Discovering the Norfolk Broads

Trip Start Apr 01, 2012
Trip End Oct 01, 2012

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Broome Hall Country Hotel

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Saturday, September 8, 2012

We have spend the last few days discovering and enjoying the Norfolk Broads, gosh what a lovely and peaceful area.We mostly visited the little villages along the Broads and also came across some lovely strips of water on the way. The first larger town we stopped at was Wroxham, a very popular spot with everyone because of its location. Lots of boating to be enjoyed with organised boat trips along the Broads or you could hire a boat and do you own thing. It was very busy the day we were there but we still enjoyed ourselves a lot. We were going to stop for a cuppa but it was just too busy everywhere so we moved on after a while. Driving along we came across a little spot called Coltishall, just a pub and outside area , but oh so pretty with the river meandering through. Stopped  for our refreshments and sat outside in the sun feeling pleased with ourselves. Had a nice chat to the couple seated near us as well . Overstayed our time but it was most enjoyable and lovely to have a chat.. Finally arrived at a small town named Aylsham, nothing spectacular to look at but a nice place to eat a sandwich and enjoy a cuppa. All too soon it was time to head for our B&B as it was getting late and did not want to get caught up in the peak hour traffic. Yarmouth is pretty tacky but I must say it is a pretty good central place to stay for day trips to various places around. We did find a very nice restaurant here ,where we enjoyed some nice dinners. We did not expect to find anything like it in Yarmouth so had all our dinners there.
Yesterday 7th we drove along the coastal road to North Walsham stopping at a lovely little spot called Horsey, just beautiful to be there, so nice to see the rivers and all the boats on the river.  Next village Waxham, very historic town with 3 major historic buildings , which make up the manorial complex. The church , manor house and the barn were all used to display the power of the Lord of the Manor. The Woodhouse family were a very powerful family with great wealth and status. This did not make them very nice and treated their workers very badly. The Great Barn has been restored and is a magnificent structure. It is the longest barn in Norfolk, built in the 16th century and has witnessed over 400 years of change along this wild coastline. It fell into decline during a storm in 1987 when the wind lifted the roof ( which is thatched ) and dumped it to the ground. Restoration began in the late 1990's and was completed in 2004. Today it is a tourist attraction and is also used for wedding receptions and various functions. Very interesting history. The Manor is fully restored but privately owned and the church is still used today.
Next surprise we came across was the village of Stalham which has the very interesting Maritime Museum and relates very much to the area. Good to see and lots of hands on information. Lots of boats were moored at the marina as well, it is a very popular spot with the boaties. We met one couple who were kind enough to show us their boat, very comfortable inside. Luckily during all this time we enjoyed brilliant sunshine and warm temperatures.
So today, we left our B&B in Yarmouth, never likely to return to the district , it realy is very tacky , but good for some people, just not us. We are now in Watton, which is close to Thetford, staying in a very nice B&B on a country estate. Tomorrow we hope to drive to Sandringham and visit Liz's country estate.  Hopefully the sun will keep shining.
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