For a couple of years now, a gang of members have been recommending the Nelson Head at Horsey as a camping weekend venue, and Nigel Green thought he had finally succeeded by nominating it as his Globe Trotter winners choice. However, he was told that he must choose a venue that we had used previously, so went for Eskdale in Cumbria. But when the committee met to plan this year, the pestering paid off and we chose the Nelson Head as well. And a good choice it was.
We were blessed with excellent weather and 48 members and 1 guest (welcome to Kevin from Essex) turned up to what was a brilliant weekend, with a small but very nice pub, polite and attentive staff, great choice of beers and ciders, plus good food and a good camp-site. Free tea and coffee was available all weekend and a side door to the pub allowed overnight access to the loos. The pub itself had some very interesting exhibits including the largest punt gun (for shooting a large number of ducks in one go), I have ever seen. Most of the regulars seemed to be dog walkers, and we gelled along quite well.
Those who turned up on Friday had mostly faced traffic delays and frustrating rides, but the venue is worth it and in Heather's words, this one is “a keeper”
On site were three brand new bikes, all using the camping weekend for run-in duties, and a couple of very bright new tents. A great mix of members, old and newish, enjoyed this Norfolk weekend in the sunshine.
A good few of us took the opportunity to walk down to the beach and view the hundreds of seals who were either lazing there or enjoying a swim close by. Some of us even walked the 3.5 miles to Winterton, where there is a very nice cafe and even better a pub. Others went out for day trips to other local places.
The landlord John and all of his staff seemed to enjoy our company and were at pains to ask if we will go back. John is a retired Coastguard so will be donating all of our camping fees to the local lifeboat appeal. They not only cover the coast but also the inland waterways of the Norfolk Broads and are kept very busy.
So thank you for those who campaigned for this venue, for Kim who looked after the Globetrotter signing in sheet and camping fees, but also to John and his staff for a great weekend, and yes, we will be back.