C – is for Coltishall

By webcoreadmin On April 03, 2014 · Add Comment · C – is for Coltishall

Now here’s a thing, in the four years I have lived in North Norfolk I have never heard anyone say I’m going to Coltishall. A relative, a long term resident of the county brought to my attention, if you live in North East Norfolk and want to get out you have to cross the river. There are two points Wroxham with its quaint bridge that when you cross you are in well.. Wroxham, however, when you cross the bridge in Coltishall you are in Horstead. 


Turn left in the village centre and you are in Gt. Hautbois, and you can bet your mortgage that that is not pronounced as it is written!

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Gt Hautbois

This morning I set off to walk around Coltishall hoping for spring and getting a Saharan smog. A fifteen mile drive from the North Norfolk coast and easy parking in the village centre meant I was there in under half an hour. The first noticeable sign, Coltishall not twinned with but ‘This is a Community Speedwatch Village’ almost a statement that everyone is passing through going somewhere else.

You have a distinct feeling of triangulation as you stand in the village centre, the Broads off to the east, Norwich to the south and the market town of Aylsham to the west

The local garage adds to the feeling

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The petrol station in a triangulated cross road

then, wonderful surprises are to be found; there are food stores, a thatched butchers shop, an old fashioned pharmacy, bric-a-brac stalls, plant stalls and the essentials such as the post office.

Coltishall is the end of the navigable River Bure, there are beautiful broads cruisers tied up along side the water meadow on the outskirts of the village, “once a small port” the chap in the post office said, the end of the line or beginning for the old Wherry boats that ferried cargo up and down the river. It really is a pretty place when you stop to look. the parish church St John the Baptist with traditional Norfolk square tower and solid in stature, currently houses


a white dove nesting above the side entrance (left).  The main entrance below and the colourful pew cushions

St JohnsPew Cushionsmake for a welcoming and peaceful place to rest if you are out walking the many circular river walks available in the area. St Johns sits in green woodland and neighbours another village attraction;

delightful Norfolk Mead
Delightful Norfolk Mead

The Norfolk Mead hotel an up market contemporary affair set back from the road in woodland.

On today’s dinner menu they offer local fare, starters of;- Potted Rabbit, Scallops, Prawn & Crayfish and Local Pigeon breast.

Main courses of Guinea Fowl, Lamb & Pork for the carnivores Bass and Brill dishes for those who aren’t so sure and a Butternut Squash gnocchi for the vegetarians.

Alas it was nearer breakfast than Dinner so off I strolled on my merry way to check out the boats down by the river.

There weren’t a lot of cruisers tied up today, however, the expansive river front and the tidy Rising Sun pub give the feeling of a very busy place on a hot English summer afternoon

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The Rising Sun on the Bure

you can imagine the hubbub the picnics,  laughter, cricket, footballs and the cry of anyone for Pimms as the charter boats tie up alongside. Notably there are no boats for hire here, you have to head downstream to the more commercial centre of The Broads, Wroxham for those.

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a most enjoyable morning in Coltishall

Barn & Beach, heading back to the coast thinking of the letter ‘D’ tomorrow, tomorrow…..





3 thoughts on “C – is for Coltishall”

  1. Great theme – have to remember to find this every day now. Know Coltishall quite well… but not as well as Aylsham. Spent lot of time in area when I lived in Norwich and in-laws were in Burgh-next-Aylsham. Although in North Wales now, still a Canaries supporter + ancestors from Norfolk (Buxton/Gurney family). All the best with Challenge.

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