My Favourite Places – Norfolk blogger Cookie
Her down-to-earth and reassuringly funny mishap-mum blogs, reviews and insta posts offer insight, advice and relief to many Norfolk mums. Muddy gets the lowdown on Cookie's (@cookiecrumblesuk) top places to visit across the county.
View – Overstrand towards Cromer
I love Cromer all year round. I’ve many fond memories of coming here as a child crabbing on the pier and making sandcastle cars late into the evening. Dad, ever the competitor, would bring fresh squid and a hand made crabbing net to ensure we always caught the most! I’ll never know where I get my competitive side 😊
However my favourite view is not from the pier or even from the top of the hill, but if you travel a little bit out of Cromer towards Overstrand, there’s a little cliff path which will take you to the beach. In the late summer months we enjoy going later on in the day and watching the sunset over Cromer pier in the distance. This year I spent my socially distanced birthday down there with bubbles and fire and family. Bootiful!
Wells Miniature Railway
Wells is great for the whole family as it has a little bit of everything, quirky shops like ‘Bring the Outside In’ and ‘Glitter and Mud’. A fantastic park for the kids, amusements and quay for crabbing. But the best bit for me is a trip on the miniature railway down to the beach.
The beach is a favourite with my kids as when the tide goes out they take great pleasure in getting absolutely covered in thick black mud. We never leave wells without a homemade ice cream from The Wells Ice Cream Company. They also have a shop in Hunstanton and formulate ice cream flavours based on customer suggestions. The Turkish delight and Ferrero Rocher are my faves.
Temple Seal Trips
Seals and more seals, Blakeney and Horsey gap are great to visit to see the seals but if you want to see them up close you need a boat and there’s none better than Temples seal trips at Morston key. The boat trip is a must do experience and will take you right up to Blakeney point to sea the seals in their natural habitat. The company holds a special place in my heart as Jane the owner organised my sisters surprise engagement picnic after a romantic boat ride.
I must also mention The Anchor Pub and restaurant which is the perfect place to eat after a morning of seal spotting. The fish chowder is out of this world and Bono loves the beer garden.
So many walks to choose from but a fave with the whole family is Holt country park, lots of different trails to choose from, sculptures, wild horses and after all that exercise Hetty’s House. Hetty’s House is a little wooden tea shop which does a mean sausage roll and cup of coffee. They have also revamped the kids playground and the visitor center staff are always so welcoming and good with the kids.
Pubs with grub (for when the time comes!)
A favourite pub is so difficult I have loads for different reasons, The Pigs in Edgefield for their iffits and the kids park, The Plough in Marsham for the Dirty Fries and seafood pizza, The Maltsers at Ranworth broad is a great dog friendly one. But the one I go back to again and again is the Buckinghamshire Arms in Blickling. The food is locally sourced – Wilba always plumps for a Swannington farm to fork sausage and chips! The staff are friendly and the outside dining area is really pretty.
Not to mention it backs on to The Blickling Estate which we visit most weeks for dog walks or a bike ride. Many moons ago I use to work at the Bucks Arms making beds and waitressing. I’ll always remember the day I paused momentarily to lay on one of the massive four poster beds while hoovering, only to wake up some time later, drool down my chin. Thankfully the previous guests had left the room in good nic which is not what I told my boss as I came downstairs panicked and dazed!
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