Sunday, December 31, 2006

Felbrigg and Norfolk Coast

  • Walked: 28th December 2006
  • Distance: 5.4m
  • Terrain: Farily flat
  • Summary: Starting at Felbrigg Hall car park, use the lane known as the Lion's Mouth, cross the A148 and pick up the Norfolk Coastal Path, turning off to Cromer Cemetary and crossing the 148 again, back though woods to the start.
  • Time: 2 hrs

This is Felbrigg Hall, a real mix of architectural styles:

These lovely people are my Mum and Dad (and their pooches). Dad is trying to pretend that he didn't want to walk quite so far, but he doesn't know that we know that's just a lovably grumpy persona he puts on sometimes for a laugh.

The Lion's Mouth is a lane which goes through the Great Wood which has some wonderful trees such as this one:

After crossing the A148 (Cromer - Holt road), we pick up a well-marked path which I took (from the map) to be the Weavers Way, but is in fact the Norfolk Coastal Path. If you ever catch me saying that my adopted home (Derbyshire) is more beautiful than my original home (Norfolk), this picture is only one example which makes a lie of that. And it's NOT FLAT!! That's a misconception which arises from a misguided line in some Noel Coward play.

Just before an obvious railway bridge, turn right and follow the road back, past the beautiul cemetary church, back to the A148. If you've driven along this road, you will have seen this yard full of wonderful memorabilia for sale. When Meander eventually makes my fortune, I'll be back for one of these old red telephone boxes (No America, you don't see many in use now).

Along the 148 a little way, and then there's a right of way back through the Great Woods. It takes you past this Ice House. The idea was that you collected ice from the frozen lake in the winter, and put it in this underground house, where it would remain frozen until you wanted some for your G & T in July. Apparently.

The route above was generated using Meander.

Image produced from the Ordnance Survey Get-a-map service. Map image reproduced with kind permission of Ordnance Survey and Ordnance Survey of Northern Ireland.


dive said...

Whoo; Felbrigg!
Haven't been up that way for years.

Lovely picture of your Mum and Dad.
And that wonderful old beech tree.
I think people feel that Norfolk is flat because we're protected by the fens, which are REALLY flat … flatter than Kansas …
The views down from the chalk ridge along the north coast are as beautiful as anywhere in England.

Happy New Year, Pea!

peahen said...

... and happy New Year to you too. Thinking about it, the Broads have no locks, which does lend credance to the Flat Norfolk argument (there are loads of locks on the canals here) but I agree, it's positively hilly compared to the billiard-table-like Fens. There are other flatter counties too, (Cheshire springs to mind) but what annoys me is the fact that it's the only thing many people know about Norfolk, and it's not really true!

Robyn said...

Peahen, these are some lovely pictures. Once again, I can view a part of the world I may never see first hand through you.

Alifan said...

Great Pea.....Jan Jan say's she enjoyed the walk as well, she had a peep on here last night, so thought I would let you know we are all appreciating your walks...
Happy New Year to you my friend...

peahen said...

Nice to hear from you B! When you say that Jan Jan enjoyed the walk, do you mean via my pictures, or that she's been out with her boots on? I'm please either way, but particularly chuffed if it's the latter!!!

Thanks, Robyn. It's partly a personal diary for me (important now that with old age the memory is letting me down more and more), partly to share these beautiful parts of the country with the rest of the world, so I'm pleased that works for you, and partly to inspire others to spend more time in the outdoors, so I hope it does that too! Happy New Year.