Wow! What a woofingly fantastic time we had when we visited the Wells & Walsingham Light Railway!
Those of you who have read our previous blogs know that we have been barking about our brilliant ride we had on the steam train from Grosmont to Goathland in the Yorkshire Moors. We were therefore almost besides ourselves with excitement when we realised we could repeat the experience on our very own doorstep here in Norfolk!
We arrived at the station at Wells-next-the-Sea and partook of a few light refreshments in the waiting room before the train arrived.
Having never visited before we were not sure how the staff would feel about 4 dogs turning up with a doggy stroller! However, I have to say they could not have made us more welcome. ‘Dogs – the more the merrier!’ stated the Station Master. Plus an added bonus – there was no charge for us!
When the train arrived I got chatting to the train driver. We took rather a shine to each other and I joined him up front where he showed me the basics of engine driving!
The journey from Wells to Walsingham took 30 minutes through the lovely Norfolk countryside. In the distance I saw some of my beloved sheep!!!
Once we arrived in Walsingham we walked along the old Railway track to The Slipper Chapel (RC Shrine of Our Lady). Doggies are not allowed in the Chapel but we waited outside whilst mum lit a candle for doggies past and present. The walk there and back takes about 45 minutes along an easy path which is suitable for strollers – dogs and humans!
After a bit of exercise it was time for some more refreshments and Walsingham has plenty of choice. There is a dog friendly cafe in the High Street, R & I Ramshackles, and two dog friendly pubs: The Bull Inn and The Black Lion Hotel where we are welcome inside.
Walsingham is famed for its religious shrines and is a major pilgrimage centre. For doggies interested in all things historical, we are very welcome to visit Walsingham Abbey. The Abbey is also well renowned for its Snow Drop Walk in February (again we are welcome).
After a trip around the village looking at all the lovely buildings we boarded the train back to Wells.
After all this, if you’ve still got any energy left you could take the short 5 minute drive into the town of Wells-next-the-Sea and take a walk along the beach. There you will also find the winner of the 2014 & 2015 UK’s Most Dog Friendly Cafe and Home of the K9 Club! We love it there and it is well worth a visit!
Details of train times for the railway can be found on their website.
Stay tuned – we shall be scouring our beautiful countryside this summer to provide you all with some more information about our wonderful tourist attractions.
On our home page you can find details in the menu bar of dog friendly beaches, cafes & pubs and accommodation in North/West Norfolk.
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