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There is also a bicycle hire shop on site, which can supply bikes for children as well as adults. Our seven year old used her own bike, and the four year old had a tag along trailer which fitted on to the back of mine, which was a great success and meant we could cover more ground than we could using a child's bike with stabilisers.

Norfolk is a great place to cycle as it's generally so flat. This is true of Kelling Heath, and most of the roads and pathways are quiet enough to cycle along calmly, even with children. It's worth taking guidance from the owners of the shop, however, on which routes to take, as there are exceptions. Areas of the heath nearest the coast are deceptively hilly we ended up having to push our bicycles up and down some very steep inclines and the only way of getting into the nearest town, Holt, involves negotiating a busy road.

Perhaps most valuably, as a parent of two easily bored children, there is an excellent programme of activities linked to the local wildlife, including bat watching, pond dipping and small mammal trapping. In the summer this is expanded to include various crafts and sporting activities too. The price of some of these activities, as well as use of the swimming pool and gym, tends not to be included in the various accommodation packages on offer, but they are worth signing up for, despite the extra cost.

The indoor pool at Kelling Heath

We spent a happy couple of hours learning about the mammals that can be found on the heath and went out with a local conservationist who had laid small traps earlier in the day to see if any had been tempted inside. It was a good day, it seemed; five out of six contained a small trophy, from field mice to voles, which snuffled around a bit so we could get a look at them before scuttling off into the undergrowth.

From Kelling Heath it is a few minutes in the car or alternatively a rather hilly walk down to the nearest bit of coast, at Weybourne, which has a stony beach where the children played happily despite a gusting wind for a couple of hours. There was a line of hardy fishermen to watch, and various coves to play in and in summer the paddling is great, unlike many parts bvlgari rose gold necklace fake of the north Norfolk coastline where you have to walk for miles to find the sea. The Victorian pleasures of Cromer and Sheringham complete with fish and chip shops and pitch and putt courses are also only a short ride car ride away, as are the sandy beaches of Overstrand.

Visitors to Kelling Heath have a choice between woodland lodges, of which there are only a handful, all of them newly constructed, and static caravans (or "luxury holiday homes", as they are described in the brochure) which come in various sizes and make up the bulk of the accommodation. You can also camp, or park a touring caravan.

Our cabin was cosy, with two small bedrooms, a living area including kitchen and living room, and a small outside terrace, and had been so recently built you could almost smell the paint. We were very happy staying bulgari necklace fake there for a weekend, but felt it could soon become cramped if you stayed for much longer, especially as there was little space for the children to play in right outside the lodge. One of the three bedroom cabins would have given us more elbow room.

A good point of comparison might copy bulgari necklace be with Sandy Balls Holiday Village in the New Forest, which is built on a similar model, around a purpose built "village" with leisure facilities, restaurants, indoor and outdoor pools and organised children's activities, which this year include falconry, hawk walks and Segway rides. It also offers proximity to stunning walks in the New Forest and along the river Avon, which runs along the bottom of the site, and, and there is the added attraction knock off bvlgari rose gold necklace of an indoor play area, which, though dated is undeniably popular with the under fives.

Like Kelling Heath, it has the feel of a smaller, more charming version of Center Parcs. Perhaps it shows its age a bit as it was built several years ago, but the reasonable prices reflect this.

The important point that unites Sandy Balls and Kelling Heath is that they both, in slightly different ways, offer a springboard to take children into the heart of the English countryside, on foot, along rivers or coast, or by bicycle. If you want to be pampered, look elsewhere. But if you seek a few days in lovely surroundings with plenty to keep the family occupied, either will do very well indeed.

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