Glandford nestles in the Glaven Valley a small Norfolk
village built by the Jodrell family, consisting of
charming flint and red bricked houses. A short stroll
through the village will bring you to the petite
Glandford Shell Museum, contained in a charming flint
cottage with Flemish gables.
Here you will find exquisite examples of craftsmanship
some done in shells, along with many other exhibits
including a piece of pottery from Pompeii. This small
museum is a must for anyone who has a love of beautiful
Glandford has no village pub/inn, but a short amble over
the footbridge along the lane through river meadows
where there are pretty views of the
picturesque Glaven Valley, will bring you to the
village of Wiveton, where
there is a good watering hole.
For retail therapy and provisions take a trip to the
nearby Georgian town of Holt.
The heart of Holt is very picturesque comprising of a
jumble of attractive colour washed buildings with many
of those in the market square listed as 'of
architectural importance'. Additional attractions are
the North Norfolk Steam Railway sited outside the main
thoroughfare, accessed either by foot or bus which will
whisk you away to the seaside resort of Sheringham.
Heading towards the coast you will find the coastal
village of Blakeney
sheltered by four miles of sand and shingle known as
Blakeney Point which is owned by the National Trust.
Blakeney Point has over 1,000 acres of sand dunes and is
a nature reserve, home to the common and grey seal. It
is also a bird sanctuary with a wealth of bird life
including Terns, Oyster Catchers, Plovers and Redshank.
It is possible to walk out to Blakeney Point from Cley but it is a ten mile hike
of rough walking. So easier to take advantage of boat
trip from either Blakeney or Morston Quay to get to the
The Norfolk Wildlife Cley Marshes are under two
miles away exceptionally good for watching birds and
other marshland specialities. It has an
environmentally friendly visitor centre incorporates an
observation area, interactive interpretation including a
remote controllable wildlife camera, a café, and sales
area. Four hides (with excellent wheelchair access)
provide bird watching within metres of the pools where
the birds congregate.
Around the village of Salthouse
is an area of extensive marsh and salt-water lagoons
protected by a high pebble defence-bank from the
voracious appetite of the North Sea. It has a
well-deserved reputation for producing rare bird life
and waders in particular.
Spotted Redshank, Sandpipers, Little
Stint and Godwits frequent its habitat. Higher up
Salthouse Heath with its gorse and broom has a small
breeding population of Nightjar as well as Tree Pipit
and Nightingale. A white washed cottage in the village
sells seasonal fish and chips from its back room to
River Glaven runs through
Glandford and just over the foot bridge there is a nice
convenient bench where you can sit and watch the antics
of the village ducks.
shells were collected
from all over the world by Sir Alfred Jodrell and were
originally stored in boxes at his home at Bayfield Hall
until the museum was built. The collection is still
being added to.
take the time to have a look at
the inside of the beautiful church of St. Mary, you wont
be disappointed. Please make certain that your shoes are
clean before entering as the church is partially
carpeted and remember that all donations are gratefully
received for its upkeep.