Sunday, 23 July 2017

A Royal Location.....

We have enjoyed some mixed weather over the past week since we have been here at our site on the Sandringham Estate......
Sandringham House is within walking distance of our location being just a mile up the road...
We have walked up to the visitors centre but have not made a proper visit yet.....
There will be a flower show in the grounds of the house on Wednesday this coming week and we are planning to visit the grounds and the church then.....
'The Norfolk Gates' of Sandringham House
We have a nice pitch at the C&CC site situated in amongst the trees..... The site itself is pretty big having over 270 pitches and ten members of staff to run it... It is the largest site that we have stayed on since we started fulltiming nearly two and a half years ago.... 
Our pitch at the Sandringham C&CC site....(Note: Still flying the Devon Flag)
The cycling in the area continues to be good.... Lots of B-roads with very light motorised traffic... The more I have cycled in Suffolk and Norfolk the more I see what a great area it is for cycle touring. I was so lucky to have cycled in these counties all those years ago when the roads were even quieter than they are now.
Since we have been here I have cycled up to the North Norfolk coast a few times and enjoyed each ride...... 
Village sign on one of my rides..
A view along the Groynes at Hunstanton
 We have also visited Hunstanton a traditional small seaside town which I have always thought of as the Swanage of the East Coast.... 
The last time I visited the town was on Boxing Day about forty years ago when I visited a friend who had moved there.... The town certainly seems to have grown a bit since that last visit and doesn't seem as desolate a place as it seemed to be on that day.. Mind you the picture that I have shown here doesn't show the best view of the town so don't judge it by that photograph.

Two things of interest about Hunstanton are:-
1) It's the only East Coast seaside resort where you can watch the sun set directly over the sea .
2) It's also the home to Britains largest joke shop which is packed to the rafters with things like itching powder and whoopie cushions.....

Castle Rising.... The Castle Keep showing just above the mounds of the dry moat.
 A couple of days ago we completed the five mile return walk to Castle Rising another place that I haven't visited for forty plus years....
The main attraction at Castle Rising other than the very nice tea rooms is of course the castle...

It is a 12th century castle that became the home of Queen Isabella, mother of Edward 111, following her part in the brutal murder of her husband, Edward 11 in 1327.
The current owner is a descendant of William D'Albini 11 the Norman Baron who raised the castle.....
Interior view at Castle Rising Keep.

Another interior view of the Castle Keep
 After visiting the Castle a visit to the superb tea rooms was in order for a spot of lunch and as we were leaving the tea rooms we noticed a telephone box on the corner of the road...
We took a double take .... the telephone box was full of books with a notice stating that this was the Castle Rising village library.....
Whether this was the result of financial cuts and needing to move to smaller premises I don't know...but pretty unusual just the same....Dare I say 'a pretty novel idea'
Telephone Box - Home to Castle Rising Village Library
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6 comments:

anniebikes said...

What an ingenious use of a telephone box! Better than tearing them all down...

Trevor Woodford said...

*anniebikes*
I agree Annie-too many have disappeared already....

Marsha said...

I'm so very, very jealous. The phone box. The castle. Your bike rides make Florida seem, well, a tad dull. Thank heavens for your pictures to keep things interesting. Your posts are a treat.

Trevor Woodford said...

*Marsha*
Thank you Marsha for your very kind comments. I'm pleased that you enjoy the posts.

GreenComotion said...

Hi Trevor-
Royal place indeed.
It is really nice to note that you have ridden in many of these areas, when in fact there weren't many cars on the road - how nice that must have been!
I love your photographs of the view of the castle - really great.
Have a Wonderful Time, cycling and trekking!
Peace :)

Trevor Woodford said...

*GreenComotion*
The cycling in East Anglia has been great. There is a maze of country lanes and B roads which have proved to be surprisingly almost traffic free....it's been a joy. :-)