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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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    photo of Broom House , Brockdish, Norfolk, Diss
    Perfect touring baseThis 15th-century timber framed former farmhouse is steeped in character and tradition with a wealth of beams, inglenook fireplace, orginal bread oven, original pamment tiled floors and a handbuilt ...
    Bedrooms: 6
    Sleeps Max: 9
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    photo of Bridge House , Ickburgh, near Brandon, Norfolk, Thetford
    Previously a 13th-century chapel, Bridge House later became a bridge toll house in the 16th century. It still retains some exterior 13th-century door frames, with an intricate carving that history buffs will love. Those ...
    Bedrooms: 3
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    photo of The Stables , Forncett St Peter, near Long Stratton, Norfolk, Diss
    All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with wooden floors. 4 bedrooms: 2 double, 2 twin. Bathroom with toilet. Shower room with toilet. T/cot on request. W/machine. D/washer. Please note: This property has a ...
    Bedrooms: 4
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    photo of Sandalls Marsh , Saxlingham Thorpe, Norfolk, Norwich
    This impressive, detached house stands proudly in two acres of land, which is divided into formal garden and woodland. Furnished to a very good standard by its owner, it creates a relaxing and stylish environment, and with ...
    Bedrooms: 5
    Sleeps Max: 10
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    photo of Chalk Barn , Hockwold-cum-Wilton, Norfolk, Thetford
    Ideal touring baseThis attractive barn conversion located in a pretty Norfolk village close to the Fens is an ideal location for exploring the delights of both Norfolk and Suffolk. Ideal for bird watchers, walkers, ...
    Bedrooms: 2
    Sleeps Max: 6
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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 ...
    Bedrooms: 2
    Sleeps Max: 5
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    photo of Church View , Northwold, Norfolk, Thetford
    Located next to a 13th century church, this detached, converted dairy barn is set in the owner’s grounds. This holiday home is situated in Breckland on the borders of Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire. The village has ...
    Bedrooms: 2
    Sleeps Max: 4
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    photo of Gosling Barn , South Lopham, near Diss,, Norfolk
    All on ground floor: Living room with wooden floor. Dining room/kitchen. Sun room with tiled floor. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin, both with wooden floors. Shower room with toilet. ...
    Bedrooms: 2
    Sleeps Max: 4
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    photo of Hall View , Thorpe Abbotts, Norfolk, Diss
    The two adjoining Hall Farm Barns were lovingly converted to a very good standard, leaving many of the original features, whilst providing all the modern conveniences. Single-storey and adjacent to one another and the ...
    Bedrooms: 3
    Sleeps Max: 6
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    photo of Park Farmhouse , Wortwell, near Harleston, Norfolk, Diss
    Convenient locationConveniently situated between the market towns of Bungay and Harleston, these attractive properties are set at the edge of the owner’s 6 acre farm, adjacent to the A143. Park Farmhouse (ref 30235) ...
    Bedrooms: 7
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