The Village of Glandford in Norfolk

Glandford Norfolk Holidays

A visitors guide to the small village of Glandford in Norfolk, located under three miles from the North Norfolk Coast. 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 things. 

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 point.

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 hungry ornithologists.

To Find Norfolks /Suffolks Hidden Treasures - Click the Location Link. The 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.

Escape to Norfolk or Suffolk - Click the Location Link. The 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.

To Find Norfolks /Suffolks Hidden Treasures - Click the Location Link. Do 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.

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