The Village of Walcott in Norfolk
A visitors guide to the village of Walcott
on the East Coast of Norfolk. The small village of Walcott sits yards from
the sea, a place much loved by caravanners. The village has one or
two shops and a good village inn The Lighthouse 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
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.
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