At the beginning of February I packed up the car full of clothes, boots & of course my trusted Wilma to go on an adventure – which we’d kept a secret from Patrick. We picked him up & a smile grew as he saw the fluffy delight that is Wilma, in the front passenger seat well.
We truntled along to a Neds Nest, a beautiful dog friendly converted stable. We were greeted with a table full of treats for both humans and dogs!
After settling in & meeting Jane we went to our first pub, Vernon Arms. A real locals place, good pub grub, nothing fancy, but well cooked, it’s cosy & a big wood burning stove sits in the corner. Really friendly staff and locals alike.
The next morning we had breakfast over making plans for the day with the delicious smell of daffodils. The great thing about Neds nest, is all the information they have on the local area, they recommend pubs, walks, shops & much more.
Our first day was spent walking around Wells-next-the-sea, very close to Holkham. We wandered along the beach seeing the beautiful array of multicolour beach huts sitting on their stilts. Then round to a few small sand dunes, dogs love the sand dunes. Wilma thought it was absolutely great, a real sniffers dream!
I’m such a creep with the camera, but I just love taking pictures of people unawares (but obviously, only people I know – less creepy? probz not)
Then followed a path through the woods, with Wilma every now and again insisting we went another way than we had intended, soon she’d stop, huff and follow on much to her disappointment.
February on the British coast, as one can imagine is pretty cold, but fear not warm your cockles in the little cafe by the car park. They have lots of delicious treats & even some fun ones for your pooch! We grabbed a cuppa and a seat for a quick warm up before heading off.
As you can see Wilma had her best puppy dog eyes for some more of those delicious treats that Neds nest had sourced here!
After hopping back in the car and realising we had time to spare before lunch we made our way to Stiffkey (pronounced stookey) salt marshes, where much to my surprise Wilma got well and truly muddy. My little Wilma is often rather a princess when it comes to mud, but here she was running through it, often taking the shortest route, but still wading through.
The fab thing with Norfolk is that most pubs, restaurants & cafes are dog friendly, even if you aren’t allowed in the main serving area, they’ll have a cosy spot of shelter.
Which is what we found when we visited the lovely Stiffkey stores. A true trinket box stuffed full of books, cards, food, wines & house hold ammenities, as well as a cafe & an outdoor area full of beautiful home decor. Definitely worth a stop for their glorious peanut butter blondies & a browse.
After that we made our way back to Ned’s nest for a lazy afternoon in front of the Six nations and truly appreciating the cosiness of our surroundings and a few of those earlier mentioned treats.
Everything is just perfect in Ned’s nest, everything you might need they have. Every single corner is pinterest worthy & certainly full of future home inspo!
Dinner came in the form visiting the Walpole Arms. A beautiful place, feels more formal than the Vernon Arms, but just as lovely. Seriously huge portions of true British fare. I would certainly call is a gastro-pub as the presentation is definitely though through with each dish we saw. Also order the truffle mayo cheesy chips, you won’t regret it, but you may not be able to finish them, I certainly couldn’t after my mega portion of food. Go hungry. Leave satisfied.
Wilma decided the next morning a lie-in was not on the cards, so I took advantage of this earlier than intended start and got to work at making a snazzy brekkie for Patrick to set us up for a day of working our way down the coast from Cromer.
We parked up on several stops along the way taking in beach front walks, coffee breaks & a particularly windy wander through the marram grass & by the seaside at Horsey Corner – a particularly good spot for seal watching – before heading back towards home.
Our trip was full of pub trips, long walks & lazing about our new found haven – perfection!