Last Wednesday I set off with Greater Anglia to explore their coastal Bittern line. Connecting Norfolk’s capital, Norwich, to the seaside havens of Cromer and Sheringham, the line makes for the perfect day trip to escape the city. Family and budget friendly, for £11 you can get a Bittern Ranger ticket and have all day access to the line. And with kids going for half price its a can’t miss offer.
After boarding the train at Norwich Station, which was made easy thanks to the friendly staff and wide variety of food options available, I was beach bound and off on an adventure.
Fifteen minutes after setting off from Norwich we reached Wroxham to see the broad. The station was only a short walk from both the broad and the town centre and after a quick stop at the Broads information centre to find out what Wroxham had to offer I wandered into town.
As I only had an hour I decided not to go too far from the station, from the centre I walked along the broad to the boardwalk trail. The broad is so serine and its understandable why so many people choose to vacation here. Passing some colourful boats, airy woods, and ending back in the centre the trail showed off Wroxham in its best light. Then I walked back up to the station and hopped back on a train heading to Cromer.
Before this trip I had only been to Cromer once, but it was enough to give me a taste of what the seaside town had to offer. It was raining when I arrived so I decided to seek refuge in the Grey Seal Coffee and had an oat milk hot chocolate and read the Great Gatsby until the rain stopped. I couldn’t go to Cromer and not see the pier so I headed down and met the cutest dachshund puppy and chatted to some of the visitors. From the pier the beach is a only a skip, step, and a hop away so I headed down and walked down towards the crisp sea. As I was walking back up some colourful beach huts caught my eye and after asking a lifeguard to snap a quick photo of me I began the 10 minute walk back up to the station.
The bright and bubbly town of Sheringham was only a short ride away from Cromer. With it’s centrally located station getting to the beach was made a breeze. I explored a bit before stopping for a cuppa and my favourite activity; people watching. Popping in and out of boutiques on the way I trotted back up the station to begin the journey home. However, the train was delayed meaning I was an hour behind schedule and I got home quite a bit later than planned. My number one piece of advice in this situation is to make the most of it. At first I was annoyed about the delay, however I made the most of the extra time and headed back to the beach.
Overall, I really enjoyed my day with Greater Anglia exploring the coast and hope you enjoyed reading about it. If you would like some more information about the Bittern Line click here, if you want to book tickets click here, and if you simply want to learn more about Greater Anglia click here. As always thank you for reading and if you have any questions please let me know.