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The Waterland

Walking to South Walsham

We embark on a short walk from the banks of the River Bure, to South Walsham Broad. On the way we explore a little history about this wonderful, scenic area…

Tales from the River… Wayford Bridge to Upton

Join us as we travel along the River Ant by boat from Wayford Bridge to Upton, and then walk across the stunning marshes run by Norfolk Wildlife Trust, to the White Horse Pub in the village of Upton…

Norfolk Walks: West Somerton to Winterton…

Come with us, through wonderful Norfolk countryside, on a walk from West Somerton, on the Norfolk Broads, to the beach at Winterton, and back through Winterton-on-Sea. We visit West Somerton round tower Church and see the war memorial and the grave of Robert Hales, the Norfolk Giant. We also take a look at the ruins of St Mary’s Church, which is the subject of some interesting local folklore.

Halvergate Marshes… On the Weaver’s Way…

Sunrise… ‘Is that jacket going to keep you warm enough?’ Mrs Waterland asks as I get out of the car.  ‘Once we get walking, I’ll be alright’ I reply with a shiver.  Glancing East, I point towards Mutton’s Mill…  ‘look, the sun is coming up already…’ Early morning is by far my favourite time of day.  Especially early mornings like this, when the air is crisp and the sky is full of colour.  There’s a gentle breeze that means there’s […]

To the Stars!

The telescope… ‘Did you realise it was going to be that big?‘ Mrs Waterland asks as she walks in the living room. ‘No, I didn’t‘ I reply as I extend the last of the three tripod legs.  ‘And I haven’t put the telescope on yet!’ I add. I’ve always been interested in astronomy and buying the DSLR tracking mount last year really fired up my interest.  No more indecision, I decided, as I press the ‘buy now’ button on a […]

Nature and Me…

Nature has given us the greatest gift… and it starts just outside your door…

The Lullaby of Upton Marshes

A Spring, a Summer, a seemingly endless day on Upton marshes… Find me here in the early morning mist, or in the last rays of sunlight as they fade to reveal starry night skies. This is life on the river, and a boatman I will ever be…

To Quietly Go Where the Kingfishers Are…

It’s turned into a fine evening.. The sun has come out and the summer, which seemed to be doing it’s best to get to Autumn as soon as possible, suddenly feels like summer again!  I glance across at Mrs Waterland, and watch as she contentedly plonks herself in a deckchair… ‘I’m going to take the dinghy up river to Dilham’ I annouce ‘Ok‘ comes the reply, and after a short pause…  ‘I’ll stay here and catch up on my book‘ […]

Life and Death on the Marshes

‘Something up there!‘ Mrs Waterland announces while nudging her elbow into my arm. I look up and see a Kestrel hovering over the path to our left.  ‘Oh yes, well spotted‘ I reply as I move slowly closer and ready my camera. The Kestrel does not seem to be aware of our presence, or me shuffling closer to it, as it hovers, transfixed by something on the ground. I continue to edge forward and then the raptor suddenly begins it’s […]

A Beautiful Ballet…

There are many areas in the UK that are amazing environments for wildlife. Some I have visited and lots more I’d love to visit. If only there were enough years in a lifetime!  However, my first love and, somehow, my ‘home’ even when I didn’t live here, has always been the Norfolk Broads.  When I had the opportunity to move away from the London suburbs to the countryside, Norfolk was an easy first choice. And so here I find myself, […]