A smelly place...
Norfolk is the most rural county in England, & evidence of this fact, is that it's a smelly place!
It's a well known thing that the countryside can be full of natural odours, & anybody hiking, cycling, horse riding, or driving with the top down, around the Norfolk lanes, will soon discover this...
Every field in the county seems to have a dung pile, & they always seem to be the aromatic type, which can be scented a mile downwind, when a gale is blowing...
Norfolk is full of ponds, & many of them seem to be stagnant, though even when you're not near one, you'll probably be beside a ditch, & these always seem to be full of slimy, viscous water...
But both the scents of stagnant ditches & fermenting manure, are sheer perfume, compared to the county's worst rural stench of all - poultry processing plants...
These places provide one of the most malpheasant pongs in the entire countryside, & Norfolk has no end of these carcass factories...
If you've ever lingered outside such a place, the stench of processed poultry parts, is enough to turn your stomach, & anybody into a vegetarian - it's an odour too bad for words to express!
Norfolk is a pig farming county, & pigs have a bad reputation when it comes to pongs, but the farms here never even seem to whiff...
The pigs frolic around in fields, in & out of mud baths, & are a great source of entertainment to anybody cycling past...
Pigs get smelly when they are confined, & the worst form of this is the container lorries taking them to market - if 1 of these blasts past you on a Norfolk lane, be sure to hold your breath - the stench is intense!
Norfolk smells, truth be told, but it ain't all bad, especially when it happens to be bonfire smoke, or the smokestack from a steam engine, (or even the campfire smoke I create, though that is my opinion!)
The countryside can be a smelly place - just be prepared for them & don't let it spoil the views...Related to:
- Horse Riding
- Hiking and Walking
3rd world roads...
This is a tip mainly for cyclo-tourists, as it concerns the road surfaces in Norfolk - a county recommended to cyclists because of its supposed flatness...
True enough, it's possible to ride all day in parts of Norfolk, without needing to use the inner ring of a 3-ring crankset, but this doesn't actually translate into easy riding...
Riding off-road is noticably more energy demanding & tiring than on a prepared surface, but Norfolk's roads are so badly surfaced, it's as difficult as pedalling on mud or gravel...
The rural main roads, by which I mean those designated 'B' status, as the worst offenders, which have not been resurfaced in at least 2 decades...
Many of these have serious cracking at the edges, & without kerbing, the sides broken away into the ditches...
The lanes are also badly surfaced, though many have had recent work done on them, it's always with those horrible sharp, grey stones, which make the tyres judder & sap all the energy from out of the bike...
Another problem with Norfolk's supposedly cycling-friendly lanes, is that many have been widened over the years, by adding concrete at 1 or both sides, then tarmacing the entire highway...
Anyone who has ever cycled on concrete roads will know just how much of an uncomfortable ride they cause, & in no time at all, the metalling drops into the gaps between the concrete patches, leaving gaps of an inch which feel like riding between crevasses...
Norfolk is a farming county, & 1 of the downsides of this is the quantity of farm vehicles using lanes & roads to move between fields, dragging dead weights of sticky mud with them...
Riding on wet mud is always a danger, & puts any cyclist at a disadvantage, because it collects on the inside of the road, where other road users expect you to be, when they wish to overtake...
Even without the tractor traffic throughout Norfolk, the sandy soil found throughout the Brecks, collects on road surfaces, as soon as there is any length of dry speel & the 'dustbowl' effect commences...
Even dry soil can be slippery, especially in Breckland, where its talc-like texture is a hazard to anybody on 2-wheels...
Norfolk is a great county for cycling, but the authorities are complacent about the state of the public highways & do no user of them any favours by ignoring the expiry dates of the surfaces...
Almost all the B-roads are in dire need of resurfacing & repairing, & could be considered dangerous until this is done to standard...
Until then, from my experience, Norfolk is no easier for cycling than Suffolk or Essex, & I often find myself more exhausted from coping with riding over its bumpy, cracked-up, loose tarmac, than I do from a days hillclimbing elsewhere...Related to:
- Road Trip
Travelling in the British Isles can be a confusing thing, because so many placenames have spellings that in no way reflect how to pronounce them, even for a native of the country...
The worst county for strangely spelt placenames, is surely Norfolk, & you don't have to be American or Australian to completely mispronounce what places are called here - I come from Essex, but am still discovering that I've been saying these Norfolk towns' names all wrong for years!
Here's a list of some of the most awkward placenames to say too literally as spelt;
Alby = 'orlby'
Aylsham = 'elsham'
Costessey = 'cossey'
Fakenham = 'fearknum'
Field Dalling = 'field dorlin'
Happisburgh = 'hayesboror'
Hardingham = 'hardnum'
Hautbois = 'hobbis'
Hockering = 'hock'ring'
Holm Hale = 'hoom hale'
Ingoldisthorpe = 'inglesthorpe'
Roughton = 'rowton'
Salhouse = 'sollus'
Skeyton = 'syktun'
Stiffkey = 'stewkey'
Tacolneston = 'tacklestun'
Tuddenham = 'tudnum'
Wymondham = 'windom'
Please be aware that these phonetic spellings are only approxiamations, & really there is no alphabetical way of representing Norfolk dialect, which is as 'strong' as any in England...
Norfolk has its own way of speaking, & even placenames, such as the county's biggest town, can only be truly known, when heard pronounced by a local;
Norwich = 'narridge'Related to:
- Road Trip
Life jackets (Tidal)
This is a safe place to moor providing you take steps to ensure your safety.
Life jackets are there for a reason,they are not a fashion accessory,please wear them this is a tidal part of the river and can flow very fast,if you fall in near the swing bridge,without a life jacket your chances are not very good?
This not supposed to frighten you its just a sensible precaution (wear your life jackets ) when going near the water.Also when Mooring be aware the tide rises and falls about 6ft so leave plenty of slack,if in doubt ask the harbour master at the little wooden hut on the green,he will be more than happy to advise.if not ask a fellow boater someone will know and nearly always will help.Related to:
- Sailing and Boating
Its a Metal Working Swing bridge
We made the mistake of mooring overnight at the Ship Pub moorings Reedham Village,which is next to the Swing Bridge,Trains run until late and then early again in the morning.
With it being constructed of metal is very very noisy,you don't notice it so much during the day,but you will when your trying to get to sleep.better of to moor further into the village Where the green moorings are,you wont hear the trains there.just up from the Nelson PH ,still a nice location.Related to:
- Sailing and Boating
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