Monday, 9 April 2012

Norwich Riverside Walk from Bishops Bridge

Well, it wasn't a particularly nice day (it was Easter!), but having been indoors all weekend, we decided to venture out, stretch the legs a bit and get some fresh air.  We decided to walk around a part of the Wensum river that we don't often see so we parked up on Riverside Road and walked down the steps next to Bishop's Bridge to reach the riverside walk.  

Almost immediately, we came across Cow Tower across the river,  looking bigger in real life than I remember it.  Cow Tower was part of the city defences and was built around 1398-9, so pretty old!

Carrying on, we came to a new pedestrian bridge which I hadn't seen before, called Jarrold's Bridge***, which was built to link up a new riverside development with the historic city centre. 

Something tells me that the positioning of this bridge was no accident!  As you approach the bridge the view of Norwich Cathedral is right in line with the bridge, making a perfect photo opportunity.  It's a very modern bridge and I enjoyed experimenting with a few photo angles.  And made a note to go back on a sunnier day to take some more.  

*** New news!***
This bridge has received a commendation at the Structural Steel Design Awards at a ceremony held at the Museum of London in the middle of July 2012. The judges commented that ‘This beautifully crafted structure gives an impression of already being well established in its setting’.

We crossed over at the bridge and following the river round we passed opposite St James Mill, a Grade 1 listed building described as "the quintessential English Industrial Revolution mill".   A row of beautiful weeping willows fronts the river's edge.


We then had to leave the river briefly and cross a road before rejoining the riverside walk until we reached this colourful row of houses, recently refurbished, with Fye Bridge on the right, and a glimpse of city hall's green-topped tower behind the buildings.

From here, we turned left and wandered a bit through the cathedral quarter, looking a little bit at this and that, whatever caught our eye.  We walked up an unremarkable narrow street that we had never been up before and found ourselves at the end of Elm Hill, a very pretty and famous cobbled street of medieval houses.

We then walked down to the strangely named Tombland and then through the Cathedral gates into Cathedral Close, with its "chocolate box" pretty houses.  Finally along past the Great Hospital and back over Bishops Bridge to the car.

A very enjoyable walk with a lot of old, a bit of new and a new discovery for me!







Tuesday, 3 April 2012

Cromer to Overstrand Clifftop Walk

Cromer to Overstrand Clifftop Walk
We found ourselves on Sunday in the happy position of having had a full guest house all weekend but no-one at all booked in on Sunday night.  A whole day off in our business is as rare as hens teeth so definitely to be made the most of and relished wherever possible!
Cromer to Overstrand Walk

It turned out to be a nice day too so we headed off to Cromer for one of our favourite walks. It's a good walk and fairly hilly too (not all of Norfolk is flat!) so a cafe stop before the return walk is always part of the package for us! It's probably slightly less than 2 miles each way.  With a cafe at each end, we start at either Cromer or Overstrand depending on where we can get parked and which cafe we want to end up in! Both cafes are good but different in style so it depends what you want. There's the Clifftop cafe in Overstrand and the Rocket cafe in Cromer.

Cromer to Overstrand Walk
One of the things I like about the walk is that the landscape changes as you go along and there are plenty of points of interest too. You start off walking up hilly ground which looks like scrub land with a little lighthouse at the top. You can get an idea of the scale in the picture above where you can just make out a few people walking down the hill.

There are a few benches at this, the Cromer end of the walk where you can sit and look over the views of Cromer and its pier. 


You then walk through a windy narrow path surrounded by bushes of fragrant gorse. Then the path opens out again and you find yourself walking alongside the golf course, with it's lush green grass and groups of trees. All the while you've got the clifftop on your left with the drop down to the sandy beach getting higher and higher as you go.

Gorse at Cromer, NorfolkEventually you reach the top of the hill and the descent to Overstrand is before you with some beautiful views of the coastline on your left and the open fields on your right.

Cromer is about 40 minutes drive from our guest house in Norwich so it's an easy day trip out from the city.   





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