In September I enjoyed a great trip to Norfolk to catch up with two of my favourite people; one living in Norwich who I’ve known for over 10 years and the other from a gorgeous little village called Acle, who I met doing my Masters in Manchester, and they had lots of fun things planned to show me the best of their local areas. I’m always one for an adventure of course!
First stop was to Acle, a cute little market town just outside of Norwich and surrounded by farmland and winding country lanes; just my kind of place! This entire this place is like stepping back in time, like you expect a quaint period drama to occur at any second. Driving from here to Great Yarmouth, involved going down New Road, which is known for being one of the longest, straightest roads in England, but this isn’t what its known for locally. When driving towards the coast, it easily becomes a game to point out as many windmills as you can, a strange game, but with approximately 15 or so all around, it makes it a pretty unique view.
Arriving in Great Yarmouth wasn’t exactly eye opening, but Fritton was another story entirely. This quaint English village is home to Fritton lake, 2.5miles long and home to kingfishes, heron and even eels. We visited here on a lovely sunny summers day, enjoyed a great picnic and took it upon ourselves to master the art of not only kayaking but also using something called a katakanu – don’t ask! It was a lovely place to visit and I would go back in a heartbeat.
That evening I heading back to Norwich city centre to stay with one of my oldest friends. She took me to a fantastic tapas and cocktail bar called 42 Kings Street where every few months that create mouth-watering and brain teasingly curious cocktails. We subsequently enjoyed a beetroot and dill martini as well as a Kentucky buck with bourbon. Curious tastes, but so inventive and well put together that I really must recommend them, along with the very tasty midnight tapas that we had alongside them.
The following day by friend took me to the edge of the Broads. Cycling from her home in Norwich it took only half an hour to reach the beautiful area of Whitlingham. This man made broad was home to some lovely wildlife, particularly the cormorants, that looked like sentinels each on top of its own post around the edge of the lake. We enjoyed a walk around the entire lake, followed by a boat trip on the lake itself. But this was not just any boat trip, this was a solar powered boat, “the first in England” our guide was quick to tell us, something to be smug about clearly. It was a pretty area, but unfortunately busy with families and children ruining any peaceful moment.
Luckily the cycle back was finished off perfectly with a home cooked roast like no other and a cuddle with King Julian the cat, topping off nicely a weekend in Norwich.
I will continually pop back up there every year until my friend gets sick of me. It’s a wonderful city and a beautiful county. A real gem in East Anglia.