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A Trip Down Memory Lane – Eccles Beach.

As a child I have fond memories of running over the sand dunes in the mornings at Cart Gap and being faced with nothing but sand and sea, oh the excitement of building sandcastles and jumping waves.

Just recently I popped back to my favourite hideaway and it still hasn’t lost its charm for me, the old excitement of my childhood has been replaced with the excitement of escaping to this beautiful peaceful spot. Of course a lot has changed, no longer is there the corner shop where we could get our buckets and spades and pint of milk. One of the main attractions is the Smallsticks Cafe which is cosy and welcoming in those chillier days and has a lovely little garden for the warmer times. After sampling some of the menu it is definitely worth a visit or two.

For those who like to stroll and see the sights why not take a walk along the cliff to Happisburgh where you can see the lighthouse (once appeared on Challenge Anneka) and read about some of the history of Happisburgh and how erosion has had an impact on the villagers. For me this was shocking to see, where I had once walked as a child, has now been lost to the sea.

Eccles is also the perfect place for a packed lunch, sit on the sand and soak up the sun; you never know you might even get to see a seal!

By Hilary Harmer - 12/04/14