ROCKY’S BIG BRITISH ROAD TRIP: BURGH CASTLE AND THE BROADS

ROCKY’S BIG BRITISH ROAD TRIP: BURGH CASTLE AND THE BROADS

Hi guys! it’s your favorite traveling bull terrier and I’m doing one last adventure in the Norfolk region of England before I make my way up to Leeds!

During our entire time at Yarmouth we had kept hearing about this wonderful place called the Broads. When I first heard about it I thought maybe they were trying to send us to a gentleman’s club or something like that but we soon found out it was a beautiful natural park (so not that kind of broad). It was huge and mostly made up of rivers and lakes. The entire park area is about 117 square miles and it has over 125 miles of navigable waterways. Best yet we could easily travel to The Broads as it was only a 10-minute drive from us!

Me and Danny ready for our trip to the Broads!
It was a nice and sunny day so no coat was needed! But we did have our backpack!

Being that the park was so big, we could only see a small slice of it and we chose to visit Burgh Castle and explore The Broads from there!

So we hopped into our car and drove from Great Yarmouth to Burgh Castle.

When we parked we were met with a trail that told us we were about a mile or so from the castle, but just a few minutes after walking we ran into what I first thought was the castle.

Burgh Castle: 1 mile walk!

I thought to myself, ‘that mile was really quick, surely my four legs are not that fast’ and I was right, it wasn’t the Burgh Castle, instead it was the Burgh Castle Church of St Peter and St Paul.  So the castle was still about a mile’s walk from us.

Burgh Castle Church

A mile went by pretty quick!

 

The sign for the castle, which is actually a fort!

The signage for the castle seemingly came out of nowhere and as for the castle itself? Well, it wasn’t quite what I was expecting!

It was a fort!

 

The fort dates back to the 3rd century and was built as part of the Roman network of coastal defenses. Incredibly, three of its massive stone walls survive!

Even more incredible was that we didn’t google this place beforehand. We expected a big traditional castle. Usually we try to google a place but we didn’t do much research so this was a big surprise for us!

The entire fort was large and there was a vast amount of space! If this bull terrier wanted to run around without a leash then I would run out breath before I would be able to sniff all three of the stone walls!

Check out the entrance to the fort behind me!
Me and Danny having the whole fort to ourselves!
Posing with my backpack! We did a bit of light running and hiking around the fort!
The first stone wall, which is the entrance of the fort. If you look closely you will see a man walking his dog. These two were one of the few people we saw here! Just beyond them two is the second stone wall.
A wider view of the first wall and second one (shadowed)
A view of the third wall which is to the right of the entrance! So much room to run around right?
A view of the first and third walls!
Danny with the fort entrance behind him!

After running around for a bit within the fort’s walls we traveled a bit further up to a hill and just over the hill, on the horizon were the Broads!

I see a little windmill
Climbing down the hill and we could see on the Broads’ rivers!
Taking the path over to the river!
Making my way to the Broads!

After a mile of walking and then exploring around the fort, we were pretty knackered (tired in British English)! But we pushed on so we could make it to the river.

Our trail curved as it reached the river and we were met with a small beautiful bridge. With the sun shining on it, I felt like I was in the Shire, the land of the hobbits.

 

What a lovely bridge!
Our path curved and if we followed it we would travel south to the Fisherman’s Inn restaurant (just barely visible on the horizon)
We saw a few boats here and there on the river
Walking across the bridge!
A closer look at me and the marsh
A scenic view…the ten minute journey was worth it!
Me and Danny taking in our surroundings!
A view from the bridge to the meadows
Let’s just rest our legs here for five minutes
Why not take a selfie at The Broads?

We then walked back toward the fort but took another turn and followed a path which curved around the castle so we saw a bit more of the rock formations of the fort from the outside.

Following this trail past the castle
So many rocks…I guess you could say this place is really rocky!! (Holds for applause)
Here we are at the second wall of the fort facing toward The Broads. Check out that awesome view! You could just see the windmill over yonder!

Since we were already back at the fort we decided to walk in a bit and take a few more snaps of the castle.

It’s much wider than you can imagine!
A few other locals popped up but for the most part it was quite empty!
Taking yet another selfie photo with the timer because why not? Just missed my human’s head though!
Ready for a nap

We were pretty tired but we decided to do a bit more exploring around the surrounding areas and see if we missed anything. It was more beautiful green fields and even some farms which had a few horses and some dogs.

A few dogs barked at us when we walked past their farm

After more wandering around we turned back and walked the mile again toward our car. So yes, we were pretty exhausted!

While we only got a taste of the Broads it was enough for me to want to return and explore more of it, perhaps closer to Norwich and maybe we can take a boat across the rivers. That would be cool!

But for now we are saying goodbye to the Norfolk region as we make our way up to Leeds then to our Bull Terrier Walk which I can’t wait to go to! Stay tuned for that!

 

Bye Bye Yarmouth!

Check out our full Youtube video for a more immersive experience of the Burgh Castle and The Broads! You can practically feel the winds!

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