It can be bleak, windy and rough, exposed to the winds and ravages of the North Sea and over the centuries this coastline has seen and continues to endure much change.
On a calm summers day the beach at Wells next the Sea appears to give a lie to that, appearing to be idyllic….in fact just like the Riviera….
In true Mediterranean style the beach is flanked by Pine Woodland providing, sheltered picnic spots and woodland walks add to the charm of the beach. But like the pampas gasses of the Dunes it is on a very soft foundation of sand.
The Beach also forms part of ‘Peddars Way’ Norfolk’s long distance Coastal path, even though it can look much like a Sahara waddie on a hot English summers day…..
It is an enormous stretch of sand, ideal for play and relaxing……even Carla enjoys a break in the Dunes…
But looks can be deceptive as the sea in these parts is shallow and the tide can turn quickly and soon rushes in to cover the beaches
More traditional resorts also add to Norfolk’s Tourist attractions for those in search of entertainments. At Cromer they old Victorian Pier is still a prominent feature of the promenade…….
But on this windy day it was not enticing many to take a stroll over the sea. But in the evening the Theatre at the far end of the pier was playing host to ‘Seaside Special’ promising fun and laughter for all….
Much of this northern coastline is, as mentioned in earlier posts, mud flats and saltmarshes. the old harbours and ports of centuries gone by are now mecca’s for yachtsmen, fishermen and other lovers of small boats. Here at Brancaster Staithes you can get a flavour of those times from the Old Harbour Cottages that once graced the harbour wall….
A closer look reveals some grand design style in brick and flint….substantial buildings of some status in their day
When the tide is out it becomes a great place to dig for bait….
The harbour channel and dock is well silted, requires regular dredging but still provides a base for at least two commercial inshore fishing boats……
So here are a few more tasters of this part of Norfolk’s Coast and forgotten harbours now a play ground for boaters…..
Crab and Lobster form the main catch for local fishermen….but crabs are also well sought after by youngsters with lines dangled from the harbour walls. So it is nice to see that the welfare of these small crabs is noted…..
Like most of Norfolk’s visitors the Gilly Crab wants to return for years to come.
Watch out for the last post from this short tour of Norfolk – we will take a look a ‘flints’, sea cliffs and some old buildings..may be tomorrow.
© David Oakes 2013
(Due to none available internet signal not posted till 3rd July)