I walked this, the 17th stage of the Grand Norfolk Hike, in late August 2015.
On a bright and sunny Saturday morning, Smithy the Cairn Terrier and I took the train to the east coast town of Lowestoft and picked up the trail from where I had left off two years ago.
It takes a little while to arrive at the beach from the station but once there we were met with wide open spaces, virtually empty of anyone but ourselves.
I let Smithy off the lead and he began to run back and forth across the sand with much joy and vigour.
While Smithy chased new found dog friends, I tried to take a couple of arty seaside shots.
The day began to heat up and I took my sandals off and ventured into the sea for a paddle. Smithy looked on, not really sure what to make of it all.
At the half-way point of the hike we were forced inland as the beach disappeared and the route became unnavigable. Unfortunately it was also made clear that the cliff top route was out of bounds due to coastal erosion.
After a mile or so of unrelaxing road walking the dog and I made the decision to ignore the signs and we took off cross-country towards the sea.
After some faffing about and climbing over and around obstacles we found ourselves back on the beach, where we sat down for lunch. A tasty pork and apple pasty from our local butcher for me, and Scooby snacks for Smithy.
We then settled down for a little beach nap.
Back on the trail, the docks of Great Yarmouth came sharply into view. The dog and I posed for a self-portrait to celebrate.
It’s a long walk through the back streets of Yarmouth to the station. The dog started glancing up at me with those ‘are you sure you know what you’re doing?’ looks. Which was fair enough, he had covered over 13 miles that day on his little terrier legs.
At the station I enjoyed a cuppa tea while Smith took a nap.
We arrived back home tired but happy, pleased with our hike in the August summer sun.
Almost finished the Grand Norfolk Hike!!
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