We were heading to Norfolk for a week’s holiday with friends and put the bikes on the bike. Our 4 year old learned to ride on a balance bike and transferred to pedals easily last summer. He absolutely loves riding in the park and to school but this was the first time we had planned a proper family outing.
We started at Wells-Next-The-Sea and set off leaving our picnic in the car as we never imagined we’d get so far! The North Norfolk Coastal path is not only stunningly beautiful but also well kept so made for a very pleasant ride.
From Wells we took the path west, which went immediately into a forest. There are fewer places I love more than forests, and being there with my two favourite people in the world was a recipe for pure happiness!
The wheels crunched the forest floor and we had to dodge the fallen pine cones and the odd sandy patch.
We made it a couple of miles up the road to the stunning expanse of Holkham Beach, where we determined to come back the next day with the dog!
After cycling all the way back to Wells we decided the boy deserved a treat so we had a backwards lunch – starting with our ice creams from the gorgeous beach hut style café. Wells beach is quite different but equally as beautiful and more touristy with its beach huts and white sand.
What started as a cloudy day slowly brightened up and as the sun streamed through the trees the light made for perfect photograph opportunities.
So I’ll leave the words there and let the pictures tell the rest of the story.
Yes there were a few falls and yes there were a few “are we nearly there yet”s, but no great family moment avoids these altogether in my experience.
Being on bikes enabled us to enjoy some of this beautiful country we live in and see more of it than we would if we had been on foot. And there is something about that feeling of the wind in your face as you cycle along that gets the happy hormones going. Mix that with quality family time and you’ve got yourself a perfect day.
This is my entry to the Center Parcs and Tots100 June challenge. If I’m chosen, I would like to visit the Sherwood Forest Village.