Snowdrops everywhere! 8 lockdown walks across Norfolk
They're coming out! The loveliest places (that we're allowed to visit in lockdown) to catch winter snowdrops across Norfolk over the next few weeks.
Bagthorpe Hall, Kings Lynn
Ahh bring on spring! Not far from Sandringham (Queenie could be in residence) in Kings Lynn and only 15 mins from the coast, Bagthorpe Hall’s delightful circular snowdrop walk via the 150 year old woodland might just have you reaching for a tree hug. *Plus the hall provides luxury B&B in ordinary times, so it’s worth a visit now for a stay-cay reccy! Booking essential.
Lexham Hall, Litcham
Lexham is a family owned hall set in a whopping 4400 acres of mainly agricultural estate. The snowdrop walks here stretch from the surrounding 3 acre park and woodlands and across to the American Gardens* to the far side of the lake (*hold on while I channel my inner Daisy Buchanan). Come back in the spring/summer to admire the roses, and look out for rhododendrons, azaleas, camellias and magnolias. Booking essential.
Horstead House, Norwich
Horstead is on the River Bure and its woodland walk offers a blanket of snowdrops with added winter flowering shrubs and dogwoods (delicate white flowering trees) on the river island. Magical. Booking essential.
Sheringham Park, Sheringham
If you’ve not yet visited this glorious park, you’re in for a treat. One of my top picks for a meander anytime, Shezza Park always puts on her best seasonal frock and at this time of year it’s the brave little snowdrop in abundance. Check NT website for booking slots.
Oxburgh Hall, Swaffham
Did you know that it’s bad luck to bring a single snowdrop into the house? Nope, me neither. Anyway, phew – the NT have reopened their gardens, and we all need to get out for a stomp after the beautiful but rather exhausting snow. Oxburgh is the perfect place to wander through the woodland paths admiring the little ‘milk flowers’. Booking essential.
Raveningham Hall, Norwich
This is a slight digression as due to the restrictions the hall is currently just offering a guided tour in early March of the grounds and gardens. The hall is owned by former President of the Royal Horticultural Society, Sir Nicholas Bacon, so expect to be impressed. The late February snowdrops here are magnificent but check opening times first before booking.
Chestnut Farm, Holt
Just a couple of miles from Holt and the coast is the lovely Chestnut Farm, privately owned and walk through three acres of over 100 (yes, that’s right) varieties of snowdrops, drifts of crocuses and other woodland flowers. Check opening times with the owner – booking essential.
Fairhaven Woodland & Water Garden, South Walsham
Fill a whole morning or afternoon with this four-mile woodland and waterway walk where the kids can run free and spot lots of wildlife (there’s over 95 species of birds, so you’ll keep the small one’s busy). Make sure you book first.