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My Favourite Location

27th September 2014
Norfolk is flat and boring right? Well yes and no. Norfolk is relatively flat, it’s highest point is Beacon Hill near West Runton which, at 103 metres, is the second lowest high point of any county - only the City of London is lower. Photographically however Norfolk most certainly is not boring.

As a young man I spent every available minute enjoying the North Norfolk coastline and its marshes, creeks and beaches from Hunstanton to Salthouse but for me the number one spot for photography is Thornham to which I keep returning again and again. It is one of the quietest creeks in the area having very few pleasure craft and many working boats. It is well know for the Thornham Stumps which I have seen described as the stumps of an ancient woodland and part of a petrified forest, but are most likely part of the moorings / quayside for the grain barn which stood alongside them years ago in the days when Thornham was a working port for the region; now only the disused coal barn remains. I have made many images of the stumps and shall keep going back, the light and the tide differ on each occasion so that whilst the subject matter is constant the images are never the same.

Thornham boasts a lovely beach which is usually very quiet because it can be reached only by a walk of about ¾ mile along the sea bank along the Norfolk coast path, which continues west into Hunstanton and East to Wells and beyond. The whole area is a goldmine for outdoor photographers and those who just enjoy some space, peace and quiet.

Thornham is half way between Hunstanton and Brancaster on the A149, coast road; access to the creek is down Staithe Lane at the western end of the village. There is plenty of space to park when the tide is out but make sure you know the tide tables as the whole area including the road floods at high tides. Don’t go out on the marshes when the tide is coming in either, you could end up swimming across a channel!

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