The Local Area
Located in the heart of Norfolk and surrounded by rolling countryside, the beautiful town of Reepham nestles between the Wensum and Bure Valleys.
Boasting Market Town status since 1277, Reepham is a picturesque place to visit, with its charming central Market Place, designated a conservation area.
The town’s rich heritage, including a mention in the Domesday Book, is steeped in history. Once boasting three churches on the same site, Reepham was one of only two places in Europe to do so. While two still stand, the third church has been a ruin since 1543, with only a fragment now remaining. In medieval times, Reepham Church was an important place of pilgrimage, with many travelling to visit the image of Our Lady of Reepham.
Today, the town’s heritage is reflected in the attractive 18th Century houses surrounding the Market Place, many of which showcase a striking Flemish influence. A regular market still takes place on Wednesdays and the town offers a range of intriguing shops to browse. From wholesome home-cooking to good pub grub, Reepham also offers plenty to tempt the taste buds.
The town of Reepham offers an ideal base from which to explore the county, either nearby or further afield.
The town itself, once had two working railway stations. Today, the railway track bed forms the Marriott’s Way, a long distance footpath and bridleway between Norwich and Alysham, along which both the former stations make notable stops.
The former Reepham Station offers shopping opportunities and a tearoom, while one mile west from Reepham, Whitwell Station resurrects the romance of rail. Developing as a Heritage Railway Site, the Station operates a working railway, running steam and diesel engines on the line. Also open for refreshments and boasting a licensed bar, the Whitwell and Reepham Railway is well worth a visit.
Whitwell Station offer cycle hire for those wishing to explore the miles of the Marriott’s Way. As part of the National Cycle Network Route 1, the Marriott’s Way is a popular destination for both novice and experienced cyclists alike.
Reepham also boasts a well-attended running club. The Reepham Runners meet regularly and always welcome guest runners to join them. Whether riding, running or walking, the Marriott’s Way cuts through the Norfolk countryside, weaving a safe, rural, and traffic-free route, surrounded by quiet country lanes.
From picturesque neighbouring villages or the Cathedral City of Norwich to the stunning beaches along the Norfolk coastline, Reepham is within easy access of a range of renowned places of interest.
Take a trip to one of the nearby National Trust’s stunning estates. Blickling, Felbrigg and Sheringham are all within easy access and offer much to see and do. Enjoy the woodland walks and vast coastal vistas of Sheringham Park or head to Felbrigg’s elegant Hall. While nearby, Blickling boasts its beautiful house with acres of park and woodland to explore.
Make the most of the scenic countryside and take a walk to the picturesque villages of Booton or Heydon. With one of the most intriguing churches in Norfolk, Booton is a short walk from the centre of Reepham. Approximately four miles away, the village of Heydon boasts a Grade I Elizabethan Hall, overlooking beautiful parkland. This pretty, privately-owned village has often played host to film crews, tempted by its unspoilt cluster of cottages, the Earle Arms pub and the traditional Heydon Village Tea Shop, set around the Village Green.