Monthly Archives: September 2013

Trains rule

The Norfolk Broads have a lot of back roads & most are pretty flat. I can’t see a TdF stage being run there but I certainly appreciated them. We had a few rides just exploring the roads, mostly traffic-free & coming across various sights.


This rail crossing seemed innocuous & so we scuttled across without phoning first – & then watched a railcar whistle through! I guess trains rule in these parts?


Starting one ride from a pub carpark meant we really ought to “pay our way” afterwards?


Norfolk treats

One of our delightful, sunny Norfolk days was very educational & entertaining. We discovered barns that were factories, broads that are waterways, mills that don’t grind grain, beached seals & heavenly cream scones!

Headed out on a drive & located Waxham barn. This restored historic barn was huge & built for threshing grain; very impressive – as was the Ploughman’s plate served in the cafe in an added wing. (I never cease to be amazed at the food offerings at some out-of-the-way places?)


Next stop was one of the preserved windmills, a National Trust site that provided local information & a cafe. It was all a treat, the information staff advice & food, the windmill tour, the local sights & wildlife. Our education came from understanding more about the Norfolk Broads; the low-lying lands needing continual drainage of water (to avoid returning to marsh-lands?) that is channeled into local canals & broad waterways via pumps originally operated through windmills (& now automated).


Next, acting on advice from the National Trust guides, we walked through to the coast, over the huge sand-dunes that form part of a coastal sea defence & along the sands to gaze upon dozens of lazing seals.


The final treat wasn’t the relief from finishing the long walk, nor from finding the NT cafe still open (both treats in themselves), it was the quality of the “cream scones”!