14th September saw us taking the bus into Norwich, and out again to Norfolk’s second highest place (Upper Stoke/Poringland) from which “high place” we walked down to the village in the valley. Shotesham. Now to resume the walk
In long ages past Shotesham comprised four parishes, each with its own parish church (the first two photos I took on a previous visit)
St Martins (another ruin) and St Mary’s. Of the four, only St Mary’s and All Saints are now in use
We stop by the village pond to rest awhile…
Then it’s off along a wooded trail to a magical woodland pool…
And out the other side…
We’re soon back into cow-country!
Saxlingham comprises two parishes: Nethergate and Thorpe. Nethergate meaning Low Street, one expects Thorpe to be “higher”. And so it was in long ages past. But when a watermill opened at the next village (Newton Flotman) the village migrated towards that potential employment.
A walk through Smockmill Common, Saxlingham Thorpe
Great Horsetails grow here, topping my height and more
The Tas, a river shared by the two villages: Saxlingham here, Newton over there
And now it’s time to catch the bus back. Hope you enjoyed our walk. For me, it was walking in the footprints of my Kemp ancestors