f. North Folk and South Folk

21 – 27 June 2012 Kelling Heath Norfolk & Kessingland Suffolk

Thursday 21 June

Set off around 9.30 and went Via Kings Lynn, stopping at superb Beer Shop “Beers of Europe”. Weather was awful, hammering down for most of the journey. Managed to get 32 beers of my list.

-kelling-heath-holiday-parkArrived at Kelling Heath around 3.00. Site was set up in woods with chalets and roads through the woods with a central Bar & leisure complex & shop, reminded me of Centreparcs.

Got set up with electrics etc and then had a mosey around the site stopping off at the nicely set out bar. Had a pint of Woodefords Wherry which was nice but flat, seems only northern pubs seem to know how to pour correctly.     ( Give it a flipping Head will you ! )

Went back to the bar around 5.00 and had another flat pint but had a nice meal to accompany it.     ( Did come back to “Cis” in between, not that much of a Dipso ! ) The food was good but the menu seemed a little limited.

Friday  22 June

The  showers & toilets weren’t the best we’ve been to but were certainly adequate and hot. Jane used the van shower for the first time to test it out.It seemed to work well and will be useful when not on a site.

Walked into Weybourne probably about 2 miles away, stopping at the train station to watch the steam trains of the North Norfolk Railway also known as “The Poppy Line”. Caught bus from Weybourne into Sheringham (£1.70 single). Did a little bit of shopping in Sheringham avoiding the rain as best we could and stopped in a little cafe on the main street which did White Hot Chocolate.sheringham

CromerCaught the bus then to Cromer (Duo return £4.20), had a little look around and then went to the Red Lion which looked out over the cliff and sea. Stopped in the Red Lion for a couple of drinks and something to eat. Jane had a nice Crab salad and I had Crab Thermidore which was delicious. Had two lovely different stouts, One was Abbeydale “Black Lurcher” which was lovely. Also tried a local norfolk stout from the Fox brewery called Cerberus Norfolk Stout.

Wandered around Cromer again in the rain for a while before catching the bus back to Sheringham andback to the site spending the rest of the evening  listening to the incessant drumming of the rain ! ! (Serious need of Ear Plugs at nigh

Saturday 23 June

20120623_095330Got up and caught the “Poppy Line” steam train into Sheringham, on our way to Holt. The train doesn’t stop at Kelling Heath going west to Holt as its uphill, only on the return from Holt. We waited about ½ hour at Sheringham on the train with a Coffee and Hot Chocolate before going all the way to Holt. The station at Holt had all sorts going on as it was the “Titchfield Thunderbolt” weekend. There were special trains, fairground rides and steam engines to look at.

The station is a mile and a half walk into Holt, and having avoided any rain,on arrival we had a mosey around the shops before having Lunch in the Lions Head. Luckily the Grand Prix qualifying was on the TV.

After lunch we returned to the station and had a quick look around the museum which was interesting, showing the extent of the railways in the 1940’s, most of which are not there anymore.Market-Place-Holt

HoltByfordsCaught the train back to Kelling Heath and arrived back around 16.30. The Sun was out at this stage and it was nice and warm so we sat out in the chairs and had a drink for an hour before it clouded over again and the wind picked up making it chilly, so we retired back into the van.

Sunday 24 June

Off today to Kessingland camping and caravan site in Suffolk

We arrived around 11.30 and managed to get everything set up before the heavens opened once again. ( What a Crap Summer ! I think I’ve got Trenchfoot ! )

Tuned in the TV as best I could but the picture was terrible, this could have been because of the weather or the fact that we were in between two massive wind turbines.We managed to watch the Grand Prix with a very bad picture and the sound tuned into Radio 5 Live.

pic_Kessingland-Beach_521721_largeAfter the Grand Prix we walked down to the beach which was about 30 mintues away and thankfully dry by now. Had a pint outside the “Sailors Home” pub sitting looking out to see and the sand dunes. A live band who sounded pretty good were playing in the pub. The pub was a locals pub but the beer was good.sailors home

Overhead we saw several planes including the Red Arrows doing their thing, I think it was in honour of my presence but Jane thinks it was some airshow going off locally ( Rubbish ! )

Whilst we were down by the beach, we visited the Caravan Club site which was there. This seemed very good, nicely laid out and with a good choice of pitches. One right on the side of the beach and a larger more secluded site across the road. Would definitely look to try this site if coming back to Kessingland.

Walked back to the site and managed to sit out in the Sun for ½ hour listening to the wild animals screeching & roaring at the Wildlife Park next door called Africa. Very Bizarre !

Monday 25 June

Woke up to day and at this stage it was Beautiful and sunny.

We walked up the driveway from the campsite into Kessingland village and caught a bus from the High St to Southwold, costing a staggering £5.30 each return for a 20 minute journey.

20120625_104901We arrived at the pier which we had a look around first. It seemed well looked after and the shops and cafes on it were nice not tacky like some are.

On leaving the Pier, we walked right along the seafront, spotting the multitude of famous beach huts, some in excellent condition, others in need of some real TLC. Nice view of Sizewell Nuclear Power station in the background. Didn’t see anybody glowing so we were probably safe.

After walking along the front we turned into the town which was very nice with lots unspoilt buildings and lots of craft type shops and nice tea rooms, one of which we went into for a drink.After that we walked about a mile down from the town until we reached the river and harbour where we caught a row boat ferry across to Walberswick (90p single)20120625_135029

Walberswick has two pubs, the Anchor, which we didn’t go into, and the Bell Inn which we did.The food was excellent having a lovely plate full of Fish & Chips washed down with a pint of Adnams Ghost Ship which is of course brewed in Southwold.

After lunch we caught the return ferry & walked back into Southwold where we caught the bus back to Kessingland in serious need of resting the old legs.

Tuesday 26 September

Drove the van off site today, setting off around 9.00. Firstly went to Dunwich, an ancient port which at one time had over 4000 inhabitants but has now eroded into the sea and left a small village with only 100 inhabitants.Unfortunately the museum there did not open until 11.30 so we missed it.

20120626_110215Next stop Alderburgh, a beautiful small town on the coast south of Southport. Lots of little quaint shops and old buildings, totally unspoilt by modern seaside paraphernalia.Had a hot drink sat outside the White Lion Hotel looking out to the sea and the fishing shacks where the fishermen sold their fresh catches straight off the boats..

Lavenham next, a beautiful old Woollen industry village with lots of Tudor beamed cottages all around with different colours and shapes, many being crooked and not built to Building Regulations .

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We then drove to Bury St Edmunds where we couldn’t find anywhere to park a vehicle as large as Cis. We drove into the Fire station who were happy to accommodate us. ( Thankyou Lads ! ) Again, this was a beautiful town with an old abbey ruins and nice to look around having a modern shopping centre ( If you are into those things girlies ) and lots of quaint older buildings.ruins

We then returned to Kessingland and after hooking up again decided to walk down to the beach for tea. We stopped firstly at “The Livingstone” which was a bit run down. The Carvery looked ok and the menu seemed fairly comprehensive. The beer however was awful, it took 3 different attempts to produce a pint which was not thick & cloudy. Don’t bother trying it.

We walked back down to the beach and ate in “The Waterfront” restaurant. The food here was very good and they served an excellent pint of Adnams Beachcomber. (see it’s not hard is it ? )

Wednesday 27 June

Set off back home  breaking up the journey in Swaffham which was a small market town. Didn’t really look around but stopped by a park to eat lunch and have a hot drink.Arrived back home around 3.30 and put “Cis” back to bed..

Piece of useless information

Norfolk & Suffolk where named when the area was ruled by ancient kings, the people were referred to as the North Folk and the South Folk and that got shortened to Norfolk & Suffolk ( see not as dumb as I look ! )

The Campsites

Kelling Heath Weybourne Norfolk

A large holiday site with holiday chalets along with pitches for tents, caravans, & motorhomes. There is a bar & restaurant, a cafe, shop, reception, indoor & outdoor pool and a gym. The facilities are pretty good but perhaps a little dated. The water etc was however hot and plentiful. The Pitches were all on grass but didn’t present any problems after the rain and all seemed level.

Kelling Heath is about a mile and a half away from Weybourne which had a pub but there is a bus which comes to site 3 times a day which goes to Sheringham and the steam train which goes to  Holt (Via Sheringham)

Did enjoy the site and would come back.

Kessingland Camping & Caravan Club site. Kessingland Suffolk

The site has only one toilet block but seemed large enough to not have any queueing. This was of an excellent standard and also had laundry and waste facilities as well as an information point. The reception had a few food essentials. The staff were very friendly but had only been there 3 weeks so didn’t know the area that well.

There are 4 pubs locally, one 5 minutes walk away at the top of the drive, two on the village high street about 15 minutes walk away and one by the beach about 30 minutes walk away.

The only downside was the two Wind turbines which had a constant drone and seemed to affect the TV reception. Would however not have any problem coming back here.

Kessingland Caravan Club site. Kessingland Suffolk

Didn’t stop here but had a look around. Site consists of two parts, one is directly overlooking the beach and has a small toilet block and appeared level.. The second is across the road and had a least one toilet block with usual information and reception. The site looked pretty and appeared to have some hard standing and plenty of trees but not sure about how level it would be. The beauty of this site is its nearby location to the beach and has one pub and a restaurant 5 mins walk away and the other 3 up in the village about 25 minutes walk away.Would give it a try in the future.

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