This time last week we were in the midst of a heat wave. With temperatures set to reach 26 degrees in Norfolk we selected Walcott as our destination for the day.
Sunday 18th June 2017
It was definitely going to be a beach day. So, with Beach umbrella, chairs and picnic packed we headed for the sand and, for us, a lazy day.
Walcott, a tiny village on the Norfolk Coast, is not a snazzy seaside place, infact it’s really quiet and not at all exciting. It is, however the only village in Norfolk where the road runs right alongside the beach making it popular for motorbikers and cyclists or anyone just touring through.
It’s suffered a bit in storms. 1953, 2007 and 2013. Infact we went to take a look at the damage in 2013 and it was incredible – large blocks of concrete moved several feet from the sea defences and homes were badly affected.
This is what the sea wall looks like at Walcott – with a concrete walkway all the way to Bacton. The photo below was taken at high tide and only a thin strip of beach is visible – looking towards Bacton.
On the way to Walcott was passed the more popular beach destinations of Sea Palling and Happisburgh (pronounced Hazborough). Here the good people of Norfolk were arriving in huge numbers from surrounding villages, towns and the city of Norwich.
We had chosen wisely. Parking easily we walked a short distance and pitched our umbrella. If you’ve never seen these they are wonderful things these – called a Sport Brella and comes in several colours. So easy to put up and take down it takes away all the stress that you might have with other portable shelters.
There we sat….for a few hours.
A grey seal swam past as I was having a paddle. Tim took a few photos – me & seal, both checking each other out.
Then we pitched our umbrella closer to the sea for a bit more ‘air’ and sat a bit longer…it was glorious.
After a while we could take this no longer and set off for a short walk to Bacton Beach. The tide was going out and leaving sea water stranded in long shallow pools. I remember this happening as a child on holiday on the Dutch coast and the pools feeling like warm bath water.
You can see kids playing in the water up ahead of us on our walk in the photo below.
At Bacton we bought a couple of drinks at this tiny place ‘The Tea Shed’ and headed back.
A nice cup of tea to finish off before going home – we joined several people at the cafe/restaurant. As I mentioned above its a popular stopping place for motorcyclists here and they arrive in big groups at the cafe. Today it was just us and lots of large families (large in number and size!) eating fish and chips. I did manage to capture one keen biker….
We don’t often sit about all day but today was certainly the day to do just that. Phew what a scorcher!
Our heatwave is over now – it was fun while it lasted.