Walcott on the East Coast of Norfolk is a small village
and sits yards from the sea, a place much loved by
caravanners. The village has one or two shops and
a good village inn The Lighhouse Pub, that has gained a
reputation of serving good quality meals.
Walcott has stretches of fine sandy beaches and there is
a slip way for launching boats and jet skis. The
promenade extends all the way to the next seaside
village of Bacton, for a
nice mornings walk.
Up the road is the village of Happisburgh with its red
and white lighthouse, topped in height by Happisburghs
church St. Mary. Both towers command fine views
out to sea and over the village below.
Happisburghs other claim to fame are its past visitors
namely Sir Arthur Conan Doyle writer of the Sherlock
Holmes mysteries and Charles Dickens author or Oliver
Twist and Great Expectations amongst many other.
The village even has a resident ghost. Memories of sea
tragedies abound in its grave yard, where amongst the
many shipwreck victims is a mass grave commemorating 119
sea men from HMS Invincible. These men lost their lives
in on the notorious Happisburgh Sands in 1801. The ship
was on it's way to join Nelson's fleet at Copenhagen
when the tragedy occurred.
Slightly over four miles away is the 18
acre garden the Old Vicarage at East
Ruston with fine views of Happisburgh church and
the lighthouse from its lawns. This multi-faceted garden
has been designed and created by Alan Gray and his
partner Graham Robeson.
Inland is the market town of North Walsham, which
has plenty of variety to offer shoppers. The main street
has most of the amenities that are needed including
supermarkets and the Thursday market, that fills the
streets is well worth attending.