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Thursday, August 29, 2013
A former shooting area in north Norfolk has made it onto the list of top 10 secret walks in Britain.
Sparrow Dale in Sheringham Park, a valley filled with large conifer trees, was chosen by the National Trust as one of the best undiscovered places to visit ahead of its annual Great British Walk.
The event, in its third year, will take place between Sunday, September 1 and Sunday, November 3.
National Trust sites, including Sheringham Park, will be hosting a range of free rambles and talks in a bid to promote walking.
Other secret walks on the trust’s list included Malham Waterfall in the Yorkshire Dales and a path to the South Foreland Lighthouse on the White Cliffs of Dover.
Malcolm Fisher, visitor services manager for Sheringham Park, said: “It is fantastic for a relatively small National Trust property to be chosen as one of the top 10 walks. It shows the variety of walks we have here.”
Sparrow Dale is about half a mile long and attracts butterflies, Britain’s smallest bird the firecrest, insects and buzzards.
Conifer trees were originally planted in the valley 120 years ago for the Upcher family, who owned the estate from 1811 to 1985, to encourage birds into the area for shooting parties.
The 1,000-acre estate which includes parkland, heathland and a view from the cliffs, was sold to the National Trust in 1986. It now attracts between 200,000 and 250,000 visitors each year.
For more information about Great British Walks at Sheringham Park and to book visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/sheringham-park or call 0844 2491895.
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