Category Archives: Norfolk

Radical Norfolk

Norfolk doesn’t tend to be the first place that comes into mind when you think of political radicalism but, surprisingly perhaps, there is  a strong tradition here and the East Anglian countryside has not always been as true blue as some … Continue reading

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Slow Travel Norfolk

Well, it is finally out – my new book Slow Travel Norfolk. Here is a brief extract from the book about an extraordinary rook roost that takes place at Buckenham Carrs each winter: A  large  wooded  area  just  east  of   Buckenham  … Continue reading

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Keswick All Saints

A little way south of Norwich, standing atop what counts for a hill in these parts, is a tiny roundtower church nestled amidst trees. All Saints Church stands above the small village of Keswick  in a crumpled corduroy landscape of wintry ploughed fields. … Continue reading

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The Turning of the Year

(This winter’s berries) The turning of the year. These past few days mark the interregnum that sits uncomfortably between Christmas and New Year – a week of virtual Sundays and a period when some of us – those who are self-employed … Continue reading

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Walking in Norfolk

My new Cicerone walking guide, Walking in Norfolk is going to be published in a week or two’s time and so here is a small taster of what to expect. The book contains 40 circular walks in all, and covers all parts … Continue reading

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Mappa Mundi – but whither Norwich?

This summer I visited Hereford for the first time in decades. I have long wanted to see the famous Mappa Mundi at the Cathedral there and so this was an opportunity. The ancient map, along with the almost as well-known … Continue reading

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Einstein on the Heath

It’s been a long time since my last post. The main reason for this is that I have been busy working on Slow Norfolk, a new guide for Bradt that is scheduled for publication early next year. Rather than a … Continue reading

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Of Saints and Shipwrecks

Beneath the spectacular white and red chalk cliffs of Old Hunstanton in northwest Norfolk lie the sorry remains of what was once a working boat, the Steam Trawler Sheraton. Although she started life in 1907 as a Grimsby fishing trawer, and would later … Continue reading

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Norwich Gorillas

Over the past few days a large number of gorillas have taken over Norwich city centre. No leaf-munching friends of David Attenborough these, the Norwich gorillas are fibreglass but compensate for their inanimate nature by coming dressed in a wide range of outlandish outfits. … Continue reading

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Crossing the Yare

It is the second Sunday in April, the warmest day of the year so far. Shirtsleeves weather at last despite much of the landscape still looking bleached and lifeless thanks to a long winter that has only just finished. Look … Continue reading

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