Sunday 15th August 2021
After breakfast we secured the house and departed. Out on to the M3 then the M25. We made good time to the M11. With slowish traffic we passed Stansted and followed the A11 and A14 to Newmarket. Stopping at Tesco for some last minute shopping we pushed onto Ely. Stopping next to The River Great Ouse for lunch of cheese and ham rolls. Then the last 30 minutes into the Sandringham Caravan Club Site.
Setting up our pitch we were soon into tea and cookies. We whiled away the afternoon chatting to our new neighbours. The morning showers had moved away and we needed the awning up because the sun was quite strong.
Monday 16th August 2021
Up at half seven this morning for an early breakfast. We have tickets for Sandringham House at half ten and are not sure how long it will take to cycle there. Leaving Kelda at 09:00, even with a diversion due to bad navigation it only took 30 minutes.
Finding the bike park we chained up the bikes and when the ticket office opened we got our entry tickets. The short walk through the grounds got us to the front door. Wandering through the house looking at all the paintings, ornaments and antique firearms was very interesting.
Back out in the grounds we walked to the stables and grabbed a coffee. Then to Queen Alexander's Nest before finding a picnic spot. With a large queue for the church we decided to head back to Kelda for the afternoon and revisit the church another day.
Tuesday 17th August 2021
A rainy start to the day. With no point in jumping out of bed due to the bad weather we decided on breakfast in bed, how lazy.
After lunch with the rain showers past we hopped on our bikes and rode to the church at Sandringham. After a short visit we continued on to West Newton and the local butcher's shop. Opposite was another church so we popped in for a look.
Riding back to the campsite we had tea and cake whilst chilling. Then dinner and bed. Tomorrow looks to be a nicer day, weather-wise so we plan a busier day.
Wednesday 18th August 2021
Awake by eight, covid tests and breakfast before cycling out of the caravan park. Cutting through the woods to the road to Wolferton. A short ride later we arrived at the Royal Station. It's closed as a station now and a private house but normally open for visitors. However due to covid it's closed even for that. We could still see the platform and signal box.
Retracing our route to the main road we headed towards Castle Rising. After a mile on the main road we came to the cycle path and got out of the traffic. The cycle path cuts across country and cuts out a largish detour. In Castle Rising we found the cafe and stopped for coffee and cake (banana mmm).
With phone signal we caught up with news, e-mail and social media. Moving on we found Castle Rising Castle. Paying the £5 each entry fee we spent an hour wandering around. It's a very good Castle as they go. Eating our picnic lunch in the ruins of the Chapel we perched on the remains of a wall to rest our legs.
The return trip was easy, back to the main road on the cycle path. Crossing the main road took time as it was very busy. Then a short ride back to Kelda and tea. With the bikes on charge we chilled until dinner, steak salad and bed.
Thursday 19th August 2021
After breakfast we left Kelda and waited at the bus stop by the camp site entrance for the number 35 bus to Hunstanton.
It arrived on time and we boarded purchasing a couple of return tickets. Weaving through the villages we took 40 minutes to arrive at Hunstanton bus station.
Walking along the sea front we wore our cagoule as the wind was a little chilly. At the end of the promenade we dropped down on to the beach and spent an hour rock pooling. Back up on the prom we got a coffee and an ice cream to eat while the coffee cooled.
Passing the amusement park we turned inland. After shopping for a few essentials in Tesco the bus was at the bus stop as we exited the shop. Thankfully there were a few people waiting to board so we managed to run to the stop before the bus left. Sitting down grateful that we hadn't missed the bus because it was an hour until the next one.
It was then that we realised that we hadn't checked that this was the number 35 and actually going our way. Checking the route map, it was only when we turned off of the main road that we could relax knowing that this was the correct bus.
Back at Kelda the sun came out and with everyone else out for the day we had nice fast Internet. Spent the rest of the day chilling out.
Friday 20th August 2021
Moving day today. Leaving Sandringham and driving to Great Yarmouth. A leisurely breakfast before securing for the road. With the checklist complete and a stop at the waste disposal point we were on our way.
Cutting south to the A47 through country lanes and villages soon had us heading towards the coast. Stopping at a supermarket outside Norwich to restock food and drink we made good time to Great Yarmouth Racecourse. Checking in we found a good pitch and set up. Two pitches away we found our neighbours from Sandringham who moved yesterday.
Flashing up the Weber BBQ we had a nice fresh chicken schnitzel and caesar salad for dinner.
The clouds broke up during dinner and the sun came out. We sat and relaxed for the evening looking out over the Racecourse.
Saturday 21st August 2021
Leaving Kelda this morning we rode out of the site on our bikes. Turning left at the entrance we were soon on the sea front. Cycling in towards town we arrived at the beginning of the cycle/horse carriage/land train lane. Rolling along past the arcades, fun fairs and gift shops we soon left the tourist area.
Continuing along the seafront we made it to Nelsons Monument, which unfortunately now is an industrial area. The workmen burning rubbish in a skip didn't add much to the grandure, so we snapped a few pictures and moved on.
We decided to continue right to the end of the spit where the river Yare empties into the sea. Weaving past the port area we arrived at a turn-around area at one of the port gates. From here we could see Gorleston-on-sea. Jackie's Grandad's ship was named after Gorleston.
Retracing our route we stopped at a little cafe by The Venetian Waterways and had a coffee. It was now when Martin took of his helmet that we found that the drop of rain he had felt earlier was actually Bird poo that had dropped through a hole in his bike helmet.
Cutting into town we walked through the Minster grounds and graveyard to the River Bure. Cycling along the River to the park with the same name we stopped at a picnic bench for our lunch.
Back through the park to the main road and back to the Racecourse for tea and tiffin. With rain forecast for the afternoon and thunder storms tonight we stowed our chairs and battened down the hatches.
Sunday 22nd August 2021
After very heavy rain at midnight then thunder at six o'clock in the morning we were awake so did our covid tests and had an early cup of tea. At ten o'clock we drove out of the campsite and headed to Lowestoft. Stopping at Ness Point, the furthest point East in the UK, we walked around a bit and took some photos.
Moving in towards the High Street we found a carpark and went exploring. We had read about The Scores that run up the cilff to the town. Finding one "Spurgeon's Score" we walked up it and then along the High Street. At "Martin's Score" we walked back down the steep sloping stairs to where we had started.
Back at Kelda we drove to Gorleston and parked by the lighthouse. Unloading our bikes we cycled along the seafront past the pier and the beach. Stopping under one of the promenade shelters and sitting on a bench for lunch we watched the seals and the lifeboat practicing.
Cycling back along the front at Kelda we loaded up and returned to the caravan park. Emptying our grey water tank at the waste point, as we drove around the site means one less thing to do tomorrow morning. We got back to our pitch just in time to say goodbye to our Yorkshire neighbours, who are driving home today.
Martin's E-bike pedal was breaking towards the end of our ride, making grinding noises in the bearing. So we ordered a replacement pedal set from Amazon, to be delivered to a pick-up locker near Crystal Palace caravan park.
Monday 23rd August 2021
Moving day again, Great Yarmouth to Crystal Palace. After breakfast we packed up and cleared our pitch. Leaving it cleaner than when we arrived. Driving out of the racecourse we queued to get out of Great Yarmouth, but once clear we made good time. Stopping for shopping near Norwich, we soon arrived at the Queen Elizabeth II Bridge. Turning on to the A2 London bound we reached the South Circular.
As we approached Catford we noticed an articulated truck blocking the road at the next junction. It looks like a biker had gone under the wheels of the turning truck. As there were lots of people helping the rider, we skipped around the traffic queue by ducking down a side road. Pulling back out onto the South Circular half a mile down the road we carried on. The traffic going the other way was stationary and it was just us going our way.
Pulling into Crystal Palace we checked in and found our pitch. We managed to get a refill on our LPG cylinder. Then at about 2 o'clock Martin got a message to say that his pedals were ready for collection.
With the bikes on charge and the new pedals fitted we will be ready for tomorrow's outing. Steak and salad for dinner and an early night.
Tuesday 24th August 2021
After a relaxed start we spent a good few hours riding around the grounds of Crystal Palace. Finding the Sphinx and the Dinosaurs.
We sat on one of the many picnic beaches for our lunch before returning to Kelda. It's all up hill to the caravan park up by the mast.
An afternoon of housekeeping and an icecream followed. Also some chilling out and watching the arriving campers. Some have it sorted, others, well let's just call it entertaining.
Wednesday 25th August 2021
We decided to leave the bikes today and walk around Crystal Palace grounds, so we could do the bits we missed yesterday. We won't have to worry about locking the bikes up while we explore. Cutting down Old Cople Lane to the end we came out in the top corner of the park. Walking down to the maze, we found it open, yesterday the staff were pruning so we couldn't go in. Finding our way through the maze was easy enough and as we neared the centre we heard the ground staff arrive. We finished and left by the "Escape Gate" just as the workers were getting ready to start work.
Following the paths around the perimeter we found the Secret Garden and strolled through. There were bug boxes and magnifying glasses set out so we assumed that some kids would be having fun soon.
Moving on we grabbed a coffee at the cafe and relaxed in the sun for a while. Then passing the Dinosaurs we got near the farm and found a very large goat and some llamas eating the hedge by the path.
Making our way back up the hill we arrived at the Sphinx stairs and sat beside a Sphinx and ate our lunch. Then it was a short walk back to Kelda.
Thursday 26th August 2021
Packing up today for the last leg home. A splash and dash of enough fuel to get home and out into London traffic. Following Sat nav we ran through various back roads before hitting the A3.
Over the M25 and through Guildford and a stop at Tesco to stock up with food. Then we were home. Parking Kelda and emptying her for cleaning in preparation of the next trip.