As I mentioned in ‘Rain or Shine’ the weather for the weekend period was not generally going to be that good and Friday dawned dark and gloomy so we decided to head out and visit parts of the coast we’d not yet been to. During the springtime I managed to get to Caister, California and Sea Palling so we decided to head to the stretch south of Cromer, firstly going through North Walsham then on to Overstrand. Unlike the areas I visited in the spring the North East coast of Norfolk has high cliffs and not all of it is easily accessible. At Overstrand there’s are high cliffs from which you can see Cromer pier but also a wonderfully sandy beach which stretches for miles.
Overstrand is a village (population 1,101) on the north coast of Norfolk in England, two miles east of Cromer. It was once a modest fishing station, with all or part of the fishing station being known as Beck Hythe. In the latter part of the 19th century it was catapulted into prominence, and became known as “the village of millionaires”.As with much of the Norfolk coast, erosion was and continues to be a major problem. Clifton Way is an experimental site, of which sea defences include; riprap (at £1,300 a boulder, predominantly shipped from Norway), wooden groynes, revetments, gabions, offshore reef, and they have tried to replant trees on the slumped cliff, but in an act of controversy they were stolen and nothing has since been done.
The soft boulder clay cliffs slump because of the water running through the clay, and the resulting material on the beach is removed by the succeeding high tides. And so the process continues over the years. In the neighbouring village of Sidestrand, the whole church was moved back from the cliff edge in the 19th century, though the tower of the church was left standing on the cliff top.
We had a rather nice ice cream took lots of photos from the cliffs and the beach,walked about a mile, before returning to the car park just as the rain began.We attempted to visit other villages on the way back but decided as time was getting on we’d head back on put the barbie on. As we got halfway home Ginny said it would be nice to go on a boat trip on the Norfolk Broads during the five days and as we approached Wroxham at around 2.30pm, we decided to see if they had any trips that afternoon to save time having to come back on a different day.
Luckily the last trip of the day happened to be at 4pm so we booked two tickets on it. With time to kill we got some chips and then headed off to the quayside. As it was the last trip of the day and not such a bright day, there was only 3 parties book on the hour long trip. Unfortunately one party were from a chavvy part of Essex and they never stopped spouting an amazing amount drivel throughout the entire trip. We managed to get some great photos from the boat of both wildlife and countryside.
We had a big chuckle when we spotted our friends from the day before going the other way on our outward journey. On the way back to the van we stop in at an art gallery before heading back to Broadlands. Once back off came our clothes and we then spent time trying to light the disposable barbecue. After dinner which was pork steaks and vegetable kebabs we settled down for the evening and awaiting the rains which appeared with vengeance at around 3.30am.