Out & About

Things to do and see in the local area:

College Farm is well located as a base for visiting Norfolk’s many attractions including historic houses and gardens, beaches and towns, and bird watching reserves. We are located next to Peddar's Way and College Farm is ideal as a stopover for anyone walking or riding along Peddar's Way.

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

South Norfolk has a distinct landscape, characterised by the Brecks - mixed forest and heath - and is one of the driest areas in England. There are many historic sites to visit in Breckland, including Grime's Graves, flint mines from 5,000 years ago.

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

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 has pretty wooded walks around it and is an easy walk to do starting from College Farm.