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 …

Down in history

From the north-east, where 850,000-year-old footprints were found, to the north-west, where a ring of timbers was dated to 2049 BC, North Norfolk’s rich heritage is well documented. Among the many historic places visitors can still enjoy today are: Castles, such as Castle Rising, near King’s Lynn – one of the most famous 12th century castles in England, its stone keep is among the finest surviving examples of its kind Manor houses, such as Baconsthorpe Castle, near Holt – a moated and fortified 15th century manor house, with a gatehouse thought to have been built during the Wars of the Roses Round-towered churches – …

All seasons

Roe deer, Caister St Edmund, Elizabeth Dack, 3 July 2014

When it comes to wildlife in North Norfolk, there is always something to see AUTUMN See if you can spot Roe deer – the males have relatively short antlers, typically with six points, which they begin to grow in November. Slender, medium-sized deer, with no tail, they are mostly brown in colour. They have a paler, buff patch around the rump. Roe deer live in areas of mixed countryside, with farmland, grassland, heathland and woodland. Photograph of roe deer, Caister St Edmund by Elizabeth Dack Also look out for Hornet mimic hoverfly – as its name suggests, it is an excellent mimic of the …

Beautiful Burnham Market

Situated just a short distance from some of North Norfolk’s most spectacular beaches, Burnham Market is a vibrant and attractive village. Close to the mouth of the River Burn, from which it is likely to have taken its name, it is one of the Burnham villages, which also include Burnham Thorpe, Burnham Overy Town, Burnham Overy Staithe, Burnham Norton and Burnham Deepdale. Set around a central green, Burnham Market is known for its array of local independent shops, boutiques and galleries. And, from fresh, seasonal produce and bouquets of flowers to clothing, art, furniture and even hardware, there are independent businesses that cater …

Into the woods

Enjoy the glorious and varied colours of the seasons as you take a walk through some of North Norfolk’s enchanting woodland Foxley Wood, at Foxley, is Norfolk’s largest remaining ancient woodland. Look out for the pale-yellow primroses in early spring and then the carpets of bluebells from mid-April through to early May. At Thursford Wood, near Little Snoring, the spring colour is followed by summer ferns and the autumnal hues of the oak trees, some of which are believed to be over 500 years old. Bacton Woods date back to Saxon times and present glorious greens within conifer plantation, mixed woodland and open …