More than just crab…
Our second base for our 5 day ‘Norfolk’ road trip, was in the quaint seaside town of Cromer. Perched at the top of the Norfolk coastline, this little town hasn’t lost its knotted handkerchief charm.
All quiet on the Cromer Pier
Benefit of the doubt
The pier at dusk
Cromer’s motto is “Gem of the Norfolk Coast’, which you’ll spot on signs around the town & proud of it they are.
Gem of the Norfolk Coast - Cromer
The elegant Cromer Pier
Cromer Pier & Pavillion Theatre
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You couldn’t visit Cromer and not mention the crab.
Cromer used to be a thriving fishing town, but unfortunately this has depleted over the years. However, it still upholds its reputation for its celebrated local crab, which is still caught and brought in by fishermen's boats daily.
Boats at dusk
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Amongst the lanes
Strolling around the cobbled lanes of Cromer was really intriguing, you felt like its old charm hadn’t left it.
Unknowing where the narrow lanes would lead you to, or to which little shop you would stumble upon.
Jetty Street in Cromer
Sunset over Cromer
We had seen Mr Skipper's work in Norwich; he was the architect behind some of the cities iconic buildings including the Royal Arcade and Norwich Union’s head office ‘Surrey House’.
The entrance to the Royal Arcade in Norwich
Now we were to discover that he was the brains behind the wonderfully imposing Hotel de Paris, sitting high above the pier commanding the top spot of the cliff top.
Hotel de Paris
A lighthouse has stood at Cromer since 1669, the current one which was built in 1833 stands ½ mile from the cliff edge as the previous lighthouse succumbed to the vigour’s of nature and fell into the sea in 1866.
The light in the present lighthouse stands 275 feet (84m) above sea level, however it wasn’t until June 1990 that the lighthouse was converted to automatic operation.
Finding the Lighthouse
The lighthouse tower is not open to the public, but you are able to wander around the area below it. We struggled to find signposts for it but found you can drive up to it through Cromer Country Club.
Then there were goats
Who knew….well apparently the herd of eight Bagot goats were brought in to nibble at undergrowth and keep the cliff top vegetation under control.
I had to double take, as it isn’t the usual sight you see in the seaside – donkeys ‘yes’, goats ‘no’.
I didn’t like to tell anyone, but I only counted seven.
Do I see goats?
Has to be done!
We venture passed the goats and down onto the seafront, only to be greeted by a row of colourful little beach huts.
The brightly coloured beach huts
Fish 'n' Chips at No1
It could be busy
Where we stayed
The Cliftonville Hotel
I have since found out that the architect George Skipper who I mentioned above, designed the façade of the hotel along with the main staircase, stained glass windows and a Minstrels’ Gallery.
The hotel also had plenty of on-site free parking.
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Taken in Cromer and enjoyed its quaint charm? Have you had the crab, but not visited its namesake. What's stopping you?
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