Some time ago, I booked for us to have a weekend away, making use of trains and buses to revisit the little cottage on the north Norfolk coast where we enjoyed a week in September. I gave this pair of Ecco walking shoes a good polish because the plan was to walk along the coastal path.
It has to be said that the forecast was not promising, but we were lucky with the weather when we arrived. This is Cromer Pier in the sunshine.
We were back at East Runton, where there is a beach under chalk cliffs.
Here you are looking not at sand but at a seam of chalk which runs out across the beach itself.
Saturday was a wet day, so the costal path plan was abandoned. My husband took the bus in one direction to the bird reserve at Cley Marshes, while I caught the bus and then the train to Norwich.
Norwich Cathedral was running a Christmas Fair, and was absolutely packed with people. All around the cloisters were stalls selling every sort of chocolate, chutney, and gin you can imagine.
Norwich is always a visual delight: here a goldsmith's doorway relocated to its current site.
Sunday was a better day, so we planned a longer walk across woods and fields to Fellbrigg. East Runton has this curious feature of two railway viaducts, one no longer in use.
We climbed up Incleborough Hill - this is as much of hill as Norfolk runs to.
Aylmerton church in the distance.
and, eventually Fellbrigg itself, where we had lunh outside in the sun.
At this point I inspected the heel of my right foot, where I could feel a blister starting. I was stunned to see that the trusty Ecco shoes had not just sprung a leak but had lost a whole chunk of the heel. Fortunately, they held up until we were back at the cottage.