Where: East Anglia
How Long: 5 Days
5 Days in Norfolk and Suffolk. Based near Norwich, Starting near A1 and enjoying the best these counties have to offer
Tour Operator: cct (MK)
Available: March 30th – April 2nd 2017
This is a provisional itinerary and more information will be available as we complete our recce visits.
EAST ANGLIA TOUR
It is some time since we visited East Anglia so we thought we should have another look and see if we can come up with something new. Rather than start in the heart of the area we thought we would make it easier for most of our regular customers by starting near the A1. However after due consideration we decided it would be better to start later in the morning but a little nearer to our ultimate destination. The start will therefore be at the Imperial War Museum at Duxford.
Day One – Thursday 30th
Meet for coffee at the Imperial War Museum at 10 am. After coffee and distribution of paperwork we will have a tour of the museum. This should take us to lunch time so there will be the option to have lunch at the museum also before starting the route.
From Duxford the route takes us south east into Essex briefly, passing through the delightfully named villages of Castle Camp, Helion Bumpstead and Steeple Bumpstead. We then turn north east into Suffolk and make our way towards Bury St Edmunds. There will be a ‘tea stop’ at the spectacular Ickworth House before we skirt the town and head off through country roads and more picturesque villages such as Walsham le Willows and go past the source of the Little Ouse river. A final cross country run brings us to our hotel for the weekend outside the city of Norwich.
Day Two – Friday 31st
Today we start by heading south from the city on quiet country roads through the pleasant villages of Trentshall St Mary and Pulham St Mary before turning east through the small towns of Bungay and Beccles. We then head north into the Norfolk Broads. These expanses of water are best visited by boat but we will zig-zag our way through on dry land (only taking to the water once!), as we make our way to the coast for a coffee stop at the little seaside village of Winterton on Sea with its vast sandy beaches.
We then follow the coast northwards through Mundesley and Cromer to a lunch stop in Sherringham. The afternoon run takes us inland again through Holt and south to Melton Constable where we pass the deer park and make a short detour to the Thursford Collection. This is one of the biggest collections of traction engines and fairground organs in the country. From here we follow the River Wensum and a short run on minor roads around Norwich back to the hotel.
Day Three – Saturday April 1st
Off to the seaside again, but this time the Suffolk coast. We skirt the town of Bungay again as we head to Southwold for coffee. From here it is just a short run around the estuary to the atmospheric village of Dunwich, most of which has now been washed away into the sea. From here we turn inland and some more country roads on our way to lunch at the ancient village of Laxford where one of the pubs is one of very few in the country to not actually have a bar. Don’t panic! The beer is served straight from the barrel in the tap room.
In the afternoon we meander through more country lanes to the village of Eye before heading north back to our hotel.
Day Four – Sunday April 2nd
We head west today, but not out of East Anglia. First we head towards the forest and moors of Breckland before turning north to Swafham. We go through the town to the ancient fortified village of Castle Acre where we stop for coffee near the ruined Priory. We then go north west to another attractive village, Castle Rising with its impressive castle before we by-pass the Royal Estate at Sandringham. Instead we turn north east to reach the coast at Wells by the Sea (which isn’t exactly by the sea!) and stop for lunch at the spectacular Holkham Hall. This 18th century stately home has a 300 acre deer park and a mile long lake.
After lunch we turn inland for a little detour to great Walsingham and then back to the coast at Blakeney. From here we turn south again and follow minor roads back to the hotel.
OPTIONAL DAY FIVE – MONDAY 3rd
As our hotel is just down the road from Hethel it would seem rude not to visit the LOTUS factory. If enough people are interested we can arrange this – for an additional fee.
OPTIONAL LOTUS FACTORY VISIT £39 per person.