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Visit D.W. Haggard’s The Tidal Bride destinations

Lovers of suspense and thriller fiction will find even more reason to visit Norfolk in D.W. Haggard’s new novel The Tidal Bride. Haggard reveals the places and hidden histories off the well-worn tourist trail, and gives new perspectives to what we love about Norfolk. The six short stories offer a compelling tour through the county and provide a new way to enjoy a visit through living in the footsteps of the stories’ characters.

Cromer

Cromer Pier

This lovely seaside town has a wonderful charm and places of interest to explore. The Kings Head is a fantastic seaside pub and is the scene of Brendan and Gwen’s first meeting in The Fisherman.

The wonderfully evocative Cromer Pier is a must for any visitor wanting to soak up the essence of the seaside, and what better way to experience the pier than in the Pavilion Theatre. Maddison, an American advertising executive working in Norwich, research’s into the history of the theatre in Cromer Library, in The Comedian. She buys a special frame and poster in Brisbane Antiques, in Prince of Wales Road, which is always a pleasure to visit.

Burnham Overy Staithe

Burnham Overy Staithe

This is a must-visit village when in Norfolk. In an area of outstanding natural beauty Burnham Overy Staithe is one of those special places that stay with you through your life. A place to visit, and visit again in your mind, if ever the city life gets too much! A quieter and a more tranquil Burnham you will not find.

A stop at the Crab Hut is an essential pause for a wonderful crab sandwich. And then there is the sea and the superb expanse of Holkham Beach. You might be lucky enough to see incredibly beautiful horses of The Household Calvary when they use the beach for their summer ride.

And Scolt Head is on hand as an offshore barrier island of sand dunes, mud flats and shingle. In The Detective, Sergeant Johnson is drawn to Deadman’s Hole and discovers more than the popular sailing and bird watching.

Blakeney

Blakeney inspired Jack Higgins

This seaside village is Haggard’s favourite place on earth! A visit as a young boy enchanted the author, particularly the Little Terns.

Blakeney is a beautiful waterside idyll and has a collection of pretty traditional buildings built alongside the harbour creek. Bird watching with your wellies on is part of the tradition of many families and visitors to the town.

The walk on the path to Cley-next-the Sea is well within the reach of most walkers, even if the weather is not always the best! It is a lovely way to blow away the cobwebs and take some full breaths of fresh air.

A fictional hotel in the title story The Tidal Bride is set in Blakeney. With roaring fires and fine cuisine the hotels of Blakeney provide a wonderful break for all visitors. Just off Back Lane Blakeney’s commercial past can be examined in the remains of the merchant’s house, which became the Guildhall.

A short boat trip out to Blakeney Point to see the seals as the birds hover and swoop is the highlight of the visit for many adults and stays in the mind of children for ever. A time out of time; even for a short while.

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Norwich

Mousehold Heath

Haggard finds some of the less trodden paths of Norwich in his collection. Upper St. Giles Street has always had a collection of interesting curio, antique and collector shops. If you are interested in history and collecting whether it is medals, coins or oil paintings the astoundingly beautiful Upper St. Giles Street must be on your tour. Brass instruments rub shoulders with old phonograph wax cylinders so you may come away with a collection you never knew that you needed!

Mousehold Heath is a great place to walk to from the centre of town. You are rewarded with a magnificent view of the city below. A place in history for outlaws and rebellion it is now a scenic green space full of wildlife and interest.

Before a visit to Chantry Place, previously called Chapelfield Shopping Centre, step back in time into Chapelfield gardens. Chapel Fields takes its name from the college of St Mary-in-the-Fields and is a great place to unwind and maybe get a burger at Harry’s Café, one of Norwich’s finest.

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The Broads

Natural Norfolk Broads

At Hickling Broad any visitor has such a choice, whether it is the wild-life trails, a boat hire or bird watching. A relaxing day on the water is a fantastic day out, and seeing the gently rippling reed beds north east of Stubbs Mill is calmly therapeutic.

Look out for kingfishers, marsh harriers, barn owl and otters as they go about their business. For the entomologists among us, well we couldn’t be happier with the swallowtail butterfly and the Norfolk hawker dragonfly as companions.

The punt has long been a staple of broad transport, and the Norfolk Punt Club, at Barton Broad, is one of the friendliest sailing clubs on the Broads.

A stealthy punt is featured in The Miller, and stealth is their stock in trade if you want to see the wildlife, up close and personal.

Beccles, on the Norfolk and Suffolk border, is Haggard’s favourite place for full broads immersion. Whether you would like wild swimming in the Waveney or the more genteel approach in Beccles Lido your watery tastes will be catered for! The Lido is looked after by the same local trust as runs the Community Theatre and Public Hall. A truly public spirited and local treasure!

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THE TIDAL BRIDE (ISBN: 9781838363505) is available from Bittern Books price £6.99, and all bookshops throughout Norfolk.
www.bitternbooks.co.uk
Publisher: Woodbury Books - London

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