There are so many great parks in Norwich and Norfolk that I could probably dedicate my entire blog to them. I won’t do that though, and will endeavour to spread them out a bit!
Today’s blog is about Earlham Park, because I’ve been meaning to write this post for ages (mainly when the weather’s been nice), but I’ve only just got around to it.
Earlham Park is one of the closest green spaces to my house, and although it’s fairly unassuming, it’s a great place for a short walk just outside of town.
It is located between the University of East Anglia and Bowthorpe, with a free car park on University Drive (the Sportspark side of campus). Having spent a fortune repairing my car in the last few weeks, I appreciate being able to have a walk without spending a penny!
The park surrounds Earlham Hall, an impressive looking building which is now the University Law School. Built in 1642, I assume that the park would once have made up the Hall’s grounds, with gentle undulating hills and the River Yare running through it.
In fact, the river is one of the most lovely aspects of the park – on hot summer’s days children (and the occasional dog) can be found paddling in its shallower waters and making the best of the weather.
And just in case you need some refreshment, there is also a small tea room (and I mean small!) where you can get a drink and snack to take out.
Although it’s not the biggest park in the world, it’s a great place to stop if you’re passing, or you could join it to a walk around the UEA campus.