Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Off to Cromer

Off on our hols again, this time to Cromer, a place neither of us have ever been to. I last came to Norfolk on holiday when I was a teenager I think when we hired a boat on the Norfolk Broads. So, Cromer Country Club is our home for the next week, and here's a diary of our week.


Set of around 1030, surprisingly early for us. And a good drive all the way to Kings Lynn with no traffic. At aroud 1330 we decided we needed lunch, but suddenly all the pubs and stops disappeared. With the help of our satnav we found The Green Man just outside Fakenham. Disappointed that they were only doing Sunday roast, we were very impressed with landlady who offered us a Cromer crab salad instead. And it was magnificent!


Arrived in Cromer late afternoon, and as we'd both been sitting in a car for nearly 4 hours decided we had to get out steps,up somehow, som went to explore the resort and where we were in relation to Cromer. At the top of the resort we found a lighthouse

And soon realised we had fantastic views of the beach

Walked along the cliff path, and saw Cromer pier appear in the distance.

Walked right down into the town, had a bit of a look round and walked back. In time for a Whiskey Mac, and some nibbles before going to the onsite restuarant for a meal. This time I gave in and had a proper Sunday roast!


Short drive to Sheringham in the morning and hopped on a steam train to Holt.

Lovely journey, and even I was impressed that we passed a train called The Black Prince!


I love these restored lines, and the beautifully preserved stations


When we got to Holt it was quite a walk into town, about 30 minutes, but quite a pleasant walk, past Greshams School, which is enormous. Despite the forecast, it was dry, and Holt was lovely. Full of Georgian buildings

And so many shops, many of them in little squares

The first shop we went in was an Adnams shop. I knew they made beer, but didn't realise they also had a distillery, and the lovely man in the shop made sure I tasted all of their gin, vodka and liqueurs. Felt quite tipsy afterwards! Spent the morning walking round the lovely town and shoppes, and went for lunch in Byfords which is apparently quite famous.

Couldn't resist their fish platter - and a glass of wine of course!

When we came out it was throwing it down, so instead of walking back to the station we deiced to catch a bus or get a cab. That was a bit of a challenge. But we eventually got a cab and caught our train, and watched the rain on the way back.

Made it back to our little apartment in time for a whisky Mac and Pointless, which I think might become a bit of a recurring theme! Needed to do some steps so went for a walk in the rain, but On the plus side managed to find a little shop selling ice!

Dinner was in the onsite restuarant again, and then we watched a film over our night caps.


Another late morning, just catching up on sleep, and we went to Felbrigg Hall, a National Trust property. Had to do a detour back to the house as Stuart had forgotten his membership card, but got in eventually. What a lovely place it was.

The house was decorated for Harvest time, and had lots of flowers and fruit everywhere


Fter the house we went for a walk round the gardens, which included an amazing walled garden which has been lovingly restored.

After lunch in the cafe, and you can't beat a National Trust cafe, we went for a walk round the park, and found a tiny church which had an interior a little like Whitby Church, with individual areas for parishioners to sit, and a bonus of beautiful brass plaques in the floor which had been carefully covered with carpet which you had to roll back to see them.


Then we walked to the lake and passed a flock of goldfinches feeding on thistle seeds, and saw many water birds on the lake.

On the way back we passed a Sessile Oak. Not sure what it is, but very old, and hollow.

Again, very lucky with the weather, didn't get wet at all, and even after calling at a supermarket for essential supplies, got back in time for Whiskey Mac and Pointless!

Watched the last ever New Trickes and feasted on jacket potatoes, cheese, beans and sausages. Our main staple meal in the middle of a holiday!

As I type this, Stuart has decided he hasn't done enough steps, and as it's now raining outside, is walking round and round the room... I'm just about to pour another glass of wine!























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