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Where to see snowdrops in Norfolk: 9 of the best places

PUBLISHED: 09:30 06 February 2018 | UPDATED: 10:35 06 February 2018

Here's where to see snowdrops in Norfolk (Richard Seely, Flickr, CC BY-NC 2.0)

Here's where to see snowdrops in Norfolk (Richard Seely, Flickr, CC BY-NC 2.0)

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Going on a snowdrop walk is the perfect way to welcome spring. These little white flowers are symbolic of new life for the year and are truly inspirational to see. We pick 9 of Norfolk’s prettiest snowdrop walks

1. Horstead House

Seventeenth century country property, Horstead House, is nestled in pretty woodland which is carpeted in winter flora during the colder months, with snowdrops pushing their way through in early spring.

The Bure River runs through the walled garden, which will be open for one day for the National Garden Scheme’s Snowdrop Festival this year. The woodland is a perfect place to take a walk to welcome the spring.

The garden at Horstead House will be open on Saturday 17th February from 11am to 4pm and admission will cost £4 with refreshments available in aid of Horstead Church. Click here for contact information

2. Bagthorpe Hall, nr Bircham, King’s Lynn

A walk around the grounds of the country house B&B, Bagthorpe Hall, this February will leave you refreshed and inspired by the little white snowdrops pushing through the hard, late winter ground before wandering through the gardens.

After a relaxing stroll around the grounds, you can even warm up with tea or a bowl of soup made with vegetables grown on the farm.

Bagthorpe Hall will be open Sunday 25th February and admission will be £4

3. Walsingham Abbey

The historical Walsingham Abbey, dating back to the 11th century, is surrounded by an 18-acre woodland. The two villages, Little Walsingham and Great Walsingham, are packed with fascinating historic buildings and the medieval Walsingham Priory is a popular pilgrimage site.

There will be different varieties of snowdrops to see including some rarer flowers to spot.

Walsingham Abbey will be open from Saturday 27th January to Sunday 4th March from 10am to 4pm. Admission is £5 for adults and £2.50 for children (age 6 to 16)

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4. Oxburgh Hall, Oxborough

Located in the village of Oxborough is the 15th-century moated stately home Oxburgh Hall. There are manicured formal walled gardens, an orchard and woodland to explore, which will be blooming with snowdrops in February.

The gardens and tearoom will be open on the weekend of 3rd and 4th February then from 10th February, the house, gardens and tearoom will all be open daily.

Tickets for the garden and estate only are £6.10 for adults and £3.05 for children and for the house and garden are £10.90 for adults and £5.45 for children

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5. Blickling Estate

The National Trust-owned Blickling Estate is comprised of the grand country house, built on the ruins of an older property in the early 17th century, and its extensive grounds that includes 500 acres of woodland, 450 acres parkland and 3,500 acres of farmland.

The woodland is dotted with clusters of pretty snowdrops at the end of winter, the perfect accompaniments for a tranquil walk.

The house, garden, park and café are all open during February, with the park open dawn to dusk for snowdrop walks. Please check the website for full opening times and prices

6. Chestnut Farm, West Beckham, Holt

The garden at Chestnut Farm in the village of West Beckham, home to “a lifetime’s collection of plants” is three acres in size and boasts over 90 varieties of snowdrop during the season.

When visiting the garden, make sure to spot the garden sculpture by local blacksmith Toby Winterbourne, which will be on display.

Chestnut Farm garden will be open Sunday 25th February and Sunday 4th March from 11am to 4pm. Admission is £5 and light refreshments are available. The farm will welcome visitors in groups of 10 to 40 by arrangement from February to August with refreshments on request, and admission will be £5

7. Raveningham Estate

Located in a vast and stunning 5,500 acres of South Norfolk countryside is Raveningham Hall, the mid 18th century, Grad II* listed country estate that has been home to the Bacon family since 1735.

From Thursday 1st February, snowdrop season begins and continues throughout the month, encouraging visitors to view the stunning bed of snow-white flowers that carpets the estate. After your snowdrop walk, duck into the tea room for tea and cake or a warming bowl of soup.

The Raveningham Estate is open throughout February (closed Saturdays), 11am to 4pm. Guided snowdrop tours can be taken on Sunday 11th February at 11.30am and 2.30pm, call 01508 548152 to book

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8. Lexham Estate, nr Swaffham

The private estate of the Grade II listed Lexham Hall is home to rolling parkland that includes a lake and river.

The park will be open specially for snowdrop walks on two days in aid of two charities. Sunday 11th February’s walk will be in aid of two churches: St Andrews in East Lexham and All Saints in Litcham. The walk on Sunday 18th February will be in aid of the Norfolk & Norwich Association for the Blind.

Walks will take place from 11am to 4pm and admission will cost £6 for adults and free for under 16s. Dogs are allowed on leads and there will be homemade refreshments available

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