I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – Mother Nature is incredible. Every now and again she takes your breath away and lifts your mood. As we begin to say goodbye to winter and hello to spring, the days get lighter and new life is born. It’s all rather magical. A few weeks ago Hamish and I embarked on a staycation in the wonderful Norfolk Countryside. Before we checked into Reeds Barn for the night we embarked on a snowdrop walk at Walsingham Abbey. Prepare to be blown away…
Pots of stunning snowdrops and dazzling daffodils greeted us as we walked through the gatehouse to pay. We then headed down past the ruins of the west tower towards the giant, imposing east window arch. The sheer size of it blew me away, you could only imagine how big and grand the abbey used to be. The walled garden behind the east window arch still has the monks bath and it was here that I noticed one of the first little gnomes that are hidden along the snowdrop walk. We then crossed the pack-horse bridge and headed down the tree-lined path towards the dell.
The Dell itself was stunning. As we ducked under the dell gate a carpet of snowdrops surrounded by woodland appeared. It was so easy to leave the crowds behind here too. Our first stop was a creepy looking abandoned ice house, which was on the way to the turnstile and park view. This was stunning, there were rolling green fields as far as the eye could see. The sun was also starting to set and it cast a gorgeous golden light over the countryside.
The final part of the walk took us through the summer meadow and milking ground, down towards a church, footbridge and waterfall. By this point we had reached the glorious golden hour. The light bathed our wooded surroundings in sepia tones. The trickle of the water sounded oh so relaxing but by now we had begun to feel the February chill!
I still can’t over how beautiful the snowdrop walk at Walsingham Abbey was. It was absolutely breathtaking and well worth wrapping up and heading outside for. I’m not sure that these pictures do any justice if I’m honest. The sheer amount of snowdrops over the huge abbey grounds kind of blew my mind. Nature really is incredible.