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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

Wednesday April 22nd 2015 - S is for Sheringham

This post is part of the A - Z Challenge.

Sheringham, on the north Norfolk coast, is a seaside town which has, over many years, grown up around its original old fishing village. Centred on a traditional high street the town itself has a wide range of privately owned shops, cafes, pubs and restaurants, a good selection of specialist shops and a Tesco supermarket, and a popular twice-weekly market is held on the car park next to the railway station. An annual crab and lobster festival is held in May and a colourful carnival is held at the beginning of August. The town is also the home of the North Norfolk Railway, known as The Poppy Line, which operates steam train rides inland to the town of Holt.

Sheringham promenade, with its rows of colourful beach huts and fishing boats pulled up on the slipway, is a pleasant place to take a stroll, and there's a small cafe and refreshment hut where you can get drinks, snacks and ice cream. Towards the eastern end of the promenade is a museum with a viewing gallery set high above the building, giving fantastic views over the town, sea and countryside. To the west of the slipway steps and winding slopes lead from the promenade up the cliff to gardens at the top, where there are lawned areas, a play area, fishpond, rockeries with an ornamental stream running through, an abundance of colourful flower beds and plenty of places where you can sit and watch the world go by.

In Upper Sheringham, just outside the main town, you find Sheringham Park which is managed by the National Trust and has a visitors centre, shop and cafe. There are miles of scenic countryside paths to explore, and gazebos and observation towers with far-reaching views over the coast. The park can be enjoyed at any time of year but visit in late spring and you'll see the fabulously colourful rhododendrons and azaleas in full bloom. Best of all, dogs are allowed and in certain parts of the park they can even be let off the lead.

There's much more to Sheringham than I can possibly write here; it's a lovely place without the commercial feel of much larger seaside resorts, and for anyone holidaying in the Norfolk area it's well worth paying a visit. Photos of Sheringham can be found in my post from Friday September 12th 2014.