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RELAX ON THESE UNSPOILT BEACHES ( Next Year of course!)
Member Name: nayland
Advantages: Lovely unspoilt beaches with Great Yarmouth just down the road!
I discovered Gorleston-on-Sea some years ago when I was stopping in Belton at the Wild Duck Caravan and Camping Park. We needed to get some supplies, but didn't want to drive right into Great Yarmouth so we asked about on site and was told about Gorleston-on-Sea which is not that far down the road from us.
Well as we drove towards Gorleston you can't help but notice the College there with all the young students lazing on the grass verges outside the College buldings.It seemed to have a very friendly atmosphere to the whole area as we approached Gorleston town you will see a High Street with all the well known shops like, New Look, Iceland, Superdrug, Peacocks ect as well as some local little shops like the butchers, bakers.
We were looking for Somerfields (I think it was Somerfield it could have been Safeway I can't remember now!) it has now been turned into a Morrisons now. You drove round the back into a large car park, you could see all the large docking cranes which didn't look to great so we thought it was just a large docking area and took no notice and went shopping.
On coming out we saw a sign for the beach and thought twice before going to have a look, as with most docking areas they are not the most particuarly great looking sights.
We were in for a very big surprise, because as we weaved our way down to the front past an old theatre and a couple of amusement arcades, we drove into a tiny little area that came to an end where you could park up, which had a great little pie & chip shop for eating in or takeaway, a lovely crammed little gift shop, a tiny amusement shop ( it certaintly wasn't what you would call an arcade!) and of course an Ice Cream Shop.
This certainly took us by surprise then we spotted the beautiful stetching for miles golden sandy beach, it was lovely. is seemed to be a place where people parked up in there cars and sat if it was cold with a coffee or chips bought from the shops behind them.
There is also a large raised area that was being painted up when we went that would get filled with water and children could sail their boats on it, which is a great idea for kids. We also saw a group of young people in their wetsuits running into the sea getting ready to do some windsurfing.
Gorleston-on-sea is set between Lowestoft and Great Yarmouth in Norfolk, this is a lovely little town with it's beautiful gardens, Great Yarmouth is only about 3 miles down the road if you are looking for a bigger place to visit with it's Sea Life Centre, large seafront arcades, rides and crazy golf then you have this right here in Yarmouth, but there is something just so relaxing about Gorleston it seems so quiet and peaceful with just the sound of the waves crashing onto the sandy beach.
We have often gone back here even if it is quite cold, as just sitting in the car watching for a bit is very relaxing. I love this place as it still seems unspoilt.
I'll give Gorleston 5 stars for it's beach alone!
Summary: Lovely and peaceful, with golden sands!
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