Poppies galore! Peddars Way South

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The picturesque village of Ringstead lies nestled in the gently rolling countryside of West Norfolk, just two miles from the stunning red and white cliffs of Hunstanton (Sunny Hunny) and from endless golden beaches.

This corner of Norfolk is, quite rightly, a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and crammed with pretty villages.

There are so many appealing attractions awaiting the visitor, I shall name but a few. Firstly, our own village shop which promises to delight and surprise; Ringstead’s 17th Century coaching house, The Gin Trap; Inn and the popular and well-stocked Wards Nursery.

red and white cliffs at Hunstanton
The red and white cliffs at Hunstanton.
Ringstead high street with village shop on the left
Ringstead High Street with the village shop on the left.

The parish church of St Andrews, is medieval in origin and can be seen for some distance (should you get lost on your seven mile round walk)! We also have a windmill to the north of the village which once bore six sails to guide your way.

Our gallery is 100 yards from Peddars Way South, a Roman road and national trail which provides a wonderful long-distance walk from Thetford and connects with the fabulous Norfolk Coastal Path to Cromer and beyond.

Just a 10-minute stroll from the gallery you will find Ringstead Downs, one of the largest surviving chalk grasslands in the country and home of several declining bird species. See: Norfolk Wildlife Trust.

The Victorian seaside town of Hunstanton, three miles distant, offers a recently re-opened Tourist Information point in the Oasis Leisure Centre with plenty of suggestions for local attractions, should you tire of the beach.

Ringstead high street with village shop on the left
Chalk Quarry – Ringstead Downs.

Hunstanton’s Art and Craft Centre and on a smaller scale, the recently opened NakedNorfolk in the Old Coal Shed, sell local art and craft. You see, this area inspires artists with its endless skies, coastline and wonderful countryside.

There are two fantastic bird reserves on our doorstep, Titchwell RSPB and Snettisham RSPB. The latter had a record number of migrant knots this winter, prints of which are for sale in our gallery.

It's this way!
It’s this way!

Drove Orchard farm shop and Thornham Deli are both yummy ‘must stops’ for visitors and locals alike. Then of course, we have the Norfolk Lavender, a treat for the whole family, just south of Hunny on the A149.

The attractive village of Sedgeford is four miles south of Ringstead and the home of SHARP – Sedgeford Historical Archaeological Research Project offering unique courses for the amateur in archaeological excavation.

A mile or two further south is Snettishtam, site of the world-famous Iron Age Hoard including a magnificent golden Torc. These finds can be seen in Norwich Castle Museum, an hour’s drive from here and in the British Museum.

Across the A149 from Snettisham you will find yourself in 1500 acres of re-wilded land known as Wild Ken Hill which borders the Wash and where you could just bump into wild boar or beaver. Just a tad further south is Sandringham with lovely woodland walks and gardens; the royals knew a thing or two when they moved up here!

I could lengthen this list considerably. Places to stay are abundant, I mention Norfolk Cottages because they have kindly offered to link to this site.

Brancaster beach - view west.
Brancaster beach – view west.

We have countless fantastic country and coastal pubs but it would not be appropriate for me to choose a few above the rest. Trip Advisor will advise. And… should your visit coincide with an R in the month, do try our Brancaster mussels!

Please note, that most of the above have been more closed than open due to Covid, including ourselves. We shall open with hope in our hearts when conditions allow.
Hanneke Robson x February 2021

Ringstead Mill
Ringstead Mill.
Ringstead Common becomes the bride.
Ringstead Common becomes the bride.
Elizabethan barn Ringstead downs
Elizabethan barn Ringstead Downs.