CROMER - GEM OF THE NORFOLK COAST

On dark stormy nights, if you listen hard, you just might, if you strain really hard, hear the faint sounds of church bells ringing just off the end of Cromer's famous pier...

In 1086 at the time the Doomsday Book was written, it appears that Cromer did not exist - however there was a bustling town called Shipden..however in medieval times, this town slowly slipped into the sea - and it is the bells of Shipden church that allegedly can be heard ringing when the waves are whipped up by a strong nor'easter...

 Cromer has a long tradition of tourism - going back to the 1800's when a writer declared:

"In no bathing place in England is a temporary abode more reasonable than Cromer.   There are two good inns, the New Inn opposite the church, and the Kings Arms on the edge of the cliffs.   Each of them are cheap and equally well provided with excellent wines and every other article of convenience".

However it was with the coming of the railways that Cromer really started to gain a reputation as a resort of some quality...From the late 1880's Cromer played host to the likes of  Winston Churchill, Oscar Wilde, Sir Arthur Conan-Doyle, Albert Einstein, The King & Queen of Greece, the Empress of Austria, the Prince of Wales (the future Edward VII) who heavily patronised the excellent links golf course and many, many more...It was during this time that a noted writer, Clement Scott, started writing about the area in various London publications, giving it a name - "Poppyland" - a name that still rings true today if you ever have the privilege to be wandering the highways & byways during the summer when you'll see myriad of dancing red poppies dotted around the cornfields.

Today, Cromer is a  bustling seaside town, it's a family destination with plenty of small hotels, B&B's and caravan parks close by.   There's the pier with it's famous end of the pier summer show, the bracing beaches - blue flag winners for cleanliness - plenty of entertainment for children - it's everything you'll want for a traditional family holiday.   Don't forget to try the famous Cromer crabs - shipped daily to Harrods & Fortnums, try the local delicacy of Samphire (a bit like sea cabbage) - go for bracing walks on the cliffs, enjoy a round of golf @  Royal Cromer...

Just down the coast you've got Sheringham, Cley-Next-The-Sea, Blakeney, Wells and beyond.

 It's a beautiful place, so far untouched by the evils of modern over-development, get to North Norfolk while you can and enjoy the wide open spaces, the beautiful scenery and a part of the world that runs just that little bit slower and that little bit better than where you've just come from!

Oh, and to finish on a similar theme in which I started this, should you be travelling the lanes of North Norfolk on a similarly dark and stormy night, take care not to cross the path of Black Shuck...