You may have already read the first part about our impromptu adventure travel s across Norfolk? If not, click here to read. Below is the 2nd part special on a British coastal explorational adventure…
We had such a peaceful night’s rest at The Cliff hotel (in Gorleston-on-sea). The beds were cozy, and we really didn’t want to wake up. However, the show (road trip) must go on!
Apart from breathing in the fresh coastal sea breeze, there wasn’t a whole lot else to do in Gorleston, so we ventured further, down the meandering seafront.
A few days earlier we had read an article about a giant pipe that was beached nearby. (A number of these pipes had come loose as they were being towed to Algeria for a large project). So in Sherlock Holmes style, searching for this giant pipe (🤦🏻♀️) – yet little did we know that this was the beginning of future wonders! We landed in this sweet little village called Winterton-on-sea. The beach itself was beautiful; bumpy sand dunes on one side, and soft white sands edging the glistening sea on the other. We soaked in the rays of sunlight, with views of several wind turbines further out in the sea. After taking a couple of pictures with a giant pipe (🤦🏻♀️🤦🏻♀️) we bumped into a dog walker who advised us to go a little bit further, for some better ‘sights’ (oooh, I wonder what he meant??).
We took his advice and reached Horsey. After a quick drink at The Nelson’s Head (a dog friendly pub), we walked through these beautiful green farms towards the tall grassy sand dunes. As we climbed up to the top of the dunes, we were flabbergasted by what we saw! SEALS – Fat, cuddly, lazy seals!!! Hundreds of them, just sitting there, sun bathing, or bobbing their heads in the sea. Who would’ve thought you would find these blubbery mammals, this far south of the UK?
Friends, a little word of warning ⚠️; if you do decide to visit these seals, PLEASE DO NOT go to close to near (they will snap!). Also, PLEASE DO NOT go playing with the seal pups as their mothers may disown them!! Sadly, a few days ago, four of these unfortunate little pups were found dead on the shores, because us humans couldn’t respect their space 😦 (read BBC report here).
With a heavy heart, eventually we drove off as our little bellies began to growl again. 25 miles further up the coast, we reached the famous coastal fishing town of Cromar. The pier is busy but scenic, and ofcourse a must have here are their delicious Cromer Crabs!!!
Our last stop, on this marvellous adventure travel of ours was a town called Holt. The 18th century Georgian buildings in Holt, gives this town it’s quirky character. There’s plenty of antique and boutique shops in the market to wander. A short distance from Holt are the ruins of Baconsthorpe Castle, which are also worth a visit.
And alas, this is where our Norfolk coastal road trip story ends…..So readers, have you ever been on a short or long, adventurous road trips? Why not tell me your experiences in the comments section below?