Delving into a quiet corner of England
Norfolk is a county on the furthest reaches of our eastern coast – looking across towards the Netherlands.
Its relative lack of motorway infrastructure also means that is can be a peaceful region of the country. It can be the butt of some unfortunate jokes due to its perceived isolation from the rest of the UK.
What we know is the seclusion gives us places like Cromer, Wells-next-the-Sea & Sandringham.
Its county city of Norwich has a historic cathedral, and it also has a castle but other than that we are looking forward to learning more.
Norfolk is home to ‘The Broads’, an area of outstanding beauty with a mixture of waterways & lakes that form a national park. Ever popular with boaters, this should provide an idyllic backdrop.
As you travel around the coast, we’re expecting to find quaint seaside towns and scenic routes to create a pleasant road trip. There should be expanses of unspoilt cliffs & sweeping beaches.
Norfolk is renowned for being flat, so in some aspects, we may find similarities to our recent Dutch road trip.
We’re hoping to see some beautiful towns & villages as we head along the north Norfolk coast as part of this road trip.
History & Culture
Norwich, Norfolk’s county town, was awarded the UNESCO Creative City of Literature in 2012. Probably not unrelated Norwich was home to England’s first Public Library.
Therefore we have decided to make the city our base for two nights.
During the late Victorian era, Cromer expanded into a fully-fledged resort. Many of the Victorian period features, including its charming pier, with elegant promenade, remain.
Therefore we have chosen Cromer as our second destination.
Other places that feature are Great Yarmouth, a popular seaside destination that has seen vast changes over the years, Kings Lynn & Sandringham, the location of Sandringham House, a holiday home of Queen Elizabeth II. All of these we will try to reach on our road trip.
A helpful guide
I love nothing more than planning a trip through France and so often I use the DK Eyewitness books. I find them extremely informative, easy to follow and the pictures and maps tempt you into discovering more.
We used a previous version of this book to plan our French road trips, now you can grab the revised copy.
Being a coastal county, we can expect a fair share of lighthouses that used to protect shipping from the shoreline.
Further inland we’ll see more similarities with Holland. With windmills that used to provide the necessary drainage for the lowlands.
We are looking forward to discovering Norwich’s historic cathedral, famous Victorian arcade and cobbled lanes.
Cromer is known as the ‘Gem of the Norfolk Coast’, and one of its highlights is its Victorian pier.
The county is also known for its stonework; specifically, the flint cottages dotted across the countryside.
Food & Drink
The stand-out ingredient of the region is Cromer crab, but there’s plenty more besides. Being coastal we’re expecting some pretty fine fish ‘n’ chips – It doesn’t get better than eating a bag by the sea while fending off seagulls.
Gary likes to sample the local ales. Norfolk is no longer home to any major historical breweries. Like so many places it is popular with the craft brew movement. Let’s see what we find.
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