Monday, 25 May 2009

Touring Norfolk with Elsie Mo

Last weekend the weather seemed good enough for another trip out in Landrover, Elsie Mo. During our recent visit to the beach we noticed a beach side green lane which we wanted to drive, so we decided to head out this way.
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Stopped off for a picnic in a clearing among the woods to the west of Sandringham bordering a very pretty village called Wolferton. Had a quick ramble through the tree trunks of large and probably old rhododendrons. Would make a great hide-out or camp out as it was sheltered from the weather and the road.
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Fungi on a Silver Birch trunk.

Continued up the A149 to Heacham and found the sandy green lane that starts at the South Beach and trundles behind the beach houses and huts to the North Beach and beyond, ending up on the fringes of Hunstanton. Although not scenic, it was interesting to see all the houses and how each one was different, some functional for summer holidays and others quirky.

Headed back down the A149 and decided to stop off at a country park between Mintlyn Wood and Leziate for a quick cuppa and piece of cake! The park is owned by the local quarry and seems another good find for further exploration. Perhaps a possible lake side BBQ one lunchtime, as there appears to be a mini beach by one of the lakes, although swimming is unfortunately not allowed.

Finally when driving away from here we followed a track up to the derelict church of St. James. Have always looked out for this rather eerie site when driving along the A149. It sits on top of a hill and seems to ooze a story. With lush farmland all around, herds of gorgeous dark brown cows to greet us (and signs to say "stay out of the fields due to bulls"!) there is lots of history surrounding the remains of the church. Norfolk County Council had displayed a website for more information on this and several other derelict historic churches in the county but typically I didn't make a note of it and a week on am finding it hard to remember much of what I read about this building's past! I seem to remember the area goes back to Saxon times and the church was part of a village which eventually was removed for farmland. Will have to return and make more notes.
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1 comment:

dawny said...

WOW what a lovely time , wish we'd been along with you :-) fantastic.
that ruin is brill , now i;m off to search google map x