Spring in the air : Overstrand to Cromer Pier

Sat on the pier eating chips in the warm sunshine. What a treat!

Saturday 17th February 2018

This Saturday we walked from Overstrand to Cromer and back. A short walk for us at only 4 miles in total. This gave us a bit of time to enjoy a coffee at the start and then a picnic on the pier at Cromer.

After being back at work for a week since returning from a week away in The Lake District we were keen to stretch our legs. But not too much!

Overstrand is a village that grew with the fishing industry.  It became popular as a beach holiday destination and many large houses were built by well to do folk at the end of the 19th century but remained a village in size. Now holidaymakers can still enjoy the beach, sea and cliff top views.

We were able to park on the side of the road for free.  There is a smallish car park right on the cliff and I imagine in the summer it might be a busy place.

For some reason we have never started a walk from or to Overstrand and we were pleasantly surprised with what we found.  Our first stop was The Cliff Top Cafe.

In a perfect spot it’s obviously doing really well with plenty of seating inside, round the side outside (where we sat) and more outside seating at the front. It was spotlessly clean and the menu boards looked inviting.  Mind you we thought the price of two smallish cups of Latte Coffee expensive at £2.75 each.

Cliff Top Cafe, Overstrand

Off we went to Cromer along the cliff top coastal path.  The fishing trade has declined over the years but certainly hasn’t disappeared as can be seen in the photo below.  Piles of lobster pots….

On our way to Cromer.

Loved the name of this trader….next time we visit we will give it a try.  It’s on our bucket list !  It’s in the car park if anyone is interested.

This van was parked in the car park. It must do a roaring trade in the summer.

Cromer Pier in the distance from the path….though it seems more than just two miles away.  The cliffs here are about 250 feet high.

A surprising number of ups and downs (not too steep) then you skirt the golf course and get glimpses of Cromer Lighthouse.  This is the Royal Cromer Golf Club and looked very nice – not that I’m an expert on golf courses…

The path joins a golfers walkway for a short distance

Before you know it you reach the outskirts of Cromer itself and the path drops into the town.

Cromer with its Pier

We picked up a portion of chips from No.1 for £1.45 to share and quick marched to the pier.  Here we sat and ate our lunch – the chips were yummy.  Lots and lots of people were out & about, some sat on the beach enjoying the sunshine.

We walked to the end of the Pier – just to the right is the Pavillion Theatre and behind me is the Cromer Lifeboat Station.  The lifeboats exit the station via a slipway at the at the end of the pier.  It has a long and heroic history.  The most famous lifeboatman being Henry Blogg – a brave man indeed.

From the end of the pier

Hero of Cromer

We headed back along the Promenade and up onto the cliff path.

Last look back

 

Back in Overstrand the Bucket List van was just closing.  Short opening hours at this time of the year.

We strolled along a street called The Londs.  Cottages with Flint stone frontages and cute front gardens and a tall building that I assumed was once an old lighthouse but have found out that it was actually a clock tower.

Overstrand in the afternoon sunshine

It looked like the perfect advert for a holiday in Norfolk.  We will be back.

 

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WordPress Challenge : Variations (beach huts)

Variations

The beach huts at Southwold, Suffolk.  The most expensive huts on any beach!  Honestly they sell for unbelievable price tags.

Almost all have names and we have our favourites.   Many happy times have been spent here, strolling along.

In the summer the doors are open for everyone to check out the contents!  Some with little kitchen areas, some with changing areas and all with an assortment of seats and tables and families & friends enjoying a day at the beach.

The photograph below, taken out of season in mid-March, is called ‘Doris goddess of the wind’.  Always with bunting hanging in the porch, we admire it every time we visit.

There are a couple of ‘special’ huts selling teas, coffees and snacks and this one below is used during the summer season by the RNLI Lifeguards.

Oh I do like to be beside the seaside!  Looking forward to some warmer weather….

 

 

WordPress Challenge : Silence

Silence

I thought long and hard about this photo challenge.

There’s been so many beautifully quiet places we’ve been to and stopped at on our hikes or travels.   Hill tops or mountains covered in snow with all sounds muffled.

So I could have searched for a snowy shot but instead went for a photo I took only yesterday.  This one taken in our home county of Norfolk which is currently ‘snow free’ and many miles away from any mountain!

The remains of Honing Station, Norfolk

Only the platforms and the tiled footings of a small building on either side remain.  It’s actually closer to the small village of Briggate but this is all that is left of Honing Station.

Imagine the steam trains coming through, the whistles blowing, the travellers arriving or departing. “ALL ABOARD”

Today its a quiet place.

Wikipedia say this :

The Midland and Great Northern Joint Railway ran through the parish, part of a line that linked Great Yarmouth to Sutton Bridge via Stalham, North Walsham, Aylsham, Melton Constable, Fakenham and King’s Lynn. It opened in stages between 1865 and 1933. The line closed in 1959, although some sections survive and are now part of the Weaver’s Way footpath. Other remnants of the line that can still be seen in the parish are a cast iron, steel and brick railway bridge of 1881 on the Dilham road south of the village. At Briggate there are still the disused platforms of Honing Station.

Here is the above mentioned iron railway bridge a little way along from the platforms.

WordPress Challenge : Weathered

This photo clearly shows how well loved these Ordnance Survey maps have been on our travels!

Not always wrapped in plastic map protectors they have faced the best and worst of weather.  Sun, rain, snow and gales.   Looking a little bit ‘dog eared’ and faded around the edges we can’t throw them away, even when they are replaced.

They are, like us, a little bit old and weathered.

In order of scruffiness (with age of map) :-

1. Snowdonia (1992).  2. Lake District  ( 1995)  3. Norfolk (1996)

Love a map!

 

 

Weathered

Routine returns – walks, seals, crowds and an old bomb!

After an enjoyable family get together over Christmas we were back home and back to work before the start of 2018. But what did we do with the three days off before really getting back to normal on the 2nd January?

Writing this on the 6th it all seems such a long time ago…..

Saturday 30th December 2017 – Southwold, Suffolk

A winter walk. Wrap up and you can enjoy the outdoors all year round. So, once you’ve got to where you want to be, I recommend starting the day off with a delicious sausage roll and coffee.  Adnams, Southwold (Suffolk) was our destination and this was our second breakfast of the day.  Tried and tested (many times) we love this place.

Second breakfast in the cafe at Adnams, Southwold

Southwold beach huts

What started out as a bit of a casual stroll turned into a brisk march.  It’s easy to cover the miles from Southwold to Dunwich & back in the summer but daylight is short at this time of the year and we had almost bitten off more than we could chew!  We only had 15 minutes to eat our lunch at Dunwich and get back before dusk.

A serene beach scene at Dunwich – looking back towards Southwold

Thankfully, we made it back to the car before dark and didn’t have to use our head torch!

Sunday 31st December 2017 – Norwich, Norfolk

We took the plunge and risked a shopping trip on New Years Eve. Outdoor shops are, unsurprisingly, our favourites and we were there for their 10am opening.   I bought a mint green lightweight rain jacket – couldn’t resist adding another to my collection!  For some women it’s shoes and handbags for me it’s everything outdoorsy.

Evening meal with Tims parents and home before the clocks struck midnight.  We are really soooo old.

Monday 1st January 2018 – Winterton, Norfolk

Last minute decision to take a shortish walk at our local beach – Winterton.  Previous posts have mentioned the seal colony at Horsey which has seen a population explosion and now stretches all the way down to Winterton.  The crowds were certainly out today, taking advantage of the dry sunny(ish) weather.

Winterton Beach from the dunes

Amongst the lower dunes some pups were almost old enough to take to the sea.  First they have to get rid of their baby white fur.  This one was having a good scratch and you can see the sand covered in fur.

Getting rid of the fur

The crowds grew as we circled back to Winterton village at 3pm.  Why do people leave it so late in the day to get out?

These horse riders, who had been in the sea, had confidence in their horses to tackle steep sand banks.

So what about the bomb?  Well later in the week Tim was chatting with one of his clients who had also been walking on Winterton Beach the day after us, on 2nd January.

He had had an unusual find in the sand.  Apparently it was partially covered so he kicked it a few times to clear the sand and take a closer look, as you do. He then left it as it was too heavy to move.  This turned out to be an unexplored bomb from World War 2 and was destroyed by the proper authorities later that very day!  He recognised it from a television report.

Obviously it was unlikely to have gone off, due to the time spent rolling around in the sea, but can you imagine the news headlines if a member of the public or say one of those horses I photographed had detonated it!?

Heres to a Happy Healthy Safe New Year.

The bomb was briefly mentioned on the BBC

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-norfolk-42579754

WordPress Challenge : Growth

Happy New Year!

Rather sneakily I have pulled out a photo that I took almost a year ago for this challenge.  Back in February 2017 I added a post about a walk which included going through a wood carpeted with snowdrops.  The display, which we have seen more than once, makes you stop I your tracks, it’s quite something.

My post, from last year, about the walk is here:-

Hansel and Gretel with Snowdrops in Suffolk

For some reason I didn’t include a close up shot that I took which is strange because I was quite proud of it.  Anyway, it’s as if it’s been waiting for this challenge to make an appearance and I hope this is a good representation of the word Growth.

First sign of spring

Growth

WordPress Challenge : 2017 Favourites

To end the year we have been challenged with sharing our favourite photo/s of 2017 – a meaningful photo or gallery of photos.

Thats a challenge in itself isn’t it?  Generally I only ever add one photo when taking part in the WordPress challenges but this time, with the option to add more, I thought I would.  How about one photo for every season?

So this is a meaningful reflection of our year…

This first one may just be my favourite shot of the year.

Winter.  It was a lucky visit to one of our local beaches when we found large groups of seals just lounging about – officially known as a ‘haul out’.  This beach is now home to a very large colony of grey seals who use it as a safe place to give birth to their pups in November/December – the beach is roped off to avoid disturbing them.   At the end of January all the pups have disappeared from the beach and humans are allowed back onto the sand!   I crept as close as I dare and held my breath to take it.

Adult seals on Horsey Beach, Norfolk – January 2017

My second photo was taken in April while on holiday in Devon.  Having walked for several hours along the South West Coastal Path we found ‘our’ bench.  What a lucky find.  In warm spring sunshine we enjoyed our picnic lunch and felt so pleased with ourselves.  Not a sound except for bird song.  Ahead of us is Budleigh Salterton, a place that I’m sure we will visit again.

Our view of Budleigh Salterton, Devon – April 2017

Summer.  So many photos to choose from.  This one was taken on a rare day for me & Tim.  Too warm for walking we took our beach shelter and spent a few sleepy hours with our feet up, reading or just staring out at the unusually wave free North Sea.

In the shade on Walcott Beach, Norfolk – June 2017

Finally Autumn (or Fall – depending on where you live in the world).  A time that I never really used to appreciate.  Time it right and some of the best natural colours can be captured.  This photo was taken in the woods behind Felbrigg Hall, North Norfolk.  Even though some of the leaves in this shot hadn’t turned, oh my goodness it was beautiful.

The wood behind Felbrigg Hall – October 2017

Thank you to all those who are following my blog.

I hope everyone enjoys a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

2017 Favorites