Picnic by the river

Picnic area by the ford at Glandford, North Norfolk
Picnic area by the ford at Glandford, North Norfolk

Today I was out riding my bike and came across this sign for a picnic area beside the beautiful ford at Glandford.  It is a meadow beside the River Glaven, with several big logs cut to serve as benches and tables.   We’ve always loved this spot, but never noticed the picnic area before.  I wonder if perhaps it is a new endeavour of the nice people at the Wildflower Centre, just upriver, who maintain nature trails around here?

The Glaven is a clear, cold, clean river and the whole valley is made lush by its waters.  If you stand on the footbridge overlooking the ford either North towards Cley or South to Letheringsett, particularly on a late summer evening around harvest time, you are rewarded with idyllic rural scenes in all directions.

We’re already planning a future riparian picnic here on a warm spring day.

The turning for the ford is opposite the Art Cafe (one of our favourite places).  Follow the road down, past Sir Alfred Jodrell’s Shell Museum (worth a visit if you like eccentric endeavours) on the right.  You’ll see the ford ahead.  Unless you know what you’re doing and are properly equipped for off-roading, I’d recommend heeding the sign about it being ‘Unsuitable for motors’.  It is deep in places and the river bed is very loose rocks.  There is parking before the ford, and you can cross the little bridge on foot to find the picnic area in the meadow on the right.


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