The BBC's weather forecast for this area today was for a dry and cloudy day. Oh dear, wrong yet again. It rained all morning, but we didn't let it dampen our enthusiasm for visiting Sheringham three miles down the road by bus.
For those planning to come this way themselves we can confirm that Sheringham has only ONE bus stop, and it is outside the railway station. Unfortunately we thought there were others and so stayed onboard, which resulted in us spending the day at ......................... Cromer!
Firstly information gleened from the internet:
At the end of the 18th century, smart houses began to be built for summer visitors around the cottages of the old fishing port of Cromer. Its importance is shown by the size and magnificence of its church of St Peter and St Paul, which has a perpendicular tower, 160ft high and the tallest in Norfolk. Cromer originally stood some way inland, but the town of Shipden was gradually destroyed by sea during the Middle Ages, and Cromer took its place.
Nowadays it is best known for two things – the quality of the crabs caught by its crab boats, which are usually drawn up on shore, and the brave deeds of its lifeboatmen, who during the Second World War saved 450 lives. The most famous lifeboatman of all, Henry Bloggs, coxswain from 1909 to 1947, is commemorated by a bronze bust, which gazes out to sea from North Lodge Park, not far from the old lifeboat house, now a lifeboat museum. The museum is at the foot of a steep road called The Gangway, which is paved with granite blocks arranged with their corners sticking up, to give a grip to horses’ hooves pulling cargo up from the beach. The modern lifeboat is housed above a slipway at the end of the pier. Behind the church, several cottages have been restored to create a museum that gives a picture of sailors’ homes a century ago.
It would be hard to describe Cromer without using adjectives like scruffy, grotty, shingly, crabby. We wandered around hoping things would improve but they didn't. The beach is nothing but pebbles and shingle, so it certainly isn't a bucket and spade holiday for kids. I don't think even a clear blue sky on a hot sunny day would help improve matters. But never mind, each to their own, we all look for different things when it comes to places to live or holiday destinations.
One good result during the visit is that we made our way to Morrisons supermarket in town for a few bits of shopping, and decided to stop and have lunch in their restaurant. I had a full English breakfast with a pot of tea, and the Chef had two poached eggs on toast and a large coffee. All for a total of £9.95. I still feel stuffed now.
On the way back to the bus station I bought a five-pole windbreak for just £9.99. With the continuing breeze we've been experiencing, I'm hoping it will pay for itself on the trip as it will allow us to sit outside the motorhome should the weather improve.
On our return 'home' I had water duties to undertake, emptying the toilet cassette, tipping the grey water in to the border with the owners blessing, though not an easy job if you produce a lot of it, and topping the fresh water tank up a bit. Then it was a bit of hand washing ready to put out tomorrow first thing.
Tomorrow we will return to Sheringham, have a look around and then jump on a steam train on the North Norfolk Railway www.nnrailway.co.uk for a twenty minute train ride to Holt, where we'll have a look round before making our way back...................all we have to do is make sure we get off at the right bus stop!