A bijou Norfolk road trip to say the least
I feel a little bit of a fraud calling this a road trip. In my mind, a road trip is something of epic proportions, but then I suppose that would be an ‘Epic Road Trip’.
This Norfolk road trip was four nights, so not too grand, but it did have some epic moments.
So from our home in the southeast of the UK, we joined the dreaded London orbital, the M25 and headed north, starting with the pinch-point of the Dartford Crossing.
All of this is very familiar territory for me. Experience determined a delayed start, avoid the rush hour (s). Our first overnight stop was to be Norwich.
But we had plans before that.
Our Norfolk road trip inspiration was clear
The Landscape - the 'Broads', the beaches and coastline to name but a few.
History & Culture - What did Norfolk have to offer?
The architecture - The Cathedral, the castle & the Royal Arcade.
& Food & Drink - Cromer Crab, Fish 'n' Chips and a drop or two of the local brews.
From the Norfolk coast to the City of NorwichLeaving Great Yarmouth heading inland
One of the many things the county of Norfolk is known for is the Broads. For those that don’t know the Broads National park, it’s an area of mainly historical human-made waterways, created by flooding peat workings. Today it is an area of outstanding national beauty. It’s best explored by boat, on foot or by bike.
So that’s a whole new adventure, and when planning this one, we knew we had to leave out. We could not do it justice.
So, the road trip route from Great Yarmouth to Norwich touched on the Broads as we travelled along the A47, before arriving at Norfolk's county town. The distance is only 22miles/35 km, so takes no time at all before we arrive at the Maids Head Hotel.
With the car parked up, we set out to explore the Heart of Norfolk.
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On to the Gem of the Norfolk coastOff to Cromer via the Broads
Where we stayed
For our time in Norwich, we stayed at the Maids Head Hotel which offered, comfortable rooms, fine dining, a quiet bar and ample off-street parking. We'd recommend it.
We then headed onto Cromer and stayed at the Cliftonville Hotel, A charming hotel, with the feel of a bygone era, friendly staff and excellent access to Cromer.
We have a new little book on our shelves that we delve into when we're heading to the coast.
Packed full of historical facts, and broken down into the different counties of England. It tells tales of the history of the shoreline that surrounds our country.
Available in Kindle & Hardback editions, it's an excellent addition to anyone's collection who loves the English seaside.
But that was not all for the Norfolk road trip itineraryKings Lynn, Sandringham & home
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)
Our Norfolk road trip itinerary
A little more of Norfolk
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