by Janis on 31st May 2017 / 0 comments

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 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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Where is Norfolk?

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Norfolk's Landscape

A beautiful county
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.

Tourist Information

If you're tempted by the beautiful English county of Norfolk and its incredible far-reaching coastline take a look at the 'Visit Norfolk' official website.
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.

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History & Culture

With Norwich; A City of Stories

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.

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Elm Hill, Norwich
Colourful terraced houses in Jetty Street, Cromer, Norfolk
Jetty Street in Cromer

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.

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

If you're intrigued by Norfolk, a UK county with an interesting past, then why 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)

Norfolk's 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.

Escape for a few days

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A taste of Norfolk

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.

Have You?

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

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