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From Heath to Fen to Broad

Continuing the series of Broads’ posts: An easy and enjoyable, 10 mile, walk through varied terrain, beginning on the acidic sandy soils ENE of Norwich through to the miry fens and the Broads that nestle amongst the marshes along the … Continue reading

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The Two Mills of Tunstall

Living in Great Yarmouth, and making frequent journeys by bus along the Acle New Road (A47), I am rather blasé about our windmills, so many of which can be seen from that road. Yet, apart from one visit to Berney … Continue reading

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Nature. Reserved.

Surlingham . . .  a small village off the main highway southeast of Norwich qualifies for both the blog projects I’ve set myself for this year—Norfolk Broads, and A Hundred Walks (walks in the old hundred of Henstead). But I … Continue reading

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A Hundred Walks

No, not 100 walks, but walks across, around and through an English hundred. This is something I began last summer, source of the flower photos I posted (see also The Confusing Case of the Norman Arches), and intend to resume … Continue reading

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Broadly . . .

The words ‘Norfolk’ and ‘Broads’ go together like ‘Coffee’ and ‘Cream’, or ‘Tom’ and ‘Gerry’. Why? Because the Broads are to Norfolk what the lochs are to Scotland and Snowdonia to Wales. Except for one two major differences. The Broads aren’t natural, and … Continue reading

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Tipping a Wink at Whitlingham

While I have no intention of making this post a promotion of Whitlingham Country Park (I’m sure they’ve their own department devoted to it), I will agree that it makes an ideal destination for a family day out. Sailing, canoeing, … Continue reading

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A Wet Woodland Walk

Or perhaps A Spurious Segue In January 1797 John Hetherington, a London haberdasher, was fined £50 for causing a public nuisance—he was wearing the very first top hat. In public! In February 1797 the very last invasion of Britain began. And … Continue reading

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