Chesil Beach & the Fleet, Dorset

Chesil Beach & the Fleet, Dorset
Chesil Beach & the Fleet, Dorset


Despite being flat, and largely agricultural, Norfolk has much to recommend it. Let's not get on to the subject of the Shapla Indian Restaurant in Attleborough though!

Of course, this huge system of inland waterways, rivers and lakes (Broads) is what Norfolk is most famed for. And rightly so.

This is Oulton Broad, one of the largest

Norfolk's longest fifteen inch gauge line runs between the ancient market town of Aylsham and Wroxham, the
'Capital of the Norfolk Broads'

South of King's Lynn on the edge of the Fens is Downham Market, a small hillside town dating back to
Saxon times, and one of Norfolk's oldest market towns. 

Horning, in the Broads, is home to this paddle steamer, 'Southern Comfort', which takes tourists around the Broads.

Hunstanton is a popular coastal resort sixteen miles from King's Lynn and approx twelve miles from Sandringham on the A149
Hunstanton was built as a Norfolk seaside resort and gained popularity as early as the 1860s.
It's attractive, but with the wind blowing straight off the North Sea, can be a little windy and cool, even on a lovely sunny day. The seafront is wide, with well-laid out attractive gardens. It's also a very biker-friendly town.

One of the better known towns in Norfolk, Kings Lynn has some splendid buildings.

You may wonder why Larling is on here. There's nothing there. Larling is simply a farm, and a wonderful pub. Since the new dual-carriageway of the A11 was built, Larling has been completely by-passed. This has given landlord Andrew Stammers a wonderful opportunity to build the old pub into an impressive dining experience. It also has its' own campsite, with excellent facilities, and is host to an annual Real Ale Festival every August. The reason it's on here, is because Andrew has become a friend, and it's my choice of somewhere to stay when in Norfolk.
The Angel Inn is a 17th century former Coaching Inn within 20 miles of the city of Norwich and the historic towns of Bury St Edmunds, Thetford, Wymondham and Diss. Originally built for Thomas Wright in 1631 it has since had approximately 30 tenants/owners.
Arthur George Stammers arrived at The Angel in 1913 with his wife Grace Rebecca. He was the son of Henry and Elizabeth Stammers who were then the licensees of The Dolphin at Harling Road station (now cottages). Previously in 1883 Henry had been the licensee of Bridgham Red Lion. Leased by Steward and Patteson the tenancy of the Angel was to last until the death of Arthur's wife in 1949. He then went into retirement.
It would be later on in 1983 his Grandson Brian Stammers would take over the tenancy with his wife Geraldine. By 1994 ownership of The Angel had been passed from Norwich Brewery to Control Securities. It was in that year it was sold to Brian, Geraldine and son Andrew, where ownership remains to this day.

A pub next to a church, and a few houses. What more does a village need?

The town of North Walsham, just 9 miles from the coast and as many from the Norfolk Broads

The County City of Norfolk, Norwich is a beautiful city, with much to interest both the sightseer and the shopper. There's a strange juxtaposition of ancient and modern, which could so very easily have degenerated into a higgledy-piggedly mess, but the planners have been very careful to surround important buildings, both old and new, with wide open spaces that simply enhance the appearance and visibility of the multitude of architectural styles.
Norwich has two cathedrals, and the spire of the Anglican one towers over the city, as does the square fortress of the Castle.

On the Upper Green, within the cathedral precinct, is a magnificent stature of the Duke of Wellington. Of course, everyone associates Nelson with Norfolk, but the association with Wellington is less well understood.

Throughout the city, the river Wensum winds its' way around, and much care has been taken to develop interest along its' banks.

Just opposite the point where this picture was taken, is a new development of entertainment complexes (cinema, bowling alley) and eating houses, and this development lies directly between the Carrow Road home of Norwich City Football Club, and the railway station.
Norwich is also home to one of the largest permanent street markets in the country, with over 200 covered stalls, set in a fine square, bordered by the new Forum library and arts centre, the ancient St. Peter Mancroft church, the Royal Arcade and the Lanes, and this, the Guildhall

Recently featured in the hit TV series, Kingdom, and childhood home of the Egyptologist, Howard Carter, Swaffham is no ordinary Norfolk town. It has a wonderful buzz, particularly on Saturdays when the weekly market is in full swing. With its beautiful Georgian buildings and magnificent church, plus the stunning countryside of The Brecks just on the doorstep, Swaffham is a great place to visit.

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