Norfolk or Suffolk? Why not Visit Both?
Suffolk and Norfolk run side by side from the sea to Cambridgeshire. As many of our previous visitors know, we’re proudly in Suffolk. However, Norfolk is almost a stone’s throw away (well 3 miles actually), so many guests find time to visit both. They’ll find many attractions in both counties.
Go Wild in Norfolk
Popular amongst our more go-getting guests, is the High Lodge Centre in the middle of Thetford Forest. There’s a choice of activities to be found there, including mountain biking, segway riding and miles of walks. The centre includes the usual facilities for eating and drinking and has a large picnic spot. There is mountain bike hire available all year round. Detailed maps are available and there’s signposting along the way – just choose a route to suit your skill level. If you’re wanting adrenaline, old ‘bomb holes’ present a challenging deviation from the bike routes.
For those who don’t mind heights, (or momentarily escaping their comfort zones) then there’s Go Ape. One of their first high wire experiences can be found here as well. To see wildlife which isn’t native to Norfolk, the highly rated Banham Zoo, east of Thetford, is a fun and educational day out.
History Hunting in Suffolk
We’re so lucky in our part of Suffolk to have many well preserved traditional villages. You’ll see plenty of pan-tiled and thatched cottages, many painted in the traditional local colour, Suffolk Pink. Village churches are mostly clad in the local stone which is flint – very hard to shape as it splits in unpredictable ways. Many Norfolk and Suffolk churches show ‘knapped flints’ which means the internal edge of the stone is facing outwards. Oak was the main material for the structure of our oldest houses, and externally exposed timbers can be frequently spotted. Lavenham, Clare and Long Melford have some great examples. Nearby Bury St Edmunds boasts Abbey ruins, an attractive cathedral and as well as the town museum, a museum of local beer making too.
Both Norfolk and Suffolk have great stretches of unspoilt coastline, and within about an hour you can be at either. There are numerous wildlife reserves and long beaches for walking, plus a great choice of villages and towns which still bear a resemblance to how they might have looked a century ago.
So if you can’t decide which county you’d like to visit, why not visit both!