Tuesday, 30 July 2013

Norfolk Road Trip Challenge




Well another blogger challenge and one that is right up my street or should I say 'road' 

Money Supermarket challenged me to go on a great road trip somewhere relatively local to where I live?

We live in East Anglia and its pretty easy to find some great spots to visit. My favourite people to accompany me on my trip have to be Chris,Paige and Conor.

I am a real lover of being by water so a day out is usually to a lake riverside or the sea.

Our favourite seaside haunt is  Wells-Next-The Sea and Holkham.Wells is  a small fishing town on the Norfolk coast. We head out really early as the road can get very busy and we also like to pack a whole day in,stopping on the way for a drink and nosy round.



Once off the  A47at Kings Lynn, we are onto the Cromer road (A148),a lot of people head for Cromer and onto Great Yarmouth but we are going for a place that is quaint, still feels like a vintage seaside place, yet has had a big regeneration in the last year,I'm secretly hoping not too many people find it!!



On our way we pass by cute cobbled stone covered cottages and pubs and past the gates to the back of Sandringham,the queen knows well the beauty of this area. 

We finally reach the turn off for Wells, it passes by the place that is pilgrimage to many people Walsingham, now I must admit to not knowing much more than way back in the 11th century a lady had a vision where she saw Nazareth and was asked to build a replica.Walsinghamis still known as  Englands Nazareth.

I'm not sure what you believe, for some the shrine will be a place to pray and meditate, but whatever you think, the village itself is just so pretty, the cottages worth a look at.  

Finally we arrive we always are torn whether to stop in the town and get the little railway up to the beach,or walk the top of the harbour,it varies depending on weather and tired legs.



Once at the beach its just a sight to see, the skies seems to go on forever here too, the sea comes in and leaves a channel of water not very deep and is where Paige learnt to swim,which makes it her favourite local beach also.



The beach has many unusual features,sand dunes are common to a lot of beaches, however here there are long wide channels of sand with dunes on either side you can climb great mountainous flat sand banks and sit and look down on the sea. 

The water comes around both sides (making the safe swimming channel) the flat banks  make for fab sliding games. To the left of the picture above is Holkham Nature reserve.



  The reserve is usually our first port of call,  now this is not some yawn making place, again there are huge dunes set in a woodland of trees, its a fab place to get out of the sun or rain as is sometimes the case. The start of Wells beach and reserve has cute little beach huts, and as  you climb the views out to the sea are cool.Its a long way off and we know that by evening it will be all the way into to the harbour where we will be crabbing!



But first we have to hunt out the butterflies strange shape trees to climb and the all important rope swings! 



The rope swings, I think local children dot them around, they are serious fun and we all spend quite a while here.

After a walk continuing up through the woods you reach Holkham Beach looking back to Wells you can make out the channel and beach dune now!  Its famous as the beach Gwyneth Paltrow walked on in Shakespeare in Love and apparently its a naturist beach,but we have never seen any hairy butts so all good!



Time to head into the town to grab fish and chips at Plattens (our favorite and  just been finallists in the Fish and Chip Quality awards. They are seriously good here.Locally caught and fresh from the fishing boats. 

Then its time to hit the penny arcades and then a spot of crabbing.



Finally we head  off home, we usually go the long way back through Hunstanton and via the front of the Sandringham estate. Time for a snooze in the back!

Hope you enjoyed my road trip,it may not be Route 66 but I promise you do get kicks!! 


I have taken part in the MoneySupermarket.com £50 Road Trip challenge and was given £50 to fill our tank for our trip.

http://www.moneysupermarket.com/car-insurance/competitions/£50-road-trip-challenge/

31 comments:

  1. Awww so not fair taking pictures of people asleep *sniggers* Looks like some lovely places to visit :)

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    1. I sniggered,I resisted the one where she had her mouth open,the best road trips pics are of people asleep!

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  2. Lol @ Cheryl's comment, I agree with her.
    I am so enjoying reading all the different trips and destinations. Have added the link to your post on mine!

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    1. Yes I am loving the trip around our country!

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  3. Ha ha great minds think alike! I'm taking part in this too and have planned my trip to Sandringham, Hunstanton and Wells for Friday! Your post makes me even more excited for my road trip :)

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    1. Yay can't wait to see yours,I love the area!

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  4. That beach looks lovely and those beach huts are so cute!

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    1. Its a lovely beach,you can sit in the crowds or get off to a spot all by yourself,really great place to be.

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  5. I've been there a couple of times and absolutely loved it - was pre kids so I want to go bag with the munchkins next :)

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    1. Its so great for children,the little train is so cheap to get from town to beach. A fab children's amusements still there lots of great games. A big play park and boating lake. All in walking distance. You must takethe kids.

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  6. I've not been on the roads there - but on the broads and they were fantastic!

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    1. I have only been on the broads once,they are beautiful

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  7. Went to Wells a couple of years ago and found it a great place for families. I didn't see any tree swings, wish I had, they look fun!

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    1. They are especially for the grownups! ;)

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  8. this inspires me to get out with the kids- just wish the rain would stop!

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  9. You have inspired me to go back! Passing through King's Lynn on the way down....ahhh! The best holidays are here in the UK!

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    1. Its such a good day out and agreed our land has some fab places.

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  10. Visited The Real Ale Shop, Branthill Farm (have the leaflet) and our car was loaded down with boxes and boxes of beer!!

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    1. Ooh missed that one, now Chris would love that,off to have a google.

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  11. I've been to Walsingham, it really is lovely!

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    1. It is a really pretty place to wander around. Love Holkham too.

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  12. I live quite a way from that area but its looks lovely and I hope to go one day

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    1. Hope you can get there,its a nice corner of England!

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  13. Wow, it looks like you had some fun

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    1. It is pretty,we kind of take it for granted,it being our nearest beach,I wish we lived closer to the sea.

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  15. The butterflies were beautiful. A lovely part of the country for a short break.

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