Norfolk’s not renowned for its aerial views, but that’s not the case at National Trust Sheringham Park where the gazebo has reopened after structural work, as well as two smaller viewing towers in the wild garden.
Sheringham Park is on the Cromer Ridge, which is the highest point in the East of England with a sea view.
The gazebo, located at the top of Oak Wood behind Sheringham Hall, was officially opened by HRH The Prince of Wales on 20 March 1988. It was not a feature of Humphry Repton’s original design for the park.
Offering extensive views over the oak tree canopy to the sea and along the Norfolk coast, the Gazebo is worth the climb, which includes over 115 hillside steps and 60 steps up the tower.
On a clear day, the views stretch from the seaside town of Sheringham in the east to the villages of Weybourne and Wells-next-the-Sea in the west.
Trains can often be seen on the Poppy Line of the North Norfolk Railway as they run through the northern end of Sheringham Park.
The gazebo is a good place to look out for purple hairstreak (Favonius quercus) butterflies, which feed on honeydew in the oak leaf canopy over the summer months.
General Manager Ella Akinlade said: ‘It is wonderful that this highlight of Sheringham Park is open to visitors once again. The birds-eye views from the top give a different perspective of the rolling Humphry Repton landscape below.’