Friday, May 10, 2013
Seaside break in Cromer, Norfolk
Our camping trip in Norfolk last bank holiday weekend almost did not happen. But we went and we were glad we camped. It has been over a year since we last camped and it was a good feeling putting the tent up again. Don't get me wrong...there were the unavoidable swearing and cursing that one expect when putting up a tent but we managed to keep it to a minimum and were on speaking term when the tent was up. First camping squabble: done!
The plan was to stay for one night but we stayed on for 2 nights and was rewarded with amazing sunshine. So much so Scott came home with lovely patches of (sun burn) red on the back of his neck and legs.
I was super excited about camping this time for very shallow reasons. We are driving to Norfolk instead of taking the train and that means glamping! Airbed + proper pillows + duvet = cosy tent + a good night sleep! All that fresh sea breeze and long coastal walks meant we did sleep well in the tent. We camped in Manor Farm in Cromer. A great campsite, not as busy as other camping sites we passed by and the facilities are well maintained and clean.
Cromer, though not the prettiest seaside town, is easily accessible on costal paths to other seaside villages. We did just that...plenty of coastal walks enjoying the sea breeze and sea view. On Sunday we did a 7 mile coastal walk: Cromer - East Runton - West Runton - Sheringham - Weybourne then took the bus to Cley next the Sea for a well deserved pint!
These seaside towns are famous for their crabs so I went a leeettle crab crazy with crab cakes, crab sandwich and crab mornay! Delicious and cheap. It also turned into a fairly porky weekend. We feasted on sausage rolls that we BBQ-ed using good ol' disposable BBQ every morning and had Saturday dinner at The Pigs pub, serving the scrummiest of the Norfolk pigs. Is it naughty to admit that we also had a tub of pork scratchings as snacks with a can of Vimto during the 7 mile walk? But we totally deserve it no? 7 miles yo!
Random: We spotted a guy who looks like Arnold Schwarzenegger on the beach (complete with the fake California sun tan). But it can't be him. I mean what is he doing in Cromer?!?