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Ariadne's Thread by Adam

March 22nd, 2009 5:32 PM

INSTRUCTIONS: 1) Contact Ariadne. (Ariadne can be a friend, a friend of a friend, or an Ariadne chosen at random from a phone directory.)
2) Ask her for a list of her ten favorite places in the city (or as many as she is willing to share).

3) Plot these places on a map and draw a line between them.

4) Follow Ariadne's thread. Watch out for the Minotaur on your journey.

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For my Ariadne I chose Tom from GY0, he's been a good friend of mine for a while now and we've shared many an adventure in Great Yarmouth, we've both got our favourite places and some of them we share. No-one knows the ins and outs of this town better than GY0 and it seemed like an appropriate person to ask. Duly he delivered the goods and I had my list.

[11:51:23] Adam Smith says:
I expect to see a list when I ge tback
[11:55:27] Thomas Gibbard says:
# Grain Mill
# Underneath Breydon Bridge
# The Lighthouse
# The top of MG Carpark/Roof of MG
# The little platform underneath Britania Pier, right at the end of it
# Atlantis Tower
# The end of the Jetty
# The inlet with the rickety bridge across it at the end of South Denes
# The secret beach at the end of South Denes
# Haven Bridge

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So next to plot the points on the map, I started off by doing a custom Google map with the points on from which I made a route to follow and then I transferred this down onto paper using those archaic instruments of pen and paper.

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As you can see there is a big drop off towards the bottom which leads to the South Denes. I will tell you now that this is a significant drop off and I could happily have filled another sheet and a half of A4 drawing this to scale.

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Now to follow the thread. I set out with my iPod playing cheery songs and a smile on my face totally oblivious to the journey I had undertaken, I should have known better. In my bag were a copy of George Orwell's 1984, £1 and a bottle of sparkling water. And of course my camera. The first stop on the list:

Haven Bridge
The main bridge linking the town centre with the suburbs of Southtown, Cobholm and Gorleston as well as the rest of the world. There has been a bridge crossing this point since the early 17th century but the current incarnation of Haven Bridge was opened by the King in the 1910s.

main_00277072.jpgThe Grain Mill
Having been explored by GY0 for Urban Exploration and a number of times by myself and Tom for photography purposes the abandoned Grain Mill on Lime Kiln Walk seemed like a natural choice. It closed in the 1990s but remains mostly intact. When I arrived I was shocked to find that the small hole in the fencing we climbed through was fixed and the entire front gate was coated in anti-climb grease. Someone had obviously notice our presence.

main_00977078.jpgUnder Breydon Bridge
Breydon Bridge was opened in 1994 to carry the outer relief road across Breydon Water (a large area of mud flats which is often flooded and carries the River Yare to the confluence of the Yare and the Waveny). It has the largest lifting span in Europe and is actually, in my opinion, quite pretty. In order to access Breydon Water and the surrounding marshes by foot you must walk under it. The road traffic above can be quite deafening but it is very interesting place.

main_01777083.jpgMarket Gates Carpark
Market Gates is a large shopping centre (mall) in the town centre which was built on land levelled by World War Two, the car park is the only multi-story in town and offers smashing views over the town. It has been subject to a few of our tasks. Getting up there is easy enough but I actually work in a department store in the shopping centre attatched and so I know some of the security staff so I really didn't want to be told off for being there. As such it was a bit of a shoot and run.

main_02277086.jpgThe Lighthouse Café
GY0's official meeting place. It is a very rare occasion that when planning (or failing to plan) a task the Lighthouse isn't our meeting place. It was only yesterday that Minch was sampling the delights of the panoramic view over the town and the overly fatty chips. Im sure the staff must be fed up of us ordering a pot of tea and spending upwards of an hour working out what it is we should do next.

main_02377087.jpgThe Secret Beach
This is where the long, long walk comes into play. I had to walk all the way down the river from the town centre to South Denes in order to find the Secret Beach. This is a small inlet in the river wall which has a beach and is totally hidden from view unless you walk down from the road and over a car park. The only way I actually knew it was there was from being on the other side of the river and looking across. I had absolutely no idea how to actually get down onto the beach so I didn't dare try but in the summer I plan to picnic here.

main_04077094.jpgSkeleton Quay
I have a feeling Tom may have chosen this location simply because a) it is about as far away as you can get in Yarmouth from the other points on his list and b) for it's awesome name. It is a set of wooden piers sunk into the harbour mouth to prevent sand from clogging it up and maintaining the fast flow of water into the sea. You can't walk down them now but there used to be a ferry service which ran from near here across the river to Gorleston Pier. I remember catching it with my grandma when I was about 5.

main_04177095.jpgThe Jetty
Another superfilous relic of a bygone age. The Jetty was used in the heyday of tourism to ferry steamboat passengers from the sea to the shore. Now it is slowly falling apart and the hut which used to protect fishermen from the elements was demolished a few years ago. Upon arrival it was clear I couldn't get to the end of it (due to the big fences that had been put up) and as such I had to deal with simply taking photos of it.

main_06677101.jpgAtlantis Tower
The Atlantis Tower was built in the 1970s and was originally known as The Oasis Tower. It had an indoor market on the bottom floor, Tiffany's nightclub above that and a hotel above that. The tower is a viewing tower which offers lovely views across Yarmouth. Unfortunatly for me it was "rennovated" and turned into a hideously ugly blue-glass shitpile called Atlantis with a soul-less arcade and a crappy nightclub. The hotel is still closed and when I asked whether I could go up the tower I was told "No, it's that asbesto-whats-a-ma-jig thing". Handy. However, we still use it on our logo and it kind of represents Yarmouth, on the outside it looks awful and gaudy but once you get inside and hunt around a bit you'll get to the top of the tower and find the lovely views.

untitled-928675.jpgmain_07077103.jpgBritannia Pier
The original instruction was to find a platform whcih was on the beach under the pier but after careful investigation this was absolutely nowhere to be found. All I saw was wooden supports and sand. Still I managed to get this shot of the gaudy entrance to the pier. It's just awful in so many ways and to go into how awful it is would make me depressed so I won't. I'll leave you with this image:

main_07277104.jpgConclusion
That was a fudging long walk. 9.9 miles according to Google Maps and my feet hurt and my socks have holes in them. I don't know if 9.9 miles would constitute a long walk for all you fit and healthy SFZeroers who seem to think nothing of all the hills in San Francisco but to me it certainly was. You'll notice a few pictures in the praxis below that aren't really anything to do with the task, instead they are just photos I took to try and illustrate some of curios that make the journey worthwhile. Things you don't really notice in a car. Anyway. I'll leave you with my own thoughts from my return.


[22/03/2009 16:55:26] Adam Smith says:
back
[22/03/2009 16:55:33] Adam Smith says:
omfg that's a lonnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnng walk
[22/03/2009 16:55:49] Thomas Gibbard says:
xDDD


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Hand-drawn plans featuring all 10 points.

Hand-drawn plans featuring all 10 points.


1 - Haven Bridge as seen from Ice House Quay

1 - Haven Bridge as seen from Ice House Quay


1- A life-ring on the side of Haven Bridge

1- A life-ring on the side of Haven Bridge


1- Looking over towards Breydon Bridge from Haven Bridge

1- Looking over towards Breydon Bridge from Haven Bridge


1- The Town Hall and South Quay from Haven Bridge

1- The Town Hall and South Quay from Haven Bridge


1 - Haven Bridge as seen from the carpark of Havenbridge House

1 - Haven Bridge as seen from the carpark of Havenbridge House


Myself in the window of a building.

Myself in the window of a building.


2 - The Grain Mill

2 - The Grain Mill


2 - The entrance we used to get in was blocked up and all the fence was covered in anti-climb grease

2 - The entrance we used to get in was blocked up and all the fence was covered in anti-climb grease


2 - Looking back towards the Grain Mill and Yarmouth from the riverside path

2 - Looking back towards the Grain Mill and Yarmouth from the riverside path


3 - Breydon Bridge seen from the riverside path

3 - Breydon Bridge seen from the riverside path


Furniture 0 - 1 Nature

Furniture 0 - 1 Nature


3 - Under Breydon Bridge, the traffic noise was in time with the music on my iPod

3 - Under Breydon Bridge, the traffic noise was in time with the music on my iPod


3 - Breydon Bridge

3 - Breydon Bridge


4 - Market Gates Car Park (Level 5)

4 - Market Gates Car Park (Level 5)


5 - Looking out from the car park over sunny Great Yarmouth

5 - Looking out from the car park over sunny Great Yarmouth


5 - The Lighthouse Café

5 - The Lighthouse Café


5 - The exterior of the Lighthouse Café

5 - The exterior of the Lighthouse Café


Signage

Signage

A sign outside the exit to the old ferry terminal on South Denes. There used to be a regular roll-on roll-off ferry service from Great Yarmouth to the Netherlands which was scrapped in the 1990s. Some remnants of it still remain of which this sign explaining the speed limits in the UK is one.


K-9

K-9

If you don't understand this image you haven't lived. Minch I know will get it, as will 99% of UK0 members.


The Harbour Café

The Harbour Café

All the way down South Denes there are a number of these little cafés that do cooked breakfast and builders tea, they are open early in the morning for the people who work in the industrial buildings around here but whenever I work my way down here they are shut. I always wonder what they are like inside.


6 - The Secret Beach

6 - The Secret Beach


6 - Looking over from the secret beach to Gorleston where I go to college

6 - Looking over from the secret beach to Gorleston where I go to college


6 - The Haliburton (urgh) building and the secret beach

6 - The Haliburton (urgh) building and the secret beach


7 - Skeleton Quay is an awesome name for this rickety collection of wood

7 - Skeleton Quay is an awesome name for this rickety collection of wood


7 - Looking across Skeleton Quay towards the harbour mouth

7 - Looking across Skeleton Quay towards the harbour mouth


7 - Danger!

7 - Danger!


Queuing

Queuing

In Great Yarmouth there is an odd tradition. On Sunday people drive from their warm homes and leave behind all their lovely technology to sit in their car on Marine Parade looking out over the Outer Harbour construction site and eating ice cream. I remember doing this as a child with my dad and it is still as popular as ever. The number of cars that passed me was astonishing, this was Sunday afternoon and all of the industrial premises were closed but there was a steady stream of cars just 'out for a drive'.


Old

Old

This is the oldest wooden roller coaster in Europe in the Pleasure Beach in Great Yarmouth. Just thought you might want to see how we bastardise the stars and stripes in order to gaudy-up old fairground rides.


8 - The Jetty

8 - The Jetty


8 - Oh noes, it's all closed off and the pigeons are guarding the path

8 - Oh noes, it's all closed off and the pigeons are guarding the path


9 - Oh Atlantis, oh symbol of all that is GY0

9 - Oh Atlantis, oh symbol of all that is GY0


9 - Is this the worst architecture that has ever been seen?

9 - Is this the worst architecture that has ever been seen?


10 - Britannia Pier was fail

10 - Britannia Pier was fail


My reward. Coffee and water.

My reward. Coffee and water.



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Aw man! +1
posted by Tøm on March 22nd, 2009 6:00 PM

How's the hole blocked? It'd suck if we couldn't get in there anymore. (Especially as it's the basis of my photography exam work!) And I think right down at the bottom left of the gate you can still crawl under if you're small enough. (Rob managed it, I should think you could too) Dayum. :(

As for getting to the beach, the procedure is a delicate and careful one to undertake.

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And yes, oh please yes. Picnic on the secret beach is now required by GYZerian law. That makes there and Mkt Gates rooftops the two on the list so far...

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And man, you missed out on the platform under Britania Pier!

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I'm just perching below it, you can get up if you climb up the wooden supports on the left hand side. Looks sweet from below though too:

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There'd be awesome for a picnic too... looks straight out onto the sea.

It's been too long since I've visited those places, I need to get out on weekend walks again.

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posted by Sombrero Guy on March 23rd, 2009 11:30 AM

A picnic on the secret beach sounds like something I might enjoy (as long as there's not too much sand in the food). Perhaps the best way to experience true GY0 culture...
Can we do this in April?

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posted by Tøm on March 23rd, 2009 4:44 PM

A picnic/BBQ is definitely on the cards.

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posted by artmouse on March 23rd, 2009 3:05 PM

lovely pictures - i really get a feeling of familiarity out of them - probably the close framing... anyway - i like it

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posted by Charlie Fish on April 24th, 2009 5:30 AM

Awesome.

Is it wrong that I am falling in love with Great Yarmouth?

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posted by Adam on April 24th, 2009 11:26 AM

I should just add a disclaimer that even though GY0 might make GY seem in some way desierable or glamorous it is most certainly not and if you were to ever visit we hold no responsibility for the crushing disapointment and chav-related attack that will follow.

- Thankyou the Mgmt. :D

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posted by Tøm on April 24th, 2009 3:49 PM

Ever visit again*

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posted by Adam on April 25th, 2009 1:07 AM

Ah yeah, god I'd forgotten about that. Still it only gets worse with time.

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posted by Sombrero Guy on April 25th, 2009 3:26 AM

I agree that without the people, there would be no pressing reason to visit Great Yarmouth. This is why I have edited all of my souvenirs to include the zero at the end...
I would recommend that any visitors go out of Great Yarmouth a little and just stay at Burgh Castle instead.

On a separate note, I've now visited three of those locations. In the summer I'm hoping we get guided tours of the Grain Mill, if you find another way in...