Explore: Gaywood Valley

Bawsey Ruins by Robin Stevenson 1/11
Dartmoor ponies by David North 2/11
Ancient oak by Robin Stevenson 3/11
NWT Roydon Common by Richard Osbourne 4/11
Redmount by Robin Stevenson 5/11
Gaywood River by Robin Stevenson 6/11
The Walks by Robin Stevenson 7/11
Grimston Warren by Mike McFarlane 8/11
Bluebells at Reffley Wood by Robin Stevenson 9/11
Gaywood River by Robin Stevenson 10/11
Bawsey Ruins by Robin Stevenson 11/11
Directly to the east of King’s Lynn, the beautiful countryside of the Gaywood Valley is easily accessible with many of its most interesting wild places freely open for you to explore and enjoy. From the wide spaces of its heathlands, its tranquil lakes (once former sand pits), deep-shaded woods, ancient ruins, quaint old villages, to its urban nature walks, there are miles of footpaths and bridleways that criss-cross this big-skied West Norfolk landscape.
The Gaywood’s flora and fauna is often very accessible too – from the early spring displays of sun-tinted woodland primroses to autumn extravaganzas of flowering heathland heather. In winter rare birds of prey – hen harriers and merlins – roost on NWT Roydon Common, replaced in summer by strange, nocturnal nightjars and serenading woodlarks. Dragonflies dart around the damp pockets of fen mire, while adders bask on sun-heated paths.
There’s really no excuse for not getting outside and enjoying the natural gems the Gaywood Valley has to offer; this Explore section will help to introduce you to its charms.

These walks were produced by Norfolk Wildlife Trust. A great deal of care has gone into the production of these walk routes, but the people involved in the design of these walks cannot accept any responsibility for the misinterpretation  of the walk description or route condition, nor for any accidents resulting from this walk.

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Landscape walks
There are countless quiet corners of the Gaywood Valley Living Landscape to explore.
Where to go
By using this interactive map explore the Gaywood Valley Living Landscape.
Wildlife seasons
Whichever time of year you visit there’s always something different to see.

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