While I don't know Colchester (thanks to whomever sent me a link to
information about it), I do know the north coast of East Anglia fairly
well as I spend my summers in a little corner of it with the Sedgeford
Historical and Archaeological Project.
I don't know the broads well, but I can attest that Norfolk is not all
flat! The project is set in a village on the River Heecham and it's a
bit of a climb to get out of the valley.
The villages along the north coast are lovely. It's not entirely an
unknown area -
Burnham Market has become a Chelsea-aaway-from-home - it's very
difficult getting through it on the weekend thanks to all the big SUVs.
And what used to be the locals' pub in Sedgeford, happy to have a summer
gang of archaeologists join the locals to hear the band on Saturday
nights, is now an upscale restaurant that no longer welcomes us. Tourism
is a two-edged sword.