PHOTO ESSAY: Beautiful views of the Broads from Ranworth church tower
- Credit: Copyright: Archant 2020
The medieval parish church of St Helen’s at Ranworth is one of the gems of the Norfolk Broads.
Visitors to the area either by road or by boat are drawn to the imposing building situated on a hill above the village. To those who have made the journey several treats lay in store for them in the forms of the medieval rood screen, the illuminated Antiphoner, and the most magnificent views across the Broads. Intrepid visitors make the climb inside the 100 ft high tower consisting of 89 uneven steps in the spiral staircase, two ladders through the belfry, and then through a trapdoor at the top. Appearing on the rooftop of the tower the explorer will find themselves underneath the stunning weathervane which depicts Brother Pacificus, a 16th century monk from St Benet’s Abbey who restored the rood screen. At the tower wall is the awe-inspiring sight of houses dotted below and the blue of the two Broads, Ranworth and Malthouse, in a green landscape of trees and fields. Some boats are dotted tucked into moorings, as others await work in the nearby boatyard. The climb up may have been hard work, but the view is well worth it.