My Norfolk – Jon Brown

Jon has been involved in fishing and nature conservation for over 45 years in Brancaster Staithe; an interest kindled by his grandfather who was a mussel/whelk fisherman and Bob Chestney who was the warden at Scolt Head during his childhood. Five years ago Jon and his wife Judith set up Branta Cruises offering intimate and personalised tours around Brancaster Staithe Harbour and Scolt Head Island in their boat Laura May.

Favourite shop

Leftleys at Burnham Deepdale, friendly staff and all you need on your doorstep.

Favourite eatery

The Dabbling Duck at Great Massingham, a quiet corner of Norfolk.

Favourite walk

Along the northern edge of Barrow Common, Brancaster Staithe, with views west to Boston Stump, east to Blakeney Point and Scolt Head to the north.

Favourite beach

Scolt Head Island.

Favourite pub

The Lord Nelson, Burnham Thorpe, in quiet times you can imagine Nelson himself coming in for a nice pint of Abbot Ale.

Favourite memory

Transporting a stranded porpoise across Scolt Head to the open sea, having to wade out, waist deep, through the surf in freezing cold March seawater.

Reason to visit

A lovely remote part of the North Norfolk coast.

Best of all

Thanks to the foresight of those who acquired Scolt Head Island nearly 100 years ago this remains a safe haven for us and wildlife.


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