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    The southern reaches of Norfolk include the largest lowland pine forest in Britain, and stretch from the edges of Norwich out into the Suffolk borders, covering more than 350 sq miles. Much of the area includes the tranquil banks and water meadows of the Waveney valley. The Southern (Norfolk) Broads offer some of the finest areas of wetland in the country, with reed beds and marshland giving way to long, meandering waterways.

    Things to do in South Norfolk
    A number of notable footpaths and cycleways criss-cross the south Norfolk landscape. Since Roman times, the Peddars Way has taken travellers northwards from Knettishall Heath near Thetford, via the mid-Norfolk market town of Swaffham, and on towards the north Norfolk coast. Meanwhile, the Angles Way connects with the Peddars Way at Knettishall, and runs east along the Norfolk/Suffolk border to the North Sea coast at Great Yarmouth. Route 13 of the National Cycle Network runs up from London, with the Norfolk section between Thetford and Fakenham a popular ride; at Fakenham it continues on to join a section of Route 1 towards the Essex port of Harwich.

    Top Destinations

    Wymondham – Just outside Norwich, the market town of Wymondham is famous for its association with local rebel Robert Kett. The two towers of Wymondham Abbey are a distinctive local landmark, which are visible for miles around. The Abbey, with its ruined octagonal tower and the newer, square tower, originally started life as a 12th century Benedictine priory. Two railway stations in the town give access to the mainline rail services to London and Cambridge, and to a local heritage line which runs from Wymondham Abbey station north to yet another market town at East Dereham.

    Castle Acre – Just north of Swaffham in the pretty village of Castle Acre, lie the stunning 12th century Castle Acre Priory, an imposing Bailey Gate and the extensive Norman castle ruins of Castle Acre Castle. Straddling the ancient Peddars Way, the village overlooks pretty fields and water meadows in the nearby valley of the Nar River. Just a short car ride away, in the neighbouring village of West Acre, a local community theatre offers a wide variety of entertainment throughout the year, including jazz picnics, theatre workshops and open-air concerts.

    Thetford Forest – The Forest was created after the First World War to replenish the country’s timber supply, which had been severely impacted by the demands of the war effort. Ironically, the creation of the forest destroyed the ‘typical Breckland’ environment of sandy ridges and gorse heathland, which had itself been introduced by ancient flint-mining activities, which had largely denuded the local landscape.

    Grimes Graves – Perhaps the most famous ancient mine-workings in Britain, Grimes Graves is a Neolithic flint mine, and is also the only complex of its kind anywhere in Britain to be open to the public. One excavated mine shaft is even accessible to visitors, via a 30ft ladder.

    Southwold – Although technically in Suffolk, the charming seaside town of Southwold is a popular destination for Norfolk day trips. Bounded by the North Sea coastline to the east, the imaginatively named ‘Buss Creek’ to the north, and the River Blyth and Southwold harbour to the south-west, the town is accessible by just a single road, giving an island-like quality to the settlement. A small white inland lighthouse is a popular local landmark in the town, as is the Adnams brewery. The eccentric and unique amusements on the tiny seaside pier are also typical of this very particular and unique resort.

    Norwich  – It was once said that ‘Norwich had a pub for every day of the year and a church for every week of the year’. Within the historic city walls of Norwich there are more than 30 mediaeval churches, and many are still regularly used for parish worship. This ‘fine city’ has also taken a unique approach to deconsecrated churches, utilising them variously as arts centres, galleries, tea shops, second-hand markets, concert venues, a hands-on science museum and the, now-famous, Norwich Puppet Theatre. The city is also one of the few in England with two very fine cathedrals. The iconic Anglican Cathedral of the Holy and Undivided Trinity dates from the late 11th century, with its largely Norman style, the second-tallest and finest Norman spire in the country, and the only two-storey cloister in England, with over 1,000 bosses. Across the city, the Catholic Cathedral of St John the Baptist is a Victorian construction to the designs of George Gilbert Scott, and is in the Gothic Revival style. It is also the second largest Catholic cathedral in the UK.

    Diss – A unique county town, which boasts a six-acre mere (lake) and the most wonderful selection of 16th century timber-framed buildings, Diss is close to the border with Suffolk, of which it was once a part.

     


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    This delightful, romantic 17th century Grade II listed cottage has been restored to provide a very good standard of accommodation. It is an ideal holiday base for those seeking the perfect ‘Get Away' country retreat. ...
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    photo of Woodcrest Farm Barn , Roydon, near Diss, Norfolk
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    photo of Covert Cottage , Diss, Norfolk, Thetford
    Set in an oasis of peace and tranquillity Covert Cottage makes an ideal holiday retreat with well furnished accommodation and delightful views. Situated next to the owner's property, guests can also enjoy their ...
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    photo of Homestead , Northwold, near Downham Market, Norfolk, Thetford
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    photo of Foxburrow , Thorpe Abbotts, near Diss, Norfolk
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    photo of Pillar Box House , Hackford, near Wymondham, Norfolk, Dereham
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    photo of Juanperi Cottage , 2 Prospect Place, Black Street, Winterton-On-Sea, Norfolk
    Juanperi Cottage is in the heart of the old fishing village of Winterton-on-Sea, a few steps away from the shop, post office and pub. Walk out of the gate and within a very few minutes you are on a stunning, completely ...
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    photo of Glovers Cottage , 27 Broad Street, Harleston, Norfolk
    Enjoy a stay in our recently refurbished country cottage, in the quaint market town of Harleston in South Norfolk. Awarded 4 Stars by Quality in Tourism / Visit Britain / Enjoy England and also a member of Welcome ...
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    photo of Hideaway Cottage , Back Lane, Wymondham, Norfolk
    Charming and compact 4 star gold rated cottage, superbly equipped and furnished offering contemporary, relaxed, informal luxury. Located in the heart of the historic market town of Wymondham, nestled behind the main ...
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    photo of Willow Barn , Denton, near Bungay, Norfolk, Diss
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