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Seven Natural Wonders of Norfolk

Seven Natural Wonders - Blakeney Point

7 January 2017

Managed by the National Trust since 1912 and within the North Norfolk Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Blakeney Point is a 4-mile spit of flint-derived shingle and sand dunes, created by longshore drift across the River Glaven - an ideal environment for seals and bird life.

Seven Natural Wonders - Cromer Forest Bed

7 January 2017

The Cromer Forest Bed Formation, aged between 500,000 and 2 million-years-old and stretching from Weybourne on the north Norfolk coast to Kessingland in north Suffolk, is rich in fossils, including the 650,000-year-old West Runton Mammoth, a 500,000 year old flint axe and the 850,000 year old footprints of early man – the first humans to enter Britain.

Seven Natural Wonders - Cromer Ridge

7 January 2017

You do wonder if Noel Coward had ever visited the county when he wrote in his play Private Lives: ‘Very flat, Norfolk’. Anyone who has walked or cycled on the Cromer Ridge will know otherwise! The ridge is the highest area of East Anglia at over 100 metres, is 8.7 miles long, and is characterised by its irregular and undulating wooded topography and substantial areas of heather in the west.

Seven Natural Wonders - Flint

7 January 2017

Flint is an inescapable and indelible part of Norfolk’s history and landscape. Found naturally in chalk, with layers in various shapes and sizes, flint is almost pure silica, but any impurities give different colours: brown field flints eroded from the chalk around Fakenham; black flint around Thetford and Swaffham; chalk-covered grey flints north of North Walsham; light grey around Holt; rounded beach flints near Wells-next-the-Sea, Sheringham and Cromer.

Seven Natural Wonders - Great Chalk Reef

7 January 2017

Dubbed ‘Britain’s Great Barrier Reef’ the Cromer Shoals Chalk Bed, created when dinosaurs ruled the earth, has been found to be the longest in the world – and it’s so close to the shore you could skim a stone out to it. At over 20 miles long, the 100-million-year-old reef is one-and-a-half times longer than the Thanet Coast chalk reef in Kent, the former record holder.

Seven Natural Wonders - River Wensum

7 January 2017

In the country’s driest and flattest county you’ll find a series of spring-fed chalk rivers that are a fertile home for birds, plants, insects, mammals and fish. They rise in woods and water meadows, the chalk made of billions upon billions of microscopic, single cell sea creatures called coccoliths. And the greatest of these rivers is the Wensum...

Seven Natural Wonders - The Brecks

7 January 2017

Described by Charles Dickens as ‘barren’ in David Copperfield, and by an observer in the 1760s as ‘sand, and scattered gravel, without the least vegetation; a mere African desert’, the Brecks looks very different now to most of its history. The word Breck is medieval, meaning an area of sandy heathland and gorse that was broken up for farmland and then allowed to revert to wilderness once the soil was exhausted.

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