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Hi! I'm Eunice and I live in Bolton, Lancashire, with my two dogs Sophie and Sugar and an assortment of cats - well it used to be Sophie and Sugar, now it's Sophie and Poppie. I first began camping back in 1997 when my then partner took me to Anglesey for my birthday weekend. We slept in the back of the car - a hatchback - using the cushions off the settee at home as a mattress, and cooked and brewed up on a single burner camping stove. The site was good, the views were great, the weather fantastic and I was completely hooked. Following that weekend we got a two-man tent and some proper accessories and returned to Anglesey two weeks later, then over time we progressed to a three-man tent followed by an old trailer tent, then a new trailer tent, a campervan and finally a caravan. When my partner decided that the grass was greener on the other side of the street - literally - in April 2009 and I suddenly found myself alone after fifteen years, I decided there was no way I was going to give up camping and caravanning if I could cope on my own. This blog is the story of my travels, trials and tribulations since becoming a solo camper - I hope you like it

Friday April 3rd 2015 - C is for California

This post is part of the A - Z Challenge

California in Norfolk is a small area where countryside meets coast about five miles north of Great Yarmouth. It owes its name to the discovery of some 16th Century gold coins on the beach by locals in 1848, at a time when the California gold rush in America had caught the attention of the world. I've been holidaying there since 1982 and it's one of my favourite places to camp.

The village, if you can call it that, consists of a handful of old fishermen's cottages on the clifftop, about three dozen chalet bungalows, a pub/restaurant, a small shop and a take-away. What would have been agricultural land many years ago has been turned into three large holiday sites with static caravans, chalets, amusements, shops and swimming pools, though in spite of these the area is still quiet. The camping field where I stay is right on the clifftop and is surrounded by fields and heathland, with a great beach just down below the cliff. Just up the road from the holiday sites is the larger area of Scratby which has gift shops, bistros, a small baker's shop, a general store and garden centre.

California is well-placed for access to other parts of Norfolk, especially the Broads, and the popular boating centre of Potter Heigham is only seven miles away. Local attractions within a short drive are too numerous to mention, but I'm sure that anyone who chooses to take a holiday at California won't be disappointed as there's lots to see and do nearby - after all, if I've been going there for over thirty years it must be okay!

** I'm away for a much-needed break now so any comments and replies to this and the next three posts will be published when I get back - have a lovely Easter everyone!


  1. That story behind the name of the village is awesome! We in the US have so many towns and cities named after the original villages in Europe, but I never thought it could or would go the other way.

    I hope you are having a marvelous holiday!

  2. I had a wonderful time Christine, a real chill-out four days on a very quiet little site, though the posts for that won't be written until the challenge finishes.

    I'm sure there must be several places in this country named after places in yours, in fact here in my home town we have New York, though it's nothing like yours. It's a long tree-lined avenue of large houses with big gardens - I often think I'd like to live there just so I could tell people I have a house in New York! :)


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