On a beautiful weekend in February we took a trip to Walsingham Abbey to see the snowdrops. Open daily from February through October, we visited on a day when the entry proceeds were being donated to the Norfolk Hospice Tapping House. We had some wild winds the day before and they were still whistling through the trees as we stood beneath them, making some wild noises too. It was quite electric! We escaped the odd rain shower earlier in the morning, so our walk was in bright and beautiful sunshine.
Carpets of snowdrops are laid out before you, much like the train on a wedding dress. A bridal spectacular indeed. In the middle, as you enter the grounds through the gatehouse, stand the remains of the Priory, standing tall and proud. This was built in 1153, but now essentially just the East Window remains. Read more about the Abbey Grounds and Friary here. Wander past this into the woodland walks and a magical world unfolds. I could imagine pixies and fairies popping up and picture myself in the middle of my favourite fairy story! Walk past the twin Holy Wells, under bridges, past upended tree roots, river walks along Stiffkey river and all surrounded by every variety of snowdrop imaginable. Entry details to Walsingham Abbey can be found here.
Walking and fresh air builds up an appetite of course, so we found Norton’s cafe bar, attached to Our Lady of Walsingham, an Anglican Shrine. To warm ourselves up we enjoyed homemade Potato and Leek soup with homemade bread. Absolutely delicious! They offer light lunches, drinks and what looked like some delicious cakes, although we didn’t avail ourselves this time!
We then walked around the village, admiring Medieval timber-framed houses, Georgian buildings and facades alongside some modern builds. You can visit the Shirehall Museum which is included in the ticket price to the Abbey grounds. There wasn’t enough hours in the day to explore all that Walsingham offers!
Round the corner we then found Walsingham farm shop and The Chocolate Deli. Read this blog to find out all about them.