Day 17 Most Easterly Point of Britain

Wednesday 22 April 2015

Kessingland to Great Yarmouth (via Norwich)
9 miles
Barnard House B&B, Great Yarmouth

It was much colder during the night than it has been but luckily my jacket makes an extra blanket inside my sleeping bag and I was ok. I had some tent neighbours and I heard them get up and drive off in the car. Everything was wet this morning and drying out the soaked tent was more difficult without the sunshine I have become accustomed to. I am finding myself spending more time in campsite toilet blocks than ever before – they all have hand driers where I spend what seems like hours drying clothes and my tent. 

I had a 3 mile walk along the beach to Lowestoft; a blustery walk along a shingle and sandy beach with lots of tufts of maram grass. The erosion of the cliffs is quite prevalent here. I walked along the deserted sea front at Lowestoft, rather different to my experiences at Southend and Clacton. Past the harbour was the industrial part; clearly a town built on the fishing and marine industries. My target was Lowestoft Ness, the most Easterly point of the British Isles, on the outskirts of an industrial estate but handily marked by a huge wind turbine and something called a Euroscope (a concrete compass with distances to random places in Europe – John O’Groats is 465 miles).   

At Britain’s most Easterly point
 
I reached the Euroscope
  After the excitement of Lowestoft Ness I caught the train inland to Norwich to buy some new, lightweight, softer boots in the hope that I can finally sort out my foot problems. Hard earned experience from the last 2 weeks convinces me that there’s too much walking on roads and concrete for me to wear hard boots. Shopping done I caught the bus to Great Yarmouth and my first night in Norfolk.  

New boots
The best thing about today was that although I missed out a bit of the coast I did get to see the famous Norfolk Broads. The train from Lowestoft followed the River Waveney marshes and on the bus journey to Great Yarmouth, like an excitable child, I sat in the front seat on the top deck of the bus and was rewarded with a great view of The Broads. Definitely not a wasted day. 

13 thoughts on “Day 17 Most Easterly Point of Britain

  1. Chris Frazer April 22, 2015 / 6:03 pm

    Love the colour of the boots……sooooooooooo you! Did you get the sorbathane insoles too? I hope the boots help I am sure they shall.

    Keep going Marshal of the Air (Retd)….. On on…it’s all up hill up to Scotland……you know that don’t you…woof woof!

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  2. jstumm April 22, 2015 / 8:04 pm

    Like Chris, I immediately fell in luuuurve with the colour of your boots! Hope they help…

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  3. Paul April 22, 2015 / 9:12 pm

    Just can’t keep a girl from shopping for shoes

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    • Lucy April 22, 2015 / 9:13 pm

      You know me Benno…I love shopping!

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  4. Donna Munday April 22, 2015 / 10:05 pm

    Luc, you need to take a leaf out of my book. 5 month trip round the world: 9 pairs of shoes as essential luggage items. Hope your new boots are good!

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    • Lucy April 23, 2015 / 4:53 am

      I have one pair of boots and one pair of flip flops

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  5. jomunday99 April 22, 2015 / 10:45 pm

    Yay! I also did shoe shopping today. Spent £120 on new runners and socks for the extensive ‘running’ I’m doing (Max 3 miles, 3 times a week!) Yours may get more use!

    Probably a silly question but why do you have to dry your tent every morning? I guess it would be heavier to carry if wet.

    Probably another silly question – is Benno’s name Paul? How strange. Xxx

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    • jomunday99 April 22, 2015 / 10:48 pm

      Me again. What have you done with your old boots? Are you carrying them?

      And Donna – you wouldn’t have taken 9 pairs of shoes if you had to carry them!

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      • Lucy April 23, 2015 / 4:53 am

        Posted them home. So these new ones had better work.

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      • Donna Munday April 23, 2015 / 7:21 pm

        Yes, that’s fair comment. Though I did post two pairs home. And paid about £150 in import duty for doing so.
        Luc, I’ve given Cousin Jill your blog details as she has a friend who runs something like UK Wildlife Sanctuaries, so she said would be really interested in your trip.
        Very glad the new boots are good. Dxx

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      • Lucy April 24, 2015 / 6:17 am

        No problem with sharing the blog. I paid £6 to send my boots home. Bargain in comparison.

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    • Lucy April 23, 2015 / 4:52 am

      Good luck with the running. A wet tent is heavier, and also because it’s so thin the wetness gets onto the inner tent very easily. In fact I haven’t yet managed to take it down without getting the inside wet, which would mean I’d have to dry it when I put it up before I could put anything in it. Constantly pitching and moving is proving harder than I anticipated.

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