Come and explore cosy country pubs, mystical meadows, delicious local food, picturesque villages, haunting woodland, historic market towns, big Norfolk skies, abundant wildlife and beautiful scenery …
… It’s time to pull on your walking boots and discover the Boudicca Way - south Norfolk’s hidden gem, deep in the Waveney Valley.
The Boudicca Way stretches for 36 miles from the edges of Suffolk, starting at Diss railway station (just 1 ½ hours by train from London), to the centre of Norwich. It’s named after East Anglia’s famous warrior Queen of the Iceni, who marched this route in revolt against the Romans 2,000 years ago. And, like Boudicca herself, this area of south Norfolk has remained something of a mystery.
However, grants and local funding have changed all of this. New sign posts, improved footpaths and a dedicated website, www.boudiccaway.co.uk – with information about the rich history, wildlife and gastronomic delights of the area – are attracting more and more visitors to this unspoilt corner of Norfolk.
This historic route consists of a series of paths, tracks and lanes, passing along riverbanks, through woodland, past churches and across village greens in quintessential English villages such as Pulham Market and Saxlingham Nethergate.
For those who may not have the time to walk the whole route, it is split into four main sections and there’s also a number of shorter circular walks, such as the one that starts at Tyrrel’s Wood - an ancient woodland Site of Special Scientific Interest that’s off the beaten track and home to lots of wildlife.
There’s plenty of modern and ancient history to keep you interested along the way, including a Roman town, Venta Icenorum, at Caistor St Edmund, which was the most important Roman settlement in northern East Anglia about 1,700 years ago. You’ll also find a hill fort, Roman villa, WWII American airforce museum and many historically important buildings, such as a fine collection of Saxon and Norman churches, including the 13th Century St Andrew’s Church in Frenze and the 15th Century St George’s Church in Shimpling, both run by the Churches Conservation Trust.
Many of you may be pleased to hear there’s plenty of pubs along the route too! Norfolk is famous for its local food and drink industry containing 100’s of small producers. You’ll find many excellent farmers markets and restaurants in the area who serve up delicious, locally produced food.
The local towns and villages offer shopping, local arts and crafts and places to visit. And, if you need a place to stay, there’s plenty of good quality accommodation in the area to suit all tastes and budgets.
The people behind the restoration of the route, Steve and Meryl Falvey, own The Old Bakery B&B, a lovingly restored former 16th century bakery in Pulham Market. With oak-beams, spacious en-suite bedrooms and delicious Norfolk breakfasts, made from local produce, it’s a great base from which to explore the area.
As Steve Falvey says, “There’s more fun to be had in south Norfolk than you may think. Why not visit www.boudiccaway.co.uk to find out how easy it is to get to, find out more, plan your trip and come and have a great time in a beautiful part of the world that we’d love to share with you?”
For more information:
You can follow The Boudicca Way on twitter: @BoudiccaWay or on Facebook
For places to stay, eat and drink as well as transport links and shopping facilities – see: www.boudiccaway.co.uk/businesses/
For downloadable maps and more information: www.boudiccaway.co.uk
The Old Bakery B&B: http://www.theoldbakery.net