Out & About

Things to do and see in the local area:

College Farm is well situated as a base for visiting Norfolk’s many attractions including historic houses and gardens, bird watching reserves, beaches and towns.

Norfolk coast - 30 to 40 miles
Norwich - 20 miles
Cambridge - 45 miles
Sandringham - 30 miles
Bury St Edmunds - 20 miles

We are located in the heart of the Brecks - a vast stretch of landscape spread across Suffolk and South Norfolk. It's one of the driest areas of England and best known for its wild forests, craggy heaths, twisted Scots pines and rare wildlife. There are plenty of historic sites to visit around here, including the prehistoric flint mines at Grime's Graves. College Farm sits right next to Peddar's Way, making it an ideal stopover for anyone walking or riding along the ancient route.

Breckland is one of the few areas in the country where pingos are found. The word ‘pingo' comes from an Eskimo word meaning ‘hill'.

Pingo ponds were formed when ice mounds in the topsoil finally melted and collapsed to form irregular pools at the end of the last Ice Age. Most pingo ponds in the UK have been ploughed up and lost but three pingo systems remain in the Brecks - the best place to see them today is Thompson Common, which is open to the public and adjoins College Farm. Thompson Common is a Site of Special Scientific Interest and dogs are not allowed on the Common in order to protect the rare fauna and flora.

Thompson Water, now run by the Norfolk Wildlife Trust, is a lake created in 1854 on the site of Sandwade Fen, a peat common. Thompson Water is circled by a number of pretty wooded walks starting from College Farm.

Thetford Forest is nearby and the market towns of Thetford, Attleborough, Watton, Swaffham and Dereham are also within easy driving distance.