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Norfolk's Holy Land

Norfolk's Holy Land (37.5km / 23.3 miles)

This itinerary showcases a unique aspect of the Norfolk heritage. Augustus Jessopp called Norfolk's 'Holy Land' due to the high concentration of priories and friaries, especially between Castle Acre and Wormegay.However, equally the route destination of King's Lynn had at one time held four great orders of friars present in the town. Equally, the area is sprinkled with a few Mott and Bailey castles, a rabbit warren and a deer park/ chase. There is a medieval landscape story that can form a link between Castle Acre and Kings Lynn. The Nar was navigable during this period and there are several mills recorded, such a Bone Mill at Narborough, (whale bones from Kings Lynn). Equally the River Nar is an internationally rare example of a chalk river. Therefore, the natural side of the river has merit and content. Opportunities for fishing, water skiing, and archery could be added to this itinerary if desired. There are real ale pubs from Castle Acre, to Shouldham and Kings Lynn providing plenty of opportunity for refreshment along the way.

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