Norfolk

Norfolk

Grey Heron, Ardea cinerea on a canal boat
Grey Heron on a canal boat

The weather has been so wet over the summer so far, and we have had so many problems with wet fields and getting stuck we decide to look at the weather forecast and go to where ever had the best forecast, Norfolk won.

We left home around 10.15 am. Stopped for lunch at a motorway services area on the M4 and got legally mugged by a Hari Krishna monk. I bought a couple of books from him for £5 which turned out to be badly written and very repetitive. We arrived at our overnight spot beside the canal in Milton Keynes at 4.45, 245 miles from home it’s a lovely spot right next to the canal. We had a roast for dinner and watched the boats going past whilst eating. After dinner we went for a walk along the canal, very pretty we saw lots of herons, baby moorhens, swans and ducks it was a very warm evening we walked a 4 mile round trip and it was almost dark by the time we got back to the van, everyone was tired after a long day so we had an early night.

13th, I woke at 6 am but the sky was grey so I went back to sleep till 8 am. Walked along the canal to get a photo of the avenue of trees in the park, saw lots of herons and played peek-a-boo with a squirrel who didn’t want his picture taken. After breakfast, we drove to Norfolk and stopped at ASDA just outside King’s Lynn to get some food so we wouldn’t have to worry about finding a supermarket for the next few days. We drove around for a while to find somewhere to stay for the night for free but we had no luck and I’d had enough driving for one day so booked into a CL site, Holy Tree Cottage at stanhoe which is a nice site with a large grass area surrounded by trees but nowhere to walk, £12 per night with electric. Light rain all evening.

Norfolk Lavender
Norfolk Lavender

14th. Woke to heavy rain, clearing by 10.30 am and the sun was trying to come out. It turned out really hot and sunny later. We went to

We went to Burnham Market a pretty village with chaotic parking. Cars parked anywhere there is a space. Very upmarket shops with prices to match. We then drove to the beach at Holme-next-the-sea, but car park is the other side of the golf coarse.

We went on to Norfolk Lavender at Hecham a really nice place. Well worth a visit. its free to look around and you pay extra to go into the petting zoo. It has a great farm shop.

We then went to Hunstanton but we did not have enough time left to look around so coming back tomorrow. Parked on the cliff road and had an ice cream. We rang around for a CL site for the night. Snettisham Park, a deer farm were fully booked. However, allowed us to park in their overflow carpark, a big grassy field next to fields of sheep and is much better than the CL site. I saw un unusual shaped cloud and went to take a photo and ended up walking for miles around the roads and fields to the church which is a large church for such a small village. After tea, Serena and I went for a walk and then played games all evening.

15th  I went for a quick walk before breakfast to see if I could get a picture of the deer but no luck. Then I went into the site shop to book for another night and was told I had been overcharged the night before. It should have been £5 not the £8 I was charged. So was charged £3 for tonight so I still lost a pound.

We returned to Hunstanton and parked on the cliff road. It’s a great place to park with a large grass area and view out to sea and its free. We walked around the shops and bought a few things for the van including two deckchairs. Back to the van for lunch then we went for a walk along the promenade. Watched the duck amphibious vehicle that takes people out to see along the coast and back. It’s the biggest one I’ve seen. Took some photos of the pony rides on the beach it then started to rain so we headed back to the van. We drove to Heacham Head to see if it worth visiting tomorrow but there are height barriers on all the carparks. Back to site for tea and played games for the evening. Marisa got the lowest ever score on Yahtzee, 104.

Wells-Next-The-Sea beach, Norfolk.
Wells-Next-The-Sea beach, Norfolk.

16th. Woke up to blue sky and sunshine I went for a walk before breakfast. Filled the van’s water tank and then found out that the water has an unpleasant taste.

We went to Nelson’s birthplace at Burnham Thorpe. Had a look around the church where Nelson’s dad was the vicar and had a look at the pub. Not much else there so we went on to Wells-Next-The-Sea. A small town with tourist shops. It was very busy. We walk around the town and harbour. Had lunch in the van. Then walked to the beach, which is a mile away from the town along the estuary. A very pleasant walk or there is a little train.

It has a very large beach with hundreds of beach huts on stilts all unique. They are the best and prettiest beach huts I’ve seen. I would like to come back at dawn and get a really good picture, maybe next time. Found a CL site for the night in Holt, 17 Clay Road. A nice site £11 with electric. We all had showers to make the most of the electric. I was last and the water ran out half way through my shower. Never shower after three girls!

I rang around to book CL sites for the next few days over the week end. Everywhere is booked up. Eventually found a site near Burgh Castle at Great Yarmouth.

Cromer Pier, Norfolk
Cromer Pier, Norfolk

17th. We stopped at Cley-next-the-sea to get a photo of the windmill then on to Cromer. Parked in the cliff top carpark £4.80 for four hours. Walked dawn the path along the cliffs, a great view of the pier. We looked around the shops and walked along the beach. It is really hot and the sea is a lovely shade of blue/green and looks very inviting. Would love a swim. We walked around the pier then the girls had a slushie with icecream in it. Serena had cockles and I had crayfish tails. Then up the 99 steps to the top of the cliff and back to the van.

We drove to the CL site just outside Great Yarmouth near Burgh Castle. Bremer Pony Stud, a lovely quiet field surrounded by more fields booked in for two days but might extend it to four if we can. Serena doing some washing so we should have enough clothes to last until the end of our holiday. I had a chat with the owner of the site. A lovely old chap, he opened the site in 1969. I filled the water and chatted to another camper who was on his own. After tea, Serena and I went for a walk. We didn’t find the path to the river so came back, played games and had an early night.

Roman Fort, Burgh Castle, Norfolk
Roman Fort, Burgh Castle, Norfolk

18th. Girls had a bit of a lay in, very hot and sunny day today. Serena and I went for a walk and found the right path. walked along the river to Burgh Castle. An old Roman fort. It’s very impressive with good views of the Berney Arms Windmill across the river. Lots of sail boats going past. Some excellent walks in the area. Popped into a shop on holiday park to get some chemicals for the toilet. We also picked up a good map of the area and some food.

Had lunch and waited for the heat of the day to reduce a bit then went for another walk past the castle. It was still too hot so we came back with a quick stop at the shop for ice creams which the girls appreciated. After tea, we took the girls for a walk to see the castle. There was a lovely sunset with a pink tint to it.

19th. Woke to another stunning day. It was already hot by 8.30am. We had to go to ASDA to get some food. Bought BBQ meat and then found ASDA had stopped doing charcoal for this year. The middle of August and hot! So we had to go to Tesco’s as well.

Went onto Reedham, a difficult place to park but found a spot by the chain link ferry. We had lunch on the river bank and then walked along the river to the rail swing bridge at the other end. It rained for five minutes when we were half way. We waited for the train to cross the bridge so I could get a photo. Katie was bored but the rest of us enjoyed it.

When we arrived back at the campsite we found some gipsies had arrived. Two screaming kids, two barking dogs and a generator they ran continuously till 9 pm. Generators should be banned from campsites! We bought some ice in ASDA to cool the fridge so we had cold drinks which were really refreshing. I gave some to the old chap next to us in his caravan. Had a lovely BBQ and spent the evening playing games.

Horse and Carriage ride, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk
Horse and Carriage ride, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk

20th. Woke to a cloudy day with the sun trying to break through so fingers crossed it will improve. We went to Great Yarmouth the weather still a bit cloudy and hazy but very warm. Great Yarmouth was a bit disappointing. It was a big fair on the beach which is very run down. There weren’t even any nice touristy shops along the front. They do have donkey rides on the beach and horse-drawn carriage rides along the front. Had a walk along the beach so I cold try and get some photos of the wind farm out to sea. 

We stopped for ice creams then drove to Caister-on-sea. A nice beach but nothing else. I got some better pictures of the wind farm from here. I saw a seal but couldn’t get close enough to get a decent photo. On the way back we stopped off at Tesco’s to get some ice as the sun has come out to play. We also got some lemsip for Marisa as she is not feeling well. After tea, we saw some wild deer in the next field then Serena and I walked down to the river to watch the sunset.

21st August 2012 Woke to a cloudy day again but hopefully it will improve. We went to Wroxham it was very busy we went into Roys “The largest village store in the world” really a department store, we expect more shops for the capital of the broads. All the boat trips were fully booked which was disappointing, we walked through the park and found the Bure Valley steam railway and watched the engine being turned around on a turntable. We then went to Great Yarmouth so the girls could look around the shops, there are loads of them there we were all really tired by the time they had been in all of them, We had Tesco’s chicken breasts in madira sauce for tea, this is my favourite pre-made dinner from any supermarket if you are looking for something quick I would recommend this.

Common Seal,
Common Seal,

22nd. We woke to glorious sunshine but a cool wind, We went to see the Horsey Windpump, we went inside and up to the top it is a restore windpump with lots of information around the walls and a great view from the top well worth going to. Serena and I went for a walk along the waters edge whilst the girls had lunch, there are lots of nice paths to follow around here then back to the van for a quick bite to eat and then we all walked to the beach to see the seals. A really nice beach fine sand and few people there, walked along untill we found the seals there was over a hunderd laid on the beach a fantastic sight to see, I took lots of pictures we all really enjoyed the day.

23rd. Another beautiful day. I went for a walk down to the river, around to the village then back to the van. It was further than I thought it would be. After breakfast saw some wild deer.Went to the shops to get Marisa some throat spray she’s still not feeling well then drove on to CL site at Wayford Bridge.

A nice well laid out site a short walk to the river but you can’t walk far along it here. Had lunch then Serena and I went for a walk and checked the prices of hiring a canoe or boat for tomorrow. Back to the van to check the map and then another walk to find Moy’s drainage mill. It turned out to be a derelict small building. It was a lovely walk there with a nice bit by the river with a couple of rowing boats and lots of small fish. Very picturesque. We saw highland cows in the field, Serena saw a frog so she’s happy, on the way back we stopped at a garage and bought ice-creams, after tea we played Cornish Monopoly which Marisa won.

Nik and Katie canoing on the broads
Nik and Katie canoing on the broads

24th. After breakfast we went to Potter Heigham Bridge and had a walk along the river, some very pretty riverside homes. We hoped to hire a couple of canoes but they were all booked out so we went to Hickling Broad and hired two, two man canoes, Serena and Marisa in one and Katie and I in the other one. We all had so much fun and well worth the £44 to hire them. Back to the campsite for tea and plan the route towards home for tomorrow. We were all really tired from the canoing its hard work than it looks so we had an early night.

25th. We woke up late at 8.45am to a beautiful day but heavy rain by lunchtime, we were on our way by then, we stopped at the supermarket to get some food and then headed for reading, queued for eight miles on the M25 we drove 223 miles to CL site at Bennets Wood Farm, up very narrow winding roads, then we got stuck on the grass luckily some off the other campers came to the rescue and pushed us out so many thanks to them. we parked on the small amount of hard standing in front of the barn, lovely views but raining. We had a roast for dinner and then played Monopoly which I won and Katie came second.

Slender-Tailed Meerkat
Slender-Tailed Meerkat

25th. I got up at 6.30am because the sun was shinning and I wanted to get some pictures of the view. I then went back to bed until 8.30am. We went to Beale Park Wildlife Park and Gardens which is just down the road, £27 for a family ticket. well worth the money, loads of lakes to walk around with many varities of waterbirds and some very large Koi Carp in the main pond. There are enclosures with birds, monkeys, mongoose, deer, goats, lemurs, meerkats and lots more, everyone really enjoyed the day. Back to the CL site for a leisurely afternoon but had to move so the farmer could put bales of hay in the barn, after dinner played Monopoly a long game but I won and Katie came second again.

26th. Went to pay and got a lecture from the owner about how I should have parked on the access road because I drive a campervan not a caravan, We wont be going back there. We then drove home, the end of a fabulous holiday.

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