The Village of Glandford in Norfolk
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
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
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
. 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
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.
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.
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.
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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