Quiet spaces in the East of England

In our increasingly technology driven lives it can be refreshing to switch off from today’s noisy world. Tranquil gardens, little known beauty spots and paths off the beaten track can all offer a little peace for those wanting to escape for a little quiet contemplation.

Blakeney Point in the Autumn sunlight showing lots of golden reds and browns

Blakeney Point, Norfolk 

Walking along the coast to Blakeney Point is certainly not without its challenges! The shingle beach stretches for a few miles before you finally arrive at your destination (and don’t forget you’ve got the walk back again). But for those who enjoy the calmness of the crashing waves on the shoreline, you won't encounter too many people on this walk.

Bourne Mill

Bourne Mill, Essex 

For many people there seems to be something rather calming about being close to water. With the stillness of the millpond and sound of the babbling stream at Bourne Mill, the tranquil surroundings will hopefully provide you with a place to enjoy the peace and quiet.

River Deben below Kyson Hill

Kyson Hill, Suffolk 

Not many people know that we care for Kyson Hill near Woodbridge. A quiet area of countryside not far from the coastal path, here you can sit and enjoy the view of the River Deben and listen to the sound of the sails from boats clattering in the breeze.

View through the Herbaceous border

Melford Hall, Suffolk 

Situated in the picturesque village of Long Melford, it’s fair to say that Melford Hall has a homely atmosphere about it, probably because the Hyde Parker family still live here. Tucked behind the high brick walls lies a tranquil garden, perfect for stretching out on a blanket and watching the world pass you by.

A grandmother and granddaughter sitting on a bench under a tree

Oxburgh Hall, Norfolk 

Oxburgh Hall is one of Norfolk’s hidden gems. On a sunny day why not find a quiet corner in the garden with the hall as your backdrop and watch the clouds pass overhead? Or find yourself a spot under a shady tree and listen to the flow of the water in the River Gadder.

Family walking in the garden at Paycocke's

Paycocke's, Essex 

Our volunteers have worked green fingered miracles to create a garden that’s worth enjoying at Paycocke’s in Coggeshall. It’s the perfect picnic spot and tucked away at the back of the house, the lawn stretches further than you think, perfect for finding that quiet corner to rest for a while.

Peckover House & Garden

Peckover House & Garden, Cambridgeshire 

Behind the garden walls of Peckover House, lies a hidden oasis. As followers of the Quaker Faith, quiet contemplation was an essential part of the lives of the Peckover family. Head along the wilderness walk, a secret path bordered by mature trees, shrubs and perennials, where you’ll be sure to find a quiet spot.

The garden at Shaw's Corner, with the house in the distance

Shaw's Corner, Hertfordshire 

Home to the playwright, politician, philosopher and wit George Bernard Shaw, Shaw's Corner is very much still as he left it. Enjoy the beautiful Arts and Crafts interiors and outside, the tranquil gardens are a restorative and relaxing place to pass the time.

Wicken Fen - Walkers on the boardwalk trail

Wicken Fen, Cambridgeshire 

How about switching off and tuning into some birdsong? There are many walks that can be enjoyed around the nature reserve at Wicken Fen. Why not sit for a while in one of the bird hides and quietly watch and listen out for the birds that are either residents or visiting the reserve?

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