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July's hidden gem - Reepham

Written by Georgia Dawson on

Reepham, Norfolk

Our hidden gem for July is Reepham.

Just 14 miles from Norwich and 17 miles from the coast, the wonderful market town of Reepham is nestled within the gorgeous Norfolk countryside. Perfect for walking and cycling, Reepham is a designated conservation area. Reepham is ideally located for exploring the beautiful Norfolk countryside and the breath-taking Norfolk coast, with both within a short drive.

Birthplace of Norfolk Cottages, Reepham has been a market town since 1277 when Sir John de Vaux obtained a charter from King Edward I. Today, Reepham market is a conservation area and holds a country market every Wednesday morning, as well as regular antiques fairs. Beautiful 18th Century buildings border the market and line the streets of the town. Reepham is surrounded by gorgeous countryside and the town is home to cute shops, a 16th Century pub and delicious places to eat.

Situated just behind the Reepham market place stand three churches who share one churchyard. The three sisters in the town sign allegedly represent the ladies who built the churches. The three churches of Reepham are St Mary’s, which is still used for worship on a regular basis, St Michael’s, Whitwell, which is currently used as a community hall and also for worship, and the remains of All Saints, Hackford. All Saints, Hackford was burnt down on 18th April 1543 in the great fire of Reepham. It is thought to have been an accident, however at the time of the fire the Church of England was breaking away from the Roman Catholic Church.

Reepham lies between section 3 and 4 of the Marriott’s Way trail. Marriott’s Way is a 26 mile footpath and cycle path which follows the beautiful route of two retired train lines. The path runs between the market town of Aylsham and the city of Norwich. 

Section 3 of Marriott’s Way guides you around Whitwell, Reepham and The Themelthorpe Loop. This walk is 5.5 miles around the loop, however can shortened by taking the Reepham Link Path which takes you through the market town. This route is 1.5 miles. This section is the muddiest of the Marriott’s Way, taking you through gorgeous open farmland, rich in plants and wildlife. Places of interest on this section of the journey is the old Reepham Station, which is now a café, and the Whitwell Station, which is a station museum. 

Section 4 takes you from Reepham to Aylsham. The path follows the old Great Eastern line, which ran from Wroxham to near Dereham, passing through Reepham and Aylsham. The train line closed to passengers in 1952. With vast fields and open skies, Section 4 of Marriott’s Way is a wonderful route to take on a summer’s afternoon..

Reepham properties

3 Church Street

Sleeping three, this comfortable, cosy cottage is situated in the heart of Reepham, nestled just behind the old churches of Reepham market square. 3 Church Street is a well-equipped bolt hole, perfect for exploring the countryside.

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Old Oaks Cottage

Old Oaks Cottage is a beautifully renovated Victorian farm cottage, sleeping three. With daily access to the owner’s outdoor heated pool and hot tub, this holiday home offers an elegant retreat from a busy world.

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Eades Mill

This unusual 200-year-old rustic mill is located directly over the mill stream and boasts beautiful views over the surrounding Reepham countryside. Sleeping eight, this holiday home is perfect for a large family or group of friends.

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Georgia Dawson

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