Originally a harbour village, Thornham is situated between Titchwell and Holme. About an hour’s drive from Norwich, main access is by the A149 coast road.
Thornham has many famed points of interest, one being Coal Barn, which was used as Pip’s house in a BBC production of Great Expectations. A notable focal point on the raw, natural landscape it is the only visible solid structure for several miles, and is subsequently said to be one of the most largely photographed buildings in England.
The beach at Thornham is accessed via a walkway flanked by the old windmill that occupies its position as if standing guard. Thornham has very strong military links and World War II ammunition is still found on the beach. There are a number of mud flats and salt marshes, which are protected as part of a nature reserve (The mud on Thornham beach is famous, said to possess healing properties). The dunes and marshes are perfect places to explore.
It should be noted that Thornham is also home to an extreme tidal system, which leaves the area difficult to walk along at some times.
Thornham village is permeated with history and local myths of smugglers offloading their contraband along the secluded beaches.
There are a number of fabulous places to stay, and the beautiful old streets make a stay in Thornham delightful for any traveller, be they nature-lover or historian.
Recommended places to visit in and around Thornham: