Eastern England (obviously!) lies on the east coast. In the south, the coast faces The Netherlands, with the landscape being pretty similar: a pretty fix of low-lying marsh lands, the Norfolk and Suffolk broads and many windmills. Like The Netherlands, the land is prone to flooding, due to the flat lands (no hills!) though this is one of the driest areas of England. The very south of the area takes in the mostly rural county of Essex, which includes The Wash and and a lot of busy shipping areas.
Norfolk and Suffolk are two of the least-populated areas of England, very dry and very flat. If you fancy walking miles on sandy beaches to clear your head, start here. The beach huts are legendary (though some cost as much as a small house). And it’s a popular area for hiring a boat and enjoying the Broads for a week or two. Most are simply loch-free man-made waterways, and cover hundreds of square miles.
As you venture towards the north east, you reach the land of the seals! The east coast is famed for its beautiful sandy beaches. But as you leave Suffolk and Norfolk, the pretty pastel beach huts are replaced by more wild areas, home to basking seals, who must be left alone while they give birth to their furry pups. If you walk dogs on these coasts, keep them away from the pups & protective mothers.
As with all marine wildlife, seals are at danger from plastic waste, so take all your rubbish with you. No doubt those who rescue the seals do a good job. But because the seal sanctuaries are likely underfunded, visitors report that many seals (and other creatures) look sad and bored. The best way to help is to take your rubbish with you (including all fishing waste), use a Boodi ashtray on the beach if you smoke, and keep dogs away. Seal pups have also been found to be at risk from the toxic chemicals leaked into the sea, which find their way into mothers’ milk.