A view of Norwich Cathedral across a green field from the path that runs along the River Wensum

The inspiration behind a tour of Norfolk

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Delving into a quiet corner of England

Norfolk is a county on the furthest reaches of our eastern coast - looking across towards the Netherlands.

A view of Norwich Cathedral across a green field from the path that runs along the River Wensum

A view of Norwich Cathedral

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.

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What we know is the seclusion gives us places like Cromer, Wells-next-the-Sea & Sandringham.
 
Its county town of Norwich has a historic cathedral, and it also has a castle but other than that we are looking forward to learning more.

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Landscape

Norfolk is home to 'The Broads', and 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.

Pleasure boats navigating the Norfolk Broads at Wroxham, Norfolk

Wroxham on the Norfolk Broads

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.

A deckchair hut on the golden sands of Great Yarmouth beach in the county of Norfolk, England

The golden sands of Great Yarmouth, Norfolk

Norfolk is renowned for being flat, so in some aspects, we may find similarities to our recent Dutch road trip.

Small boats on the sand at Wells-next-the-Sea at low-tide under a beautiful blue sky in Norfolk

Wells-next-the-Sea, North Norfolk

We're hoping to see some beautiful towns & villages as we head along the north Norfolk coast as part of this road trip.

Further reading

If you're intrigued by Norfolk, a UK county with an interesting past, then wy not check out  "The Little Book of Norfolk".  Full of facts and obscure information. It's a fun read on the region.

You can pick it up for your Kindle or in good old hardcover. (Depending on region)


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.

A vintage styled shot of a cobbled lane in Elm Hill,  in the city of Norwich, Norfolk, England

Elm Hill, Norwich

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.

Colourful terraced houses in Jetty Street, Cromer, Norfolk

Jetty Street in Cromer

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.
The rear of Sandringham House across the well-manicured lawns, under blue skies, on a beautiful day in Norfolk.

Sandringham House, Norfolk

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Architecture

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.

Abbeyfield House, a flint built, former clergy building, in the grounds of Norwich Cathedral, Norfolk

Abbeyfield House, Norwich

Cromer is known as the 'Gem of the Norfolk Coast', and one of its highlights is its Victorian pier.

An off-centre view of Cromer Pier from the coastal path on a beautiful sunny day with blue skies.  You can clearly see the wrought-iron framework and the Pavillion Theatre at the end

Cromer Pier, Norfolk

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.

A plate of Fish 'n' Chips at No1, Cromer, with a generous portion of battered cod atop golden chips, garnished with a lemon and a sprig of parsley

Fish 'n' Chips in Norfolk

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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Visited Norfolk, or do you live in this beautiful county?  What are your highlights?

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Janis

Janis, the co-founder of Our World for You, was born in London and raised in Kent and the Isle of Wight. Along with Gary her partner, they have been travelling part time since 1995. In 2016, they decided that enough was enough with the 9 to 5, so armed with the knowledge and experience that they had gained on their adventures, that they wanted to inspire others to travel the world near and far.

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