If you ask anyone to say what is in a typical English village there's a pretty good chance someone will mention churches. We have thousands of amazing churches, from tiny rural churches to magnificent chatherdrals. The Churches Conservation Trust is the national charity protecting churches at risk, a quick look at their website shows how truly wonderful many of them are. We're working with the Trust to encourage more people to visit churches. Our idea, of course, involves creating walks based at the church but taking in other local attractions so you can have a full day out, or at least a couple of hours of enjoyment.
St Peter's is the guardian of an ancient tradition. Every day at 8pm, the curfew bell rings out, signalling that the townspeople should cover their fires to make them safe for the night. This was once known as the 'pigbell’, as it also informed people they could release their animals into the street. We've created 5 walks from the Church, from a short one showing how to get there from the railway station, to a 4.5 mile long one taking you to the sea via the river and the golf course and back.
St John Maddermarket is a handsome 500 year old church. It was built in the 15th-century when Norwich was one of the wealthiest cities of Europe. Squeezed ingeniously into a cramped site, St John’s is rather oddly proportioned, being almost as wide as it is long. We've identified 6 walks from St Johns, including one to the bus station and one to the railway station for those of you who prefer to use public transport.
The first walk, 3.6 miles long, takes in seven local attractions so you can have a full day out visiting not only the church but also The Plantation Garden, Chapelfield Gardens, the market, The Lanes, Castle Musuem & Art Gallery, the Cathedral, and the Riverside & Cow Tower. If you fancy a longer walk you could try the river walk which takes in 2 pubs (just in case it rains of course!) and a nature reserve.
All of the walks can seen from the Visit Churches group page. You can also add your own church walks to the site and link to them from that page. After all ... given the weather we're having visiting somewhere with a roof seems like a very good idea !