This new, thoroughly updated, third edition of Bradt’s Norfolk, part of Bradt’s award-winning ‘Slow travel’ series of guides to UK regions, turns the spotlight on this county of contrasts, from the fine city of Norwich to the watery wilderness of the Broads and the sweeping beaches of the superlative north coast. As well as featuring all the main sights, experienced travel writer and local resident Laurence Mitchell ensures that Bradt’s Norfolk covers places and aspects not detailed by other guidebooks and offers a special emphasis on car-free travel, walking (including along several long-distance footpaths), accommodation, local food and pubs. Written in an entertaining style combining personal narrative with authoritative information, this guide brings the county to life through anecdotes and the views of local people.
Making a virtue of being selective, the guide points visitors to the cream of the area, but includes the whole of Norfolk from Great Yarmouth and the Broads in the east to the Fens of the far west, from the iconic North Norfolk coast to the Breckland region to the south. Places to eat and drink are selected by the author based upon long-standing knowledge of the area, in particular delving into aspects of regional distinctiveness and character.
Characterful market towns, medieval churches and Seahenge (a 4,000-year-old timber circle) feature alongside culturally vibrant Norwich, England’s first UNESCO City of Literature, which hosts the acclaimed Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts and the highly rated Norwich and Norfolk Festival. Flora and fauna are also celebrated, the guidebook detailing the many wildlife sites within the county that are home to rare species, including the iconic swallowtail butterfly, while there is new detail on rewilding projects such as Wild Ken Hill, featured on BBC Springwatch and Autumnwatch programmes, seal colonies and the ‘Snettisham spectacular’ of shorebirds and geese.
Hiking and biking, literary and artistic connections, canoeing and water-based activities, local food and drink (including prize-winning vineyards and independent breweries), and all the practical, up-to-date information you could need are included, helping make Bradt’s Norfolk the must-have guide for all visitors to this beguiling county.
Eye-opening and wonderful
The Sunday Times Magazine
Slow Travel Norfolk is a celebration of the county as well as a guidebook. It is a personal guide, peppered with practical information, and ranges from the Fens to the Broads and the coast to the city.
With a rich level of local detail, these get under the skin of Britain’s most relaxing spots.
The Slow Mindset
The Bradt Slow Travel series evolved from an editorial meeting when we started to explore ides for guides to Great Britain. We wanted to get away from the usual ‘top sights’ formula and encourage our authors to bring out the nuances and local differences that make up a sense of place – such things as food, building styles, nature, geology or local people and what makes them tick. Our aim was to create a series that celebrates the present, focusing on sustainable tourism, rather than taking a nostalgic wallow in the past.
So without realising it we had defined ‘Slow Travel’, or at least our concept of it. So take time to explore. Don’t rush it, get to know an area – and the people who live there – and you will be as delighted as the authors by what you find.
Table of Contents
GOING SLOW IN NORFOLK
A taste of Norfolk, How this book is arranged, Getting around
Chapter 1 THE NORTH NORFOLK COAST
Getting around, The end of the line: Cromer & Sheringham, Salt marshes & Samphire: from Salthouse to Stiffkey , Wells-next-the-Sea & Holkham,
The Burnhams, Brancaster to Hunstanton
Chapter 2 THE NORTHEAST NORFOLK COAST & THE BROADS
The northern Broads, Getting around, The coast: Overstrand to Caister-on-Sea, Into the Broads proper: North Walsham to the River Bure, Barton Broad, Hickling Broad & around
Chapter 3 NORTH CENTRAL NORFOLK
Getting around, Aylsham & northwards, West of Aylsham, Holt & around, Around Walsingham & Fakenham, Following the Wensum Way along the Wensum Valley, East Dereham & around
Chapter 4 NORTHWEST NORFOLK & THE WASH
Getting around, The northwest corner: Hunstanton to Castle Rising, East from Sandringham & Castle Rising, King’s Lynn & around, West into Fenland
Chapter 5 NORWICH & THE YARE VALLEY
Getting around, Norwich, Along the Yare – south bank, Along the Yare – north bank , Away from the Yare
Chapter 6 THE WAVENEY VALLEY
The arty side, Getting around, Diss & around, Diss to Bungay, Beccles & the lower Waveney Valley
Chapter 7 THE BRECKS
The Brecks & Thetford Forest, Getting around, Swaffham & around, The Breck-Fen border country, & into the Brecks proper