Blickling Estate Walk

Start: Blickling National Trust car park

Finish: Blickling National Trust car park

Length: 3.3 miles 5.32 km

Weather: Overcast

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The Blickling estate has 950 acres of woodland and parkland to enjoy and is the landscape of Anne Boleyn's childhood.

This was based on a walk from The AA No Through Roads book. We did it in reverse and opted to walk around the top of Great Wood instead of along the lane. We also combined it with a visit to the house and it's extensive gardens.

 

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We parked in the National Trust car park which is free for members. At the start of the walk you pass the Buckinghamshire Arms, a 17th-century coaching inn.

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You also pass by the Blacksmith's Cottage on your left. This is one of the few remaining thatched dwellings on the Blickling Estate. The National Trust lets it as holiday accommodation.

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Soon after you pass through the white gates and into the park.

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Shortly after the gates, take the left fork.

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Built in the 1770s, the Tower (off in the distance) was built for watching horse racing in Tower Park.

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A Meadow Brown butterfly.

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Once in the Great Wood, my eagle-eyed daughter spotted this little critter on the path. She has an eye for these things and spotted a lizard on another walk: Paglesham Walk Link

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Leave the wood and walk across a field to meet Carr Lane, where you turn right.

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Walk for a short distance along the lane until you get to this sign, on your right, just past some farm buildings.

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A Gatekeeper butterfly.

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Follow the footpath across a few fields until it takes you back into Blickling Park.

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The hall was built between 1619 and 1627. The same architect had built Hatfield House 12 years earlier. It is said that on each anniversary of the execution of Anne Boleyn, May 19, she rides up to the hall, her head in her lap, in a coach drawn by a headless horse and a headless coachman. The National Trust guides were a bit sceptical about this being true.

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