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“Glorious countryside with valuable information!” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of High Ash Farm

High Ash Farm
Norwich
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31 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Glorious countryside with valuable information!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 1, 2014

We go several times a year and love it more each time. It's hard to believe this amenity is so close to Norwich and so diverse.
With grandchildren who love nature and a daughter and son-in-law who have less free time than they'd like, at every opportunity we hop in the car, pack a picnic, binoculars and cameras a "must" and head for Caister.
Today was no exception. The weather was glorious and wild flowers in abundance. I challenge anyone to find more beautiful vistas and informative plaques.
Especially lovely are the phacelias and sainfoin, clover and barley at this time of year.
No wonder the wildlife abounds.
Well done to Chris Skinner and English Nature who've done such a fine job for us and future generations.
If you haven't been - any time of year is wonderful, but June wins my vote.

Visited June 2014
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English first
Norwich, United Kingdom
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111 reviews
48 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 105 helpful votes
“What a Beautiful, Peaceful Place!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 28, 2013

This is a lovely farm now largely turned over to wildlife crops, with wide grassy paths kept mown so the public can enjoy Chris Skinner's permissive paths, and join up with the Boudicca Way if they so wish too.

An oasis of calm just outside Norwich, parking is easy and free next to Caistor St Edmund church and Venta Icenorum (site of a Roman town). Take care crossing the road, then through the gate onto Chris's land to enjoy a peacful walk through rolling fields and paddocks with horses. Dogs should be kept on leads to avoid disturbing the wildlife Chris and Daniel have worked so hard to encourage and foster, and horses are regularly ridden on the land too - walkers should always pay attention wherever they are, so this should not be a problem.

Lovely touches such as signs explaining the land use and showing the way, plus many seats carved from fallen oaks. Barn owls, tawny owls, little owls, pheasant, partridge, hares, deer, foxes and badgers all live peacefully here at High Ash Farm and can be seen regularly - we thoroughly enjoyed taking our two dogs here this morning, and look forward to returning in a couple of months to see how the wildflower meadows are progressing.

Someone else mentioned the lack of dog poo bins - I would echo that. Our two "produced" pretty early in the walk, we bagged it and left it under the hedge to be collected on our way back - far better than carrying it for over 3 miles! We were then able to dispose of it in a bin in the car park, which wasn't too much aggravation. On a personal note, I was busting for the loo myself by the time we got back, but I don't know how/where public loos could be provided without spoiling the feeling and look of the place.

To learn more about Chris and the Farm, plus learn a fraction of his encyclopaedic knowledge of the local wildlife, try to tune in to BBC Radio Norfolk at 6pm on Mondays for an hour - this programme was the inspiration for our visit today... and we were not disappointed! Thank you Chris and all on the Farm, for allowing everyone to enjoy what you love so much.

Visited April 2013
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Norfolk UK
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23 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“New year day walk.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 24, 2013

This is a wonderful area a few miles from Norwich city centre, and the land owner has set this land aside, for Nature Conversation, Route clearly marked, wide and well maintaned. (Permissive Open Access).
Opposite you can Visit the Venta Icenorum, Roman Town Walls, Burial Ground etc., down into the river Valley, and part of the Boudicca Way, which you can Walk, from Norwich Rail Stn. if you are keen!
Boudicca way is a 36 mile route for walkers, from Norwich to Diss, taking in Flora, Forna, Rural Conversation areas, Sites of Archilogical Interest, and Several of Norfolks Quant villages, with Pubs and Restaurants, with all facilities, and there own unique History, for you to enjoy......

Visited January 2013
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14 reviews
10 attraction reviews
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“Great farm walks”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 14, 2012 via mobile

Decided to visit High Ash Farm for a dog walk after reading about it in the Edp. Free parking at the Roman fort then cross the busy road into High Ash Farm. There is a map just as you enter so you can see the different paths you are permitted to use. The paths are wide and well kept and there are information boards along the way. A dog poo bin is situated in the car park if you need one. Overall a well kept place to visit in beautiful Norfolk countryside.

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Norwich, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Lovely”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 30, 2012

The walks on High Ash farm are a wonderful place to spend a few hours. A great deal of effort has gone in to making the walks interesting and user friendly. Walks are all clearly marked with the occasionally strategically located bench along the way. Lots of wildlife to see, and boards are found along the way with information about the flora and fauna. Dogs on leads for obvious reasons, but could do with a doggie bin or two which was lacking.

Visited August 2012
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