The lighthouse at Happisburgh

Day 32 to Cromer

Today I walked from Kessingland to Cromer. I took the Norfolk coastal path as much as possible although there are places where the path disappears. Evidently there are problems with sea erosion along this stretch of coast. The cliffs appear to be made of a very soft sandstone that occasionally collapses into the sea, taking the path with it. Fortunately, not while I am actually on it.

For much of the route I walked along the largely deserted beaches under a sky heavy with cloud and rain driven in from the West by a strong wind.

I was feeling slow, tired and lethargic for much of the day and found it difficult to set any kind of reasonable pace. Until I thought I might get cut off by the coming tide that is . . .

As the afternoon wore on, I found myself on a deserted beach that stretched for miles, with high, unstable cliffs on my left and the sea on my right. Then I realised the tide had turned and the sea was coming in. The idea that I might get cut off had a magical effect on my energy levels and all of a sudden I found the energy to move along at a cracking pace and get to safety.

Fear, it seems, is like Red Bull: it gives you wings.

Around 4pm I was supposed to do a slot live from the road via my mobile on Pete Dwan’s Urban Warrior Show on Salford City Radio. It was then I realised that with the cliffs in the way, I couldn’t get a signal. The show must go on as they say, so I found a place I could climb the cliffs – no mean task with a full backpack – got to the top of the cliffs, got a signal and did the radio slot hunkered down behind a bush on the outskirts of the village of Overstrand to cut down the background wind noise.

Some people will stop at nothing to get on the radio. I’ll post a link to a playback of the show shortly.

After that I continued along the cliff top path the last few miles to Cromer. I am very grateful to Jean Clark for finding the Virginia Court Hotel. This is a very smart and comfortable hotel near the city centre and the seafront that has kindly donated a night’s stay and breakfast in support of my effort to promote the

I am very grateful to Jean Clark for finding the Virginia Court Hotel. This is a very smart and comfortable hotel near the city centre and the seafront that has kindly donated a night’s stay and breakfast in support of my effort to promote the Drug Free Kids campaign. Once again I am bowled over by the hospitality and the readiness of people to support the effort to ensure children can make informed choices to remain drug free.

One final note to close this report: I really appreciate the encouragement and validation I have received for my efforts. But it is important to bear in mind WHY I am doing this long and arduous challenge at the age of 63 and that is to support what I believe is the most important thing for all of us: the drug free kids campaign.

The best validation and encouragement that you can give me is to donate whatever you can afford to this campaign. That way my efforts will have been worthwhile and the futures of a great many children will have been safeguarded.

Your donations will directly help an awful lot of kids. Every donation goes a heck of a long way in terms of the impact that can be made. For example:

Each £1,000 donated sends 125 schools a DVD of Pete Dwan’s groundbreaking drug education talk reaching 7,500 kids per year. In other words every £1 donated reaches over 7 children with the truth about drugs.
Each £5,000 donated sends 625 schools a DVD of the talk reaching 37,500 kids per year
Each £10,000 donated sends 1,250 schools a DVD of the talk reaching 75,000 kids per year

So please DONATE NOW

And I’ll see you on the road!

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