A bijou 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 trip was four nights, so not too grand, but it did have some epic moments.
So from our home in the south east 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 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.
So after crossing the M25 we opted to take the slightly slower, but less motorway intensive route of the A12 to Lowestoft before crossing over to the county of Norfolk at Great Yarmouth
From the beach to the City
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 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.
We also took the time to discover the Norwich 12 and fell in love with the city. One thing you notice is they like a church!
Those two days & nights flew by.
On to the Gem of the Norfolk coast
We left Norwich with heavy hearts, we could have spent more time there, but we had roads to travel.
We set off from Norwich in the direction of Wroxham, on the edge of the Broads before heading into Horning. This is beautiful countryside, but the sea was calling, so we headed up towards Mundesley.
It’s then a short hop along the coast to Cromer.
Including our detours, we had covered 37 miles/60kms before we arrived at our second destination on the north Norfolk coast, the self-proclaimed ‘Gem of the Norfolk Coast‘.
But that was not all
No, we still had the day to return home, and from Norfolk’s North West town of King’s Lynn, it’s only just over 120miles/200km.
Well, it would be if it wasn’t a Friday before a Holiday weekend, and we weren’t tackling the M25 & the Dartford Crossing…
Lunch: Fish ‘n’ Chips at The Corner
On to Norwich, take in a bit of the Broads (20miles/33km)
Maids Head Hotel
Refreshments at the Adam & Eve, Norwich’s oldest pub – nice place.
Dinner: Prime – great food, great evening.
Explore Norwich – The Heart of Norfolk
A quick pitstop at the Red Lion. Lovely riverside pub with a traditional menu.
A final stop at St Andrews Brew House – a great brew house, with a tempting looking restaurant – if only we had one more night.
Dinner: The WinePress at the Maids Head Hotel – good, but not great.
Maids Head Hotel
On to Cromer, The Gem of the Norfolk Coast, via Wroxham & Hickling before heading to Mundesley.
A swift half at the Red Lion, great pub – and they also have a restaurant.
Dinner: Guess what – after a wander around a little more we return to the Red Lion. Great meal, staff are so friendly.
Off to explore the The North Norfolk Coastal route (79.2miles/128kms)
Lunch: Wells Crab House at Wells-next-the-Sea – fabulous Seafood platter.
Dinner: Fish ‘n’ Chip supper at No1 Cromer. Nice food with a great view.
Off to King’s Lynn (44.5miles/72km)
Explore King’s Lynn
A short drive to the royal residence at Sandringham. (8miles/13km)
Get stuck in traffic travelling south on the M25 before the Dartford crossing – Whose idea to tackle this journey on a Friday, before a Holiday weekend?
Inspired to visit Norfolk?
Why wouldn’t you be? As well as our choices of Norwich & Cromer, there’s plenty of other places out there depending on your requirement.
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