Planning complete (Whitt)

Mrs Taylor is now confirmed for the next 2.5 day slug, so we have been able to complete the necessary bookings for accommodation, lifts, meals etc. and we think we might have her hooked. She actually left saying she was looking forward to the walk as much as she’d look forward to a weekend in Paris! Has she forgotten what we put her through…?IMG_3667.jpg

The Wandering Mod may or may not join us over the weekend, depending on his training. He’s had a couple of set backs, including a tendon hernia that had him grounded for a while and, frankly, still looks a bit owie.

First hotel booked : it’s a bit posher than we have been used to. This is Mrs Taylor’s influence, no doubt, she’s got class and has travelled. She also reminded me that we needed to have something a little more stylish than shorts to wear for supper, when I asked why we couldn’t carry everything. I’d counted on packing clean T-shirts, underwear and a toothbrush, and thought we could share face cream and toothpaste.

Day Five  : Sea Palling to Cromer

Rendezvous Sea Palling car park with packed lunches containing light food (rice cakes, candy floss etc ) and head off towards the coastal erosion/coastal path with four additional walkers (human and canine). Happisburgh, Baction and Mundesley are on the itinerary before slipping into something more comfortable at The Grove Hotel in Cromer. We have a family room booked; large double bedroom downstairs with two singles in the roofspace, complete with balcony, from which we can chuck stuff at whoever gets the long straw. Hopefully then enjoy a delightful meal in our finery.

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Day six – leave after a full and filling breakfast, no later than 10:00, as we could then make it as far as Cley before we need more food. If not there is Cookies at Salthouse famous for their shellfish, but a slight detour. The last section of this day is very winding and follows creeks and riverbanks inland to Cley on the newly refurbished North Norfolk Coastal path. Again, there will be checks made before the date, as there has been flooding in the area recently. The White Horse Hotel is our home for the night in Blakeney, and is run by Adnams, so we can guarantee a really decent gin here.

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Day seven – leave after a light breakfast in case we make it as far as the Victoria Pub in Holkham. If not, it’s the shellfish stall in Wells.

I’ve just received confirmation from our posh hotel, with this attached, oooooooh, breakfast in bed!!!!!

Our double AA rosette restaurant under head chef Michael West serves the best local produce, with fruit and vegetables straight from the garden.  If you have not already done so we strongly advise booking your table for dinner as early as possible, especially for weekends as residents are not guaranteed tables.   Please note that some dishes require up to forty-eight hours’ notice – see our website or call for details.

 For breakfast you can choose from smoked salmon and eggs, waffles with best Icarus Hines’ back bacon and maple syrup, Bray’s Cottage pork pies or of course our legendary full English, and you can even treat yourself with breakfast in bed.

 Don’t forget your swimming costume for our indoor heated pool, and if you want to build up an appetite for dinner you can walk through the grounds into Warren Woods and up to the cliffs and the beach beyond.

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