Walking at Blickling
There's much more to Blickling than its famous house. The estate covers 4,777 acres, and includes 950 acres of woodland and parkland, and 3,500 acres of farmland. Visitors have access to much of this land and you can walk across historic countryside using three waymarked routes of between 2 and 5 miles. The estate also connects with other national paths, including the Weavers' Way.
With the outbreak of the Second World War large areas of the park were put to the plough as part of the Dig for Victory initiative. At the end of the war cultivation continued on a more limited basis while the remainder was returned to grass or planted up with quick-growing conifers. These trees are now being replaced in a concerted effort to return the parkland to its pre-war splendour.
As you walk or cycle through the wooded areas of the estate you're sure to be impressed by the variety and magnificence of the trees. Don't miss the Mausoleum and keep an eye open for deer. If you're here in April and May, look for bluebells too.
Traditionally the harvests from the farms on the estate supported the great house. They now have a wider market as, for example, the potato crop is turned into crisps only a few miles from the farm. In addition to growing the arable crops for which East Anglia is famous, the tenant farmers breed cattle which add life to the panoramic vistas set against the wide Norfolk skies.
Hire a bike, or bring your own
Biking around the estate is one of the best ways to get closer to nature and see the historic landscape.
We've got several waymarked routes through the park. If you're feeling energetic, try the Sustrans regional route 33, which takes you from Aylsham market place, through Itteringham to Felbrigg Hall, a distance of about 14 miles.
Baseline Sporting Opportunities are operating cycle hire for our visitors this year, as well as segways. They are a local company specialising in outdoor sporting, and we are excited to be working in partnership with them to expand the outdoor activities we offer.
Call 01603 898839 for further details.
The Ranger Team, who look after this wonderful estate, is headed up by Head Ranger Dave Brady. It would be impossible to conserve this historic parkland without a loyal band of committed volunteers.
Why not join them for one of their walks through the estate and find out more about their work and the beautiful countryside.
Fishing on the lake
People of all ages and abilities can fish in our well-stocked lake.
The fishing season will re-open on 16 June, and will run from 7am until dusk each day. Bring your rod and just settle yourself down - our team of countryside rangers and volunteers will come and collect your payment. Adults £7 (max. two rods), children £5.
For more information, please contact the head ranger on 01263 731994.