A line of colourful beach huts line the edge of the golden sands at Mundesley Beach on the North Norfolk Coastline

Our Norfolk Road Trip – The Itinerary

In Counties, Norfolk, Our Journeys, Road Trips, Trip-Types, UK Travel by Gary2 Comments

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.

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

The beach at Great Yarmouth

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.

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Our Inspiration was clear

You may have read our Inspiration post, the plans were;

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
The Britannia Pier, Great Yarmouth, with the golden sands in the foreground.

The Britannia Pier, 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.

The traditional Maids Head Hotel in Norwich

The Maids Head Hotel

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.

With the car parked up, we set out to explore the Heart of Norfolk.

Tables and benches outside the historical Adam & Eve Pub in Norwich

The Adam & Eve Pub, Norwich

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!
The church of St. Peter Hungate in the Tombland district of Norwich

St. Peter Hungate, Norwich

Those two days & nights flew by.

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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.
Pleasure boats navigating the Norfolk Broads at Wroxham, Norfolk

Wroxham on the Norfolk Broads

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.
A line of colourful beach huts line the edge of the golden sands at Mundesley Beach on the North Norfolk Coastline

Mundesley Beach, North Norfolk Coastline

It's then a short hop along the coast to Cromer.
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

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'.
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 at No1 Cromer

We loved Cromer; it was from here we followed the North Norfolk Coast route, and the final nights fish 'n' chips at No1 Cromer.

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.
Looking along Purfleet Quay to the Customs House in the historical quarter of King's Lynn, Norfolk

Purfleet Quay and the Customs House, King's Lynn

So why not head to The Market Town of Kings Lynn? And on the way back pop into the Royal Retreat of Sandringham House? It should only be 2-2.5 hours home from there.
The view of Sandringham House as you stroll from the gravel path at the entrance

The view of Sandringham house from the grounds

Well, it would be if it wasn't a Friday before a Holiday weekend, and we weren't tackling the M25 & the Dartford Crossing…

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)


The Summary

Have You?

Visited Norfolk, tried the North Norfolk Coastal Route? Or are you from Norfolk? It's a great county, isn't it?

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Gary

Gary, the co-founder of Our World for You, was born and raised in London. An IT guy who likes to takes snaps. Along with Janis his partner, they have been travelling part time since 1995. In 2016, over a Sherry in Seville, they decided that enough was enough with suits. The decision was made to take their knowledge and experience to create a blog to inspire others to travel the world near and far.

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Comments

    1. Thanks Kyle,Glad you liked it. The aim was to capture the ‘Golden Mile’ at Great Yarmouth, along with the popular nature of the resort. It is a great place to visit on a sunny day.Thanks again,Gary

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