I think we are lucky to live in one of the most beautiful areas of the country. With fabulous coastline, nature reserves and amazing walking pretty much wherever you turn. This summer I can barely think of a day where we haven’t been out exploring it, but all to often I miss huge chunks of what there is on offer as I’m travelling. Greater Anglia agree, which is why they think you should travel by train, where you will always have the best seat (and view) in the house.
Last week we went to Lowestoft from Norwich, enjoying the fabulous Wherry Line. It’s a route I used to be familiar with, my friends and I would often take the train to the Lowestoft during the summer holidays when we were at high school but I honestly don’t think I had done it since, so we settled in a watched the world go by.
It really is a very pretty line, with lots to see along the way. We had treated L to a magazine but he much preferred playing eye spy out of the windows as we sped along and who can blame him.
We saw cows and horses and many, many birds. There were bridges, dream homes and boats out on the river. Windmills a plenty, well probably water pumps thinking of it, but they were windmills to L. Rolling countryside and fields being worked. We even got a good view of Oulton Broad, which I now really want to go to. Then as we got closer to Lowestoft there were all the big ships and the excitement of a harbour town.
It’s a delightful route with plenty of pretty stations. We’ve stopped at Somerleyton before and enjoyed an amazing day out, so I would highly recommend that. As I mentioned Oulton Broad looked lovely and we could have stopped at Oulton Broad North station. We headed to the end of the line at Lowestoft though and had the best day.
We had a lovely walk and stopped to see one of the ships loading up with grain. We found statues and hidden paintings. Even a giant ship in a bottle when we stopped for lunch. We played in the arcade and had an ice cream. Splashed in the sea and made sandcastles on the beach, just enjoying the sun and watching the boats as L played. Then L ran and splashed through the fountains until he was soaked through, thankfully I was prepared with a change of clothes!
It was a perfect beach day and as we took the train there was no worrying about finding parking, we just meandered across the road and from the station and started out day. On the way back L had space to have a little nap, he was exhausted and I got to enjoy the view once more.
I love that we can just hop on a train and explore, we get to see so much more and different things that are hidden from the roads too.
The trains really do provide a room with a view.
Wherry Lines Ranger
The Wherry Lines Ranger offers one day of unlimited travel on Greater Anglia services from Norwich, through the Norfolk Broads to the lively coastal resorts of Lowestoft and Great Yarmouth (via
Reedham and via Acle).
Tickets are valid from 08:45 on Mondays to Fridays and at any time on Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays. The Wherry Lines Ranger costs just £11 per adult, accompanying kids pay half price.
Wherry Lines Family Ranger
There is a Family ticket available for £26 which allows two adults and up to two children (aged 5-15 inclusive) unlimited travel in the Wherry Lines Ranger area. In other words, two children can travel for just £2 each when accompanied by two paying adults.
Wherry Lines Senior Ranger
The Wherry Lines Senior Ranger for everybody over 60 years of age is just £7.40. Time restrictions are the same as for the Adult ticket and no Railcard is required to take advantage of this discount.
Buy a PlusBus ticket to add on a bus journey to Southwold, Pleasurewood Hills Theme Park or Africa Alive! wildlife park from Lowestoft station.
Disclosure – we were gifted our travel for the purpose of this review. All thoughts, opinions and images are my own.