Q – Quags (Kelling)

By webcoreadmin On April 19, 2014 · Add Comment · Q – Quags (Kelling)

Kelling Quags

Noun 1. quag - a soft wet area of low-lying land that sinks underfootquag – a soft wet area of low-lying land that sinks underfoot

bogpeat bog – wet spongy ground of decomposing vegetation; has poorer drainage than a swamp; soil is unfit for cultivation but can be cut and dried and used for fuel


Back in November I found this area of unusual, well for me anyway, interest. The idea came form a library book from the North Walsham library and was the basis of this blog I wrote at that time Kelling Quags.

 With not many ideas for the A to Z Challenge coming to mind beginning with the letter Q I decided to take the soft option and re-visit Kelling.
A fine day bright and breezy and I know the route now meant no real problems with this one, except the pack lunch was forgotten!
It is a lovely walk with a couple of steep climbs, one up the shingle that forms the sea defence and a second up to a small ridge which runs along the border of The Muckleburgh Military collection and a small private airfield. An easy circular walk of maybe three miles.

The Way Pay
The Way Pay


A gentle stroll along this bubbling stream for approximately half a mile brings the first of the quags into  view.


Kelling Quags
Kelling Quags

The ridge behind the lake/quag is the border of the Muckleburgh Military Collection. The lakes on this occasion weren’t revealing much, an old boy with a telescope that could be used for space research said there was nothing moving, well if he couldn’t see them…

A clear view onto the reserve
A clear view onto the reserve


The reserve was established as a site of special interest and then subsumed into the North Norfolk Coastal  Site of Specific interest in 1986


As there was little of interest to see on the reserve, Muckleburgh became the main point of interest, the  perimeter fence follows an air strip that can be used for light aircraft, there is a hut not unlike those you see  on building sites saying all pilots must check in.

Following this fence you can do a perfect loop around and above the Quags and around the bordering  farmland.

Furrowed field
Furrowed field


The furrows on this field really do look like a work of art. There is a lot of art in this area, The Old Reading  Room has local art adorning it walls it also sells lots of chintzy things, books and luckily lunch too. The Old  Reading Room doesn’t, however, allow you to take photographs, but it is rather pleasant spot to while away  an hour.




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