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Norfolk's most amazing beaches
Brancaster beach (Photo: Steve Appleyard)
Brancaster beach is part of Norfolk's beautiful coastline

Steve Appleyard, from East Runton near Cromer, spent the summer of 2008 on the Norfolk coast researching his book about the county's beaches.

The guide, featuring more than 500 pictures, takes readers on a journey around the 90 mile Norfolk coastline.

"There are shingle beaches, cliffs, bird reserves and each has something special to offer," said Steve.

In 2007, 14 beaches in the East received blue flag status including beaches in Cromer and Sheringham.

Steve, 63, and his wife Alyson took on the project when they realised gardening just wasn't enough for them.

"I needed a project and living on the coast at East Runton and having visited a few of the county's other beaches, I thought a guide book would be a good thing," said Steve.

The grandchildren joined them on the days out and feature in many of the photographs are included in the guide.

"We all had a great time and I think the photographs reflect that.

"We'd like people to use the book before planning any day out on the Norfolk coast. It could be left in the car or put in a rucksack," said Steve.

Steve Appleyard
Steve spends much of his time on Norfolk's beaches

The report on each beach covers two pages and includes pictures of the Appleyard family's days out.

There is also a write up about the facilities, such as car parking and tourist attractions.

Mad ideas

While many authors cite family as an inspiration for books, Steve's family were not sure about his quest to search out Norfolk's finest beaches.

"They thought this was just dad or granddad and another of his mad ideas, but as they feature in many of the photographs in the book, they're now quite excited and think maybe it wasn't such a mad idea!" said Steve.

Despite not being an expert in photography, Steve is a massive fan of digital photography.

"I like taking holiday photographs like everyone else, but digital cameras and editing software are so good these days, they can turn anyone into a photographer," he said.

Steve is so happy with the outcome, his company Red Flannel Publishing is already planning another book.

"The family will again be recruited to help in this new project. It will look at 70 things for children to do in Norfolk," he said.

"As well as paid attractions, it will include many free things such as crabbing off Cromer Pier," he added.

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