Walking

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Norfolk Coast Path A variety of circular walks, passing by low cliffs and extensive sandy beaches and dunes. It has recently been extended from Cromer to Hopton-on-Sea and is now 84 miles long. Paston Way A 22-mile walk discovering the Medieval churches between Cromer and North Walsham. Peddars Way Running for 46 miles from the Brecks to the North Norfolk coast near Hunstanton. It follows the route of a Roman road, through some fantastic scenery. Weavers’ Way This 61-mile route goes from Cromer to Great Yarmouth, passing through a diverse landscape of woodland, farmland, historic country estates, rivers and lakes. Marriott’s Way Following the route of …

Uniquely North Norfolk

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With its breathtaking scenery, stunning skies, and colourful flora and fauna, North Norfolk is simply spectacular. Along its dramatic coastline its beaches and marshlands are varied and beautiful while further inland it offers picturesque countryside and magnificent woodland. Those who enjoy the great outdoors will find miles of footpaths and quiet country lanes to explore on foot or by bicycle. There are nature reserves, forests, Sites of Special Scientific Interest and so many other beauty spots to discover. But, with its pretty villages and towns, it is also a great destination for shopping, food and drink, and family activities. Its independent outlets, …

Norwich at Christmas

Norwich Christmas Lights 2017. Photo credit Simon Finlay Photography.

In places, it’s the Dickensian picture book backdrop that we all think of when we imagine the perfect Christmastime. After nightfall, the cobbles glitter by the reflection of twinkling lights, the windows of pubs glow mistily in the cold evening air, and shop windows promise all sorts of magic and mysterious parcels come December 25. Clusters of star-balls sit high in trees, and punctuate strings of illuminations which guide shoppers on their way through the historic streets. High on the hill, the Medieval backdrop of Norwich Castle is animated by sequences of festive projections which dance late into the night. From November, …

Building Bridges

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Today, a number of interesting bridges can still be seen. Built in 1340, Bishop Bridge is the only surviving Medieval bridge in the city and is one of the oldest bridges still in use in England. It crosses the river between Bishopgate and Bishop Bridge Road. Fye Bridge, which connects Wensum Street and Fye Bridge Street, is the oldest known bridge crossing point in the city; it was also the site of a Medieval ducking stool where women suspected of being witches were held under water. The existing bridge was opened in 1933. The Novi Sad Friendship Bridge was opened in 2001 …

A City of Stories

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The mystical Julian of Norwich is known to be the first woman to have written a book in the English language, writing her Revelations of Divine Love in the 14th century. In the 17th century, the work of Sir Thomas Browne led to the introduction of new words into the English language, including “computer,” “hallucination” and “electricity.” Renowned for his marriage of literature with science and philosophy, many agree that he is probably the greatest writer associated with Norwich. Anna Sewell gave us Black Beauty, published by Jarrold in Norwich in 1877. This story of horse welfare in Victorian England is …