The market town of Dereham dates back to the 7th Century when it is believed that Withburga, youngest daughter of Anna, King of East Angles, founded a nunnery here.
Bishop Bonner’s Cottage (next to St Nicholas church) was constructed in early 17th Century and is now a museum celebrating the history of Dereham.
The town also boasts areas rich in wildlife including Scarning Fen, Potters Fen and Rush Meadow, all with public access.
The 12 mile Wensum Way that links Gressenhall on the Nar Valley Way with Lenwade on the Marriott’s Way passes through some beautiful central Norfolk landscape, much of it alongside or close to the river that gives the trail its name.
The River Wensum, which takes its name from Old English word for ‘winding’, is a designated Site of Special Scientific Interest and a Special Area of Conservation and this walk passes near 26 county wildlife areas and 4 Sites of Special Scientific Interest.