Old Hunstanton and it’s fabulous beach….

A bit wet overnight and for our morning walk but brightening up by lunchtime with a mostly sunny afternoon. Today we are off to explore Old Hunstanton, parking up on the roadside above the cliffs in Hunstanton. Taking a quick look at the ruins of St Edmund’s Chapel on St Edmund’s Point with a glimpse of the Lighthouse through the archway (all that remains)….St Edmund, King of East Anglia from 855 was beheaded by the Vikings in 869 for not renouncing his faith, his head was tossed into the forest and later recovered by his men at the feet of a wolf who was keeping it safe! And so we have a wolf….We then took a closer look at the Lighthouse, closed in 1922 and now an holiday home…Before walking down towards this fabulous beach….

A short way along the beach, beyond the dunes and a collection of pretty beach huts, sits the flint stone village of Old Hunstanton…

Continuing along the beach a fairly deep (wellies ok but walking boots not so) divides the beach and we are forced to stay on the inland side (the tide is coming in and I certainly don’t want to get caught out!

Our turning point is Holme-next-the-sea where marshlands stretch in front of us before a stretch of low tide beach and the sea.

On our return we are trying to stay ahead of the rather black looking cloud that seems to be coming our way…

We don’t quite make it but it is fortunately short and sharp and though we get wet, the following sun and ever present breeze soon sorts us out again.

We even linger a while to watch the kite surfers – crikey they must be cold!!

A delightful 5 mile walk and home to find out what Boris has in store for us today.

From Heacham to Hunstanton….

A grey day but a dry one so all is well again. We are headed back into Heacham today but I am not paying silly money to park the car again (£2 for 1 hour!), so we parked in the centre of the village by the duck pond and walked the mile or so down to the beach. To our left is South Beach….

And to our right is North Beach and the start of the promenade that will take us into Hunstanton.

The tide is high so we choose to walk along the promenade rather than along the soft sand and stony beach and actually quite enjoy looking at all the beach huts that line the promenade….

These beach huts sell for around £10k (£50k less than those beauties at Wells-next-the-sea!) – I think they are great but prefer mine with wheels!

Not sure yet how much beach there is at lower tides – we’ll see. How fab are these zigzagging groynes?

Soon the beach huts where replaced by bigger holiday properties and caravans as we arrived in Hunstanton. The beach is still a mix of sand and stones but the tide here comes in further.

We continued to walk along the front – the cafes and amusements are starting to come alive for the forthcoming season – you can’t help wandering whether this will be a short term effort? We walk as far as St Edmund’s Point saving Old Hunstanton for another day.

A very pleasant 7.5 mile walk and not a drop of rain!

A mizzog walk on Snettisham Beach….

A grey start quickly followed be some rather damp mizzle for – yes I’m afraid the rest of the day – it just snivelled by. Still we shall not allow a little damp stuff to stand in our way and set off for Heacham. Instead of exploring pastures new we opted for walking back along Snettisham Beach which was deserted so that Poppydog could have a good runabout.

And she’s gone….Then she’s back, a speck on the horizon….

We kept this up for an hour before giving in to the dampness and heading back to the warmth of home.

From Snettisham to Heacham….

Another fine day here in Norfolk – is spring on the way? Whatever, we are going to enjoy it anyway. Today we headed back to Shepherds Port and our sneaky parking spot, but this time we are walking northwards towards Hunstanton.

I’m afraid I just can’t resist a shot with marram grass in it!

The beach here is still mostly stony so lying on it might be a bit lumpy and sand castle building a no no and as the tide is high again I’m not sure what the swimming conditions would be like – time will tell.

For a couple of miles the beach is backed by the sand covered sea wall and behind that a large Nature Reserve with wetlands and marshlands. Fabulous dog walking country. As we walked along the dunes / sea wall which incidentally we pretty much had to ourselves, stretching in front of us is South Beach, Heacham.

Here the brisk breeze is being put to good use as a few kite surfers glide over the surf at a fair rate of knots!

The beach is empty and Poppydog has found a ball, so we pause a while, for me a sit in the sun to watch the kite surfing and for Poppydog….

Her own little game of fetch cum hide and seek – who knows? But if it keeps her quiet, entertained and running off some energy then it is good by me.

Now please don’t think me facetious but I believe we are self-isolating as best we can in these very strange times. Keep well and safe.

Chasing seagulls at Ingoldmells….

A rather nice sunny day, still a tad chilly but the wind has dropped for a while at least. A bit of a domestic day for us today making the most of the fine weather to de-sand the van and do a bit of washing. All done, we set off for a walk along the beach. North of Seathorne, the beach is backed by the huge Butlins Holiday Park which is all fenced in with only one access point and though there appear to be plenty of people in the holiday park they don’t appear to be beach types and so we have the beach to ourselves.

And poppydog gets to do what she likes best, run free and chase seagulls…

This one in particular was definitely ‘playing’ staying up above but never too far away….

One happy, wet and sandy hound….

Oh well it wouldn’t be right to have the van stay sand free for too long!

Couldn’t resist another photo of Seathorne – we shall miss this view….