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South Walsham

A small Broadland village, part of which is located on the beautiful Broad of the same name.

An Introduction to South Walsham and South Walsham Broad

South Walsham Cottage
Church Inside
South Walsham Broad
The Ship Pub
Fleet Dyke

South Walsham village is actually about a mile from South Walsham Broad. It is a typical Broadland village, and has two churches in the same churchyard (Norfolk has several instances of this) and one is now a study centre. The village also contains a post office, 2 pubs, a pretty village green and some lovely cottages. South Walsham Broad is split in two, with the inner broad being private (part of the nearby Fairhaven Woodland Gardens). A path leads around the Broad and along the bank of Fleet Dike, eventually taking you to the River Bure and you can continue walking in a 6 mile loop, returning via Upton.

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South Walsham Map

South Walsham Map Ranworth Acle River Bure

South Walsham Guided Picture Tour

We start our tour of South Walsham in the village centre, by the Ship pub. Opposite is a cottage with views over the church. The village centre is about one mile from South Walsham Broad and makes a lovely walk on a sunny day.
The Ship Pub
The Ship pub South Walsham
South Walsham cottage
Kings Arms
Kings Arms Cantonese Restaurant and Takeaway

South Walsham Village Sign

Just down the road is the church of St Mary AND the church of St Lawrence. Norfolk has a few instances of more than one church in a single churchyard. The church of St Mary is usually open and is lovely inside, with some beautiful stained glass panels. The church of St Lawrence is used as a study centre.
South Walsham parish church of St. Mary
Church Study Centre
South Walsham parish church of St. Lawrence

Stained glass windows in St Mary's South Walsham
Stained Glass
Stained glass windows in St Mary's South Walsham
St Mary Inside
Inside the church of St Mary South Walsham
St Lawrence Inside
Inside the church of St Lawrence South Walsham

The walk to the Broad from the village, takes us around the edge of South Walsham Broad. There are some lovely homes and cottages on the route - imagine living here, with a view out over the Broad each morning! Some of the properties have boathouses on the edge of the water.
Norfolk Cottage
Thatched cottage South Walsham
In autumn there are plenty of Blackberries to pick!
Norfolk Wherry
Glimpse of a wherry on South Walsham Broad
Thatchers at work on a boathouse roof at South Walsham
Thatched Boathoue
The completed boathouse some months later

South Walsham Broad is split into two parts. The Inner Broad is private and is closed to the public, but the main South Walsham Broad is a lovely peaceful place to visit and well worth the trip down Fleet Dyke from the River Bure. Around the edge of the Broad are various properties and holiday lodges, and to be honest, they obstruct the view of the Broad from the public footpath, but you do get glimpses of the broad through their garden gates!
South Walsham Staithe
The staithe at South Walsham Broad
South Walsham Broad View
South Walsham Broad looking towards the Inner Broad
Staithside Cottage overlooking South Walsham Broad
Broad Glimpse
A glimpse of South Walsham Broad

A path leads around a boatyard and then along a bank of Fleet Dyke. It gives good views over the marshes and you can continue walking to the River Bure, along to Thurne mouth, down to Upton and back to South Walsham - about 5 miles in total.
Footpath along South Walsham Broad
Fleet Dike Path
Fleet Dyke South Walsham
View over the marshes at South Walsham
Log carved seat

Nearby, Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden comprises 53 hectares (131 acres) of beautiful ancient woodland, water gardens and a private broad at South Walsham in the heart of the Norfolk Broads.
The Old Oak
Fairhaven Woodland Gardens near South Walsham
Summer Green
Fairhaven Water Garden near South Walsham
Boat trips at Fairhaven near South Walsham
Spring flowers at Fairhaven near South Walsham

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South Walsham summary of what to SEE and DO

Enjoy the views of the Broad
Take a walk from the Broad to the village
Hire a day boat from the boatyard
Enjoy a refreshment, pub lunch or Sunday roast in the pub
Visit the distinctive village church - 2 in 1
Take a longer walk along Fleet Dyke
Visit the nearby woodland gardens at Fairhaven

Our Verdict

South Walsham is a great place to visit - either by boat or by road - we particularly recommend the walk around the Broad and lunch in the Ship.




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