then Holmes Dunes to Thornham. It would be a good day of walking!