Anna Lloyd-Morell: Take the cutesy miniature railway from Wells-next-the-Sea harbour and you will arrive about a mile away at a vast, flat tract of sand sitting between marshland and high dunes covered in pine trees. The scent of evergreens mingles with the salt air, and a slight bluster makes the often sunny days more interesting.
The beach goes on for miles, eventually joining up with the even more magical Holkham.Flocks of seabirds mark the line between woodland and shore. The wildness of the terrain encourages the mind to float free on imaginings of Swallows and Amazons and pirate smugglers. The sea invites you to wade out for what seems like forever. Waist-high water gives way to sandbank, alternating for what seems like an age. This makes it very safe for swimming when the tide is in, provided you do not wade too far. If the tide is out, it is easy to wander far from the shore and get lost on the flats, digging for cockles or searching for swimmable depths, unaware of the time it takes to get back before the tide comes rushing in. This stretch of coast has quite unpredictable tides, and they can be strong, so enjoy the shallows when they are in, but be mindful of the erratic nature of this stretch of sea's depths.
There is a channel across the beach which is extremely dangerous when the tide is running as the current can be very strong. So be cautious.