The Village of Loddon in Norfolk

Loddon Norfolk Holidays

A visitors guide to the town of Loddon located in the Southern Broads of Norfolk.  The Broadland Market town of Loddon is located on the River Chet in South Norfolk, an ideal location for touring both Suffolk and Norfolk. The towns numbers swell in summer with the influx of people on boating holidays exploring the Norfolk Broads who moor here to enjoy the towns many delights.

Loddon has an attractive marina where there is an information board that shows photographs of the area in bygone days. Here you can hire a river boat for a day or longer. The staithes were once the unloading point for wherries, which carried all manner of loads including grain, timber and coal up and down the river, until before the last war. Loddon was once a commercial port, and there are old warehouses with Loddon Watermill standing to this day on the bridge over the River Chet. This Watermill  is mentioned in the Domesday Book and is the earliest recorded building in the town. 

Down stream there is a pleasant walk between the river bank and grazing marshes.  After about a quarter of a mile you will find Pye Mill with its pleasant picnic area. At Pye Mill there is a two tonne oak block that has been turned into a story and acts as a signpost for visitors to a town shopping trail. It shows a mother who wants to be sure that her family have ample provisions  before they cast off. However, as she had overloaded the shopping bag there is now a trail of items they she has dropped along the footpath into town. The items which were dropped by the sculptured shopping party can be found as way markers as you walk through the water meadow to the Loddon's shops.

The town centre has been designated as a conservation area and is made up of many period properties. Loddon House and Farthing Green House were both built in the early 18th century; with the latter receiving considerable additions in later years. The village has a number of shops including a community stores and a  supermarket.

Loddon has an imposing 15th century parish church and inside is an interesting small room reached by a spiral staircase located within the thickness of the wall. In pre-reformation days, the priests from Langley Abbey may have used it as overnight accommodation as within three miles of the town are 13 medieval churches. 

There are miles of local footpaths around Loddon including The Wherrymans Way a 35 mile route which follows the course of the River Yare between Great Yarmouth and Norwich. The name comes from the wherry a large cargo-carrying barge whose elegant black sails were a once common sight on these waters. You can walk or cycle the route or explore parts of if by train and river bus. There is also a good circular walk around Loddon (7km 9 miles) which takes you past the old Watermill, the church and Hales Hall, details of all these walks can be found at the local Tourist Information Office located in the town. 

Other walks have way markers along their routes, with information panels and audio points. It is possible to do a river walk that runs the full length of the Chet from the Staithe to Hardley Cross for those who enjoy spotting wildlife or simply enjoying the countryside . 

Hardley Flood nature reserve is about half a mile along the river bank an important Ramsar site (Ramsar sites are wetlands of international importance designated under the Ramsar Convention) which provides an essential wintering ground for thousands of wildfowl and is always teeming with birds and wildlife. A bridge that spans the Hardley Floods links a footpath from nearby Chedgrave to the furthest end of Hardley Flood.

Golf is available at the nearby Suffolk towns of Bungay and Beccles.  Hales Hall at Loddon was once the home of the Hobarts, both the barn and the moated gardens are open to visitors. The historic medieval city of Norwich is only 20 minutes by car or there is a half hourly bus service from the town centre. For seaside amusements then visit Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft with their piers, theatres, leisure pools, and other seaside holiday attractions.

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