South Norfolk & Waveney Valley

Holiday-Accommodation-Fabulous-South-Norfolk-Weveney-ValleyThe River Waveney defines the Suffolk and Norfolk border for much of its length, while the Waveney Valley forms part each county. In both, the valley presents rolling countryside and charming old market towns. The lovely towns of Diss and Harleston are on the southernmost part of Norfolk, while the market towns of Loddon and Wymondham are still in South Norfolk but heading towards Norwich.

Cycling, Walking, and Wildlife Watching

South Norfolk is ideal territory for cyclists, walkers and wildlife enthusiasts. The magnificent Redgrave and Lopham Fens straddle the border with Suffolk, and are the source of the river Waveney, one of the most important wetlands nature reserves in Europe. There are many rare species there, notably the fen raft spider.

The Market Town of Diss

The attractive old market town of Diss traces back to the Domesday Book, and serves as a gateway to Norfolk,. Diss is home to The Mere, as locals call it, which is one of the deepest natural lakes in England. The architecture here is varied with fine examples of medieval, georgian and victorian buildings. The Diss Museum provides a fascinating account of the town’s history.

The Sister Market Town of Harleston

To the east of Diss lies another ancient old town called Harleston. It was once a stopping point along the main London to Great Yarmouth coach route, and is home to some outstanding old coaching inns. Explore the town’s fascinating architecture by walking the local Discovery Trail.

One of South Yorkshire’s Finest Towns: Loddon

Loddon became a vital trading centre in Norman times, owing to its links by road and river to numerous Suffolk and Norfolk towns. Beautiful georgian and victorian buildings grace its streets and special events are held at the historic Hales Hall.

The Civil Parish of Wymondham

There are plenty of things to do at Wymondham, lying just a few miles away from Norwich. Among these visits to Wymondham Abbey, and the Wymondham Historic Railway Station come highly recommended. The Wymondham Heritage Museum is also worth adding to your agenda.