South Norfolk has some of the county’s most scenic and peaceful countryside, with winding lanes, thatched cottages, welcoming pubs and picturesque villages and market towns.
Gentle countryside for cycling and walking, great birdwatching and market towns
Nestled between the meandering Waveney Valley, the cultural delights of Norwich and Britain’s magical waterland of the Norfolk Broads, south Norfolk is a wonderful location for that get-away-from-it-all break where there is still plenty to see and do.
There are also the welcoming market towns of Diss, Harleston, Loddon and Wymondham – enjoy the warm hospitality while delving in delis and antique shops, buying local produce, or stopping off at a traditional tea house or traditional pub. Wymondham has an excellent museum and market.
The area is also dotted with the rich architecture of Saxon and Norman churches, including Wymondham’s 12th century Abbey, at one end of the Mid-Norfolk Railway. It’s said that wherever you can see the horizon, you’ll see a church tower. Why not try it for yourself.
This area of the county welcomed thousands of brave American airmen and crew during the second world war – The Friendly Invasion. Snetterton Circuit was originally fashioned out of redundant USAF runways and Hollywood actor Jimmy Stewart flew out of, amongst others in Norfolk, Old Buckenham, still a pretty community which has the largest village green in the country.
South Norfolk has excellent long and short distance walking and cycling routes, and there’s a lot to do for outdoor enthusiasts, anglers and nature-lovers.
The countryside is gently rolling with an abundance of woodland, farmland and narrow country lanes with grassy verges which are filled with wildflowers in the summer. There are 51 conservation areas in South Norfolk ensuring that village greens, historic buildings and ancient woodland are protected for future generations.
Here you’ll still see ‘narrow’ or ‘street’ commons and greens, a reminder of the linear network of grazing verges that were used to sustain livestock on their way to market.