The North Norfolk road trip

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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!

Cromer Pier: The start or end of the North Norfolk Road Trip, Cromer, Norfolk, England, UK

When planning this trip we had seen the ‘North Coast Road Trip‘ route on the Visit Norfolk site, so it was going to happen.

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.

Sheringham Station Sign, North Norfolk Road Trip, England, UK

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.

All aboard the North Norfolk Railway Line,  North Norfolk Road Trip, England, UK
John the Guard on the North Norfolk Railway Line,North Norfolk Road Trip, England, UK

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.

The platform of Sheringham Station, North Norfolk Road Trip, England, UK
On-board the North Norfolk Railway Line, North Norfolk Road Trip, England, UK

Tempting though it is to take the train to Holt, we’ve got a date with the road – another time.

Diesel and Steam, North Norfolk Road Trip, England, UK

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)

Moored up at Wells-next-the-Sea, North Norfolk Road Trip, England, UK

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.

Wells-next-the-Sea, Norfolk, England, Great Britain

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.

Lifeboats at Wells-next-the-Sea, North Norfolk Road Trip, England, UK

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.

The Quay at Wells-next-the-Sea, North Norfolk Road Trip, England, UK

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.

Crabs or Lobsters?, Norfolk, England, Great Britain

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.

A seafood platter, North Norfolk Road Trip, England, UK

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)

The shoreline at Old Hunstanton, North Norfolk Road Trip, England, Uk

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.

A shelter at Holt Station, North Norfolk Road Trip, England, UK

Remember Holt? The other end of the North Norfolk Railway, and a chance to catch the other end of the line.

Coming into Holt Station, North Norfolk Road Trip, England, UK
End of the line - Holt Station, North Norfolk Road Trip, England, UK

Ahhh, More steam trains…

It’s only 10 miles/17kms back to Cromer, and the promise of a Fish ‘n’ Chip supper.

Fish 'n' Chips at the end of the North Norfolk Road Trip, Cromer, Norfolk, England, UK

In Summary

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;

  • Cromer to Sheringham 4.4miles/7.1km
  • Sheringham to Wells-next-the-Sea 16.8miles/27km
  • Wells-next-the-Sea to Hunstanton 15.7miles/25.3km
  • Hunstanton to Holt 34miles/54.7km
  • Holt to Cromer 8.4miles/13.6km

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Moored up at Wells-next-the-Sea, North Norfolk Road Trip, England, UK

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Gary

Gary, the co-founder of Our World for You, was born and raised in London. An IT guy who likes to takes snaps. Along with Janis his partner, they have been travelling part time since 1995. In 2016, over a Sherry in Seville, they decided that enough was enough with suits. The decision was made to take their knowledge and experience to create a blog to inspire others to travel the world near and far.

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The North Norfolk road trip was last modified: July 11th, 2017 by Gary