Minsmere and lunch at the Eel’s Foot Inn

Minsmere is the flagship reserve of the RSPB and well known for hosting the BBC’s Springwatch programmes. Whether or not you have any interest in birds, it’s a lovely place to visit and, if you are here when Springwatch is filming, it makes for a fascinating visit to see all the cables and cameras around, and there’s also a great pop-up café in the woods!


What to do: 

Explore the varied landscapes of the reserve and, depending on the time of year, looking for adders and listening for bitterns and cuckoos. Head down towards the beach and clamber over the dunes to take in the glory of the North Sea


Worth a trip at any time of the day or season, allow a minimum of 2-3 hours just to explore the reserve which includes marshes, beach, lagoons, woodland, amazing bird hides (including the Tree Top Hide which looks like it should feature in The Magic Far Away Tree!); there's plenty here to keep chlldren entertained and during the summer holidays there are masses of special events, including disecting owl pellets and ringing birds! There’s a good café where you can sit and watch birds on the feeders or if you fancy a leg-stretch head out to The Eels Foot Inn at Eastbridge for lunch . An easy circular walk, mainly off-road, this is a lovely pub, great food, very welcoming and plenty of seating indoors and out. To get to the Eel’s Foot from inside the Minsmere reserve, follow the signs to the Sluice and then pick up the footpath heading south west over the fields to the village of Eastbridge (your day pass to Minsmere allows you to go on and off site so no need to worry about getting back in again). When you’re ready to return to Minsmere after lunch, turn right along the lane as you leave the pub and follow it round back into the reserve.