canal walking hiking wrought iron transport history
Starting as we mean to go on – in a tea room.
Beach huts at Cromer
Cromer clifftop, by Joseph Pennell.
The derelict lock
I haven’t got space to mention our incredible wartime heritage, another aspect of the landscape that gives Norfolk a time capsule feeling. This strange bunker, still protected by its blast wall, was the generator house for a dummy airfield, now completely hidden in scrub.
Building a canal in a county with no stone and England’s lowest rainfall proved tricky. The aqueduct was constructed with style and ingenuity (but, you might think, worrying fragility) from iron girders and brick arches.
Interesting Crops of Norfolk; Barley.
Interesting Crops of Norfolk: Maize
Interesting Crops of Norfolk: Sugar Beet (with decorative wild flowers)
Interesting Crops of Norfolk: Wheat
Huge and beautiful windows flood the east end with light.
Interesting Crops of Norfolk: Oilseed Rape
I told you the Bure got bigger. The trail crosses it again north of Aylsham.
The Bure, one of Norfolk’s major rivers. It does get bigger!
Absurd plannng rules for new campsites impose massive distances between even the tiniest tents, another nail in the coffin of simple backpacing with friends.
The swinging marina lifestyle
Sunset over Stalham allotments. Fear not, it gets more scenic tomorrow…
A few straggling orchids on Thwaite Common
This is directly on the trail at Erpingham, althugh I’ve no idea what it’s like.