We all meet up in the cathedral city of Ely about lunchtime with time to wander the quaint, historic centre of this “fen island”. A stop at Welney for the wildfowl follows and then a rural route up to Kings Lynn.
The Mid Norfolk Railway, running from East Dereham, has a truly rustic feel, watch out for deer, rabbits, and birds of prey. Lunchtime is spent in Wymondham where you might like to visit the towering abbey. Then it’s time to get among the flowers at Bressingham Gardens. Three steam railways, Dads Army, a carousel, and you can even buy a rockery!
A super circular day out starts with a drive, via Stamford, to Rutland Water where we enjoy a relaxing cruise aboard the Rutland Belle. Then it’s our ‘Posh’ event as we head for the outskirts of Peterborough and the Nene Valley Railway. This is a major attraction with multiple stations, a large collection of engines and a “proper” rail journey experience. Our route back to Kings Lynn is by coach and rail via St Ives and the guided bus-way to Cambridge where the driver forgets to use the steering wheel – a very unusual experience!
The best of North Norfolk is enjoyed today as we are off to the seaside! The Wells & Walsingham and North Norfolk Railways provide contrasting steamy delights for us amid the rolling farmland and coastal scenery. Then, how’s this for variety? At Thursford there are shiny showman’s engines galore, mechanical organs playing, a fairground roundabout to ride and a remarkable live Wurlitzer performance.
We rail from Kings Lynn to Whittlesford and transfer to nearby Duxford. The Imperial War Museum makes for a fantastic finale. There are numerous historic aircraft displayed in the various hangers and don’t be surprised if planes are landing and taking off whilst we are there. Homeward bound journeys commence after lunch from nearby Cambridge.
Situated on the Tuesday Market Place in Kings Lynn this 4 star is a real find. It has a classy restaurant, modern bar, and the rooms boast all the amenities one would expect. Our evening dining is from a table d’hote menu, changing daily, and, to ensure quality of service and cuisine, will be at an agreed time according to each day’s itinerary. Two characterful local inns are right next door, and both serve a variety of real ales - so, if that’s your tipple you’ll love staying here! The town in general is a pleasant place to stay with riverside vistas, a truly “local” feel, and the station is a ten-minute stroll away – what’s not to like!