10 things that make Dersingham the best village in Norfolk

Dersingham has been chosen as one of the UK's top 20 nicest villages. Picture: Ian Burt

Dersingham has been chosen as one of the UK's top 20 nicest villages. Picture: Ian Burt - Credit: Ian Burt

The scenic village of Dersingham was named in The Sunday Times top 20 best villages in Britain, ranking in at number nine. We look at 10 things which makes this north-west Norfolk town so special.

Sandringham House. Picture: Ian Burt

Sandringham House. Picture: Ian Burt

1. It is only a stone's throw away from Sandringham Estate - the rural retreat of the royal family. Take leisurely strolls through the picturesque Country Park.

Dersingham has been chosen as one of the UK's top 20 nicest villages. Picture: Ian Burt

Dersingham has been chosen as one of the UK's top 20 nicest villages. Picture: Ian Burt - Credit: Ian Burt

2. Dersingham is beaming with natural beauty. On a sunny day, take a walk through it's charming roads and admire the cobblestone buildings and floral sidewalks.

The Dersingham Bog nature reserve. Picture: Ian Burt

The Dersingham Bog nature reserve. Picture: Ian Burt - Credit: Ian Burt

3. Dersingham Bog nature reserve is the largest acid valley mire in East Anglia. It is a Site of Special Scientific Interest, inhabiting rare birds like Nightjars.

The Feathers pub and restaurant. Picture: Ian Burt

The Feathers pub and restaurant. Picture: Ian Burt - Credit: Ian Burt

4. Sip a pint in the beautiful beer gardens of The Feathers pub, a carrstone building once belonging to the Sandringham Estate and steeped in royal history.

Semba Trading Building Merchants at the old railway station in Dersingham. Picture: Ian Burt

Semba Trading Building Merchants at the old railway station in Dersingham. Picture: Ian Burt - Credit: Ian Burt


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5. Marvel at the gothic features of the old railway station, which now runs as a family-owned timber shop called Semba Trading.

Thaxters Garden Centre and Coffee Shop. Picture: Ian Burt

Thaxters Garden Centre and Coffee Shop. Picture: Ian Burt - Credit: Ian Burt

6. For green-fingered nature-lovers, Thaxters Garden Centre can fulfil all your gardening needs. Take a break with home-made cake in the adjoining coffee shop.

The Coach and Horses pub. Picture: Ian Burt

The Coach and Horses pub. Picture: Ian Burt - Credit: Ian Burt

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7. The Coach and Horses pub serves award-winning real ale for you to enjoy cosied up by the hearth or in the beer garden basking in the warmth.

Tropics Takeaway in Dersingham. Picture: Ian Burt

Tropics Takeaway in Dersingham. Picture: Ian Burt - Credit: Ian Burt

8. Tropics fast food takeaway offers a hog roast on their diverse menu, from traditional fish and chips to that guilt-free late-night kebab.

The Dersingham Pottery and Gallery. Picture: Ian Burt

The Dersingham Pottery and Gallery. Picture: Ian Burt - Credit: Ian Burt

9. The Dersingham Pottery and Gallery has been showcasing the artistic talent of locals for over 45 years, including handthrown porcelain and acrylic paintings.

Looking towards the Wash and the Lincolnshire coast from Dersingham. Picture: Simon Bamber

Looking towards the Wash and the Lincolnshire coast from Dersingham. Picture: Simon Bamber - Credit: citizenside.com

10. Take a seat and enjoy the sweeping views from the hilly heath.

What do you love about Dersingham? Let us know in the comments below.

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