What an amazing afternoon (Monday 7th March 2022)!
Blue skies and a very cold north easterly made for a beautiful and stimulating 8 mile hike around Walsingham and Great Snoring
Almost 8 miles and mostly on very quiet back roads (I always try to avoid walking on tarmac but PRoWs in this area are hard to find).
Starting in the very special town of Great Walsingham with its many religious buildings, signs and people was like strolling out into the 14th century.
We quickly made our way out of the town past the Church of All Saints and St Peter and over the ford which floods through Westgate. Off road onto Foldgate Lane then on to Hindringham Meadows Nature Reserve (we didn’t visit the reserve as we were tight for time – another longer sunny warm day I think!).
Passing the amazing Godfreys Hall we came to Summer Green Farm (note the place names… like a fairy tale). From here to Thursford Common and on to Great Snoring via Duckstown End. Turning off the road onto a beautiful lane edged with a variety of shrubs and trees, the view opened out to reveal the river Vally (River Stiffkey) which we followed back into Great Walsingham passing a 14th century priory and the ruins of an Abbey and another Priory on the opposite side of the road. Walsingham, of course, is a premier place for pilgrimage in England. At its height in medieval times, it rivalled Canterbury and the great shrines of Europe!
Yes, there was a pub at the end. On the way home we ducked into The Crown in East Rudham… perfect!