After a good 134 miles of driving in a North Easterly direction which took nearly 3 hours you will hit the North Norfolk Coast. The North Norfolk Coastal Path runs from Hunstanton to Cromer and beyond. Over fens, marshland, pine wood, sand dunes, pebbles,cliff tops,around harbours walls, moorings and endless beaches the walk can be breathtaking. Covered by sheets 132 and 133 of the Ordnance Survey, it is worth looking at these to get a real sense of what is around as it is easy to just focus on the coast.
One thing that is constant is the shrill of the birds, endless blue skies and some stunning sunsets come rain or shine.
On my personal list of places I would set my roots this is one of them. There are many stunning villages along the way where pastoral life is depicted by neatly manicured lawns, rose arches, National Trust paint coloured doors and windows and a profusion of colour of cultivated and wild flowers. There is also a more gentle way of life where people have time to greet you with a smile and politeness is part of their natural demeanor.
Villages such as Wells next the Sea, Stiffkey, Morston, Blakeney,Cley next the Sea, Salthouse, Burnham Thorpe, Burnham Market, Thornham make up the usual haunts visited by those heading from London, Peterborough and Nottingham. Also all the ale houses where there is always a warm welcome to the traveller and where fishing stories are told.
In a recent program on television on ‘The History of Art In Three Colours’ presented by Dr James Fox where they look at the influence of colour in art, all of them are here in the summer months, golden-yellow, blue and white. There are also purple, grey, red and more tones of green than you can count on both hands. This recent visit has inspired me to paint, so the brushes and paints are now out in the studio with canvases prepared.
Some beaches are made up of fine golden sand and others are a mix of more earthy tones and greys where they are made up of rounded pebbles from years of rolling in the surf.
Near Happisburgh a location made famous by artists such as Nicholson, Hepburn and Moore, the beaches and lower cliffs are made up of large flints, some look like prehistoric dinosaur bones it is documented that this is what inspired Moore with his sculptures.
I sense it wont be long until the car is packed again for another journey.