A road trip within a road trip
We were having a spectacular time on our tour of Norfolk. Great Yarmouth had been great, we were spellbound with Norwich, and Cromer has beaten our expectations. Could this trip get any better?
Well simply put, yes!
The route runs from Hunstanton to Cromer or vice-versa. As we were based in Cromer, we set off in a westerly direction, along the A149.
Full steam ahead
The first stop came in no time, just under 5 miles after leaving Cromer, and you arrive at Sheringham. It’s a wonderful town on the coast, home to the Sheringham’ museum, but we’re here to fulfil a need for a little nostalgia.
You see Sheringham is one end of the line of the North Norfolk Railway, a historic service that runs a variety of steam & diesel locomotives.
The station is decked out in a period theme, and coupled with the smell of a coal-fired train can easily transport you to a bygone era.
Tempting though it is to take the train to Holt, we’ve got a date with the road – another time.
If you get time
Why not take a trip on the train, we would have if we’d allowed ourselves enough time.
The road beckons
So we continue our journey westwards, through Weybourne, Salthouse and Cley, passing the lighthouse on the way. It was slightly off-putting when you come across The Muckleburgh Military Collection, to see the armoured rocket launcher at the roadside.
Still, the rest of the scenery is in keeping with these lovely little villages. The flint cottages have stood the test of time, and on this glorious May day, the sun highlights the details.
Progress is leisurely; sure you can hustle along at 60mph/100kph between villages if you wanted to, but why would you? Enjoy the scenery.
The next stop
And we’ve rolled into Wells-next-the-Sea; yep, that’s the correct spelling, checked & double checked. There’s a car park next to the quay, so we pop in and drop anchor. (Oh really, there’s no need for naff nautical terms)
This place is stunning, folks are tucking into ice creams, as the sun beats down on us. On another day, in cooler weather, and the fish ‘n’ chip shop would be pulling in the crowds.
The harbour is a collection of boats, from those for pleasure to those for work, scouring the waters for the crabs this area is famous for.
There’s also the hero’s, the RNLI; these boats would have saved many a life over the years. However, the monument to eleven of the lifeboat ‘Eliza Adams’, who lost there lives in 1880, reminds us these waters can still be cruel.
As you stroll along the front you may notice folks sitting on the edge, buckets by their sides, trailing a line into the water – they’re crabbing, that’s trying to catch those prized crustaceans.
However, you won’t be competing with the professionals.
Have a go
If you want to try your hand at Crabbing, you will find the ‘kits’ available to buy along the front.
All that talk of food
And we have a bit of an appetite, so we seek out somewhere for a quick bite – the Wells Crab House catches our eye. Once inside & seated the seafood platter sounds tempting, so we order.
It was a mighty feast, a festival of fare from the sea. It seems fitting.
Plenty of Choice
We really enjoyed our lunch at the Wells Crab House. However, on the route there’s something for everyone. From perfect pubs, to coffee shops, tea houses, fine restaurants, or why not have a picnic on one of the beaches along the route?
But the road waits for no man (or woman)
We’re back on the road again, and we’re heading towards the Burnhams, that’s Burnham Overy Staithe, Burnham Deepdale, and a minor detour to see Burnham Market ( we skipped Burnham Overy Town & Burnham Thorpe)
In no time at all, we seem to arrive at Hunstanton and the end or start, of the route.
Now I have an idea
I could turn around and take the A149 easterly, and I do as far as Burnham Market, before detouring towards Fakenham. The plan is to pick-up the A148 towards Cromer, passing the charming sounding Little Snoring (No really, it’s a place – Us Brit’s are just so funny), before arriving at Holt.
Remember Holt? The other end of the North Norfolk Railway, and a chance to catch the other end of the line.
Ahhh, More steam trains…
It’s only 10 miles/17kms back to Cromer, and the promise of a Fish ‘n’ Chip supper.
We squeezed this trip into one day as part of a bigger road trip. You could easily take this at a more leisurely pace over a few days if you like. There’s plenty to see & do along the route.
The totals for the entire day were 79.2miles/128kms, broken down as follows;
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