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.
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.