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Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden & the 'Cathedral of the Broads'

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  • The ancient King Oak and spring flowers at Fairhaven Garden

  • St Helen's medieval rood screen and antiphoner

  • Climb the church tower

Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden, School Road, South Walsham, Norfolk, NR13 6DZ


Our start time is 9.30am and the tour lasts approximately 3 hours


The tour is available to be booked on any day, Tuesday to Saturday, subject to availability.


Adult : £18

Child (9-15) : £10

Group size can be flexible, but we have a minimum charge of £40.

Who can come

This tour is great for everyone over the age of 10

Group size

1-5 5-10

A half day walking tour exploring Fairhaven Garden, the village of Ranworth and surrounding countryside, including St Helen's church, known as 'the Cathedral of the Broads' and ending with tea/coffee and cake back at Fairhaven.

This four mile circular guided walking tour takes you through Fairhaven Garden, a beautiful natural Broadland Garden. Enjoy fabulous candelabra primulas and azaleas in spring, wild flowers, butterflies and dragonflies in summer and wonderful autumn colours and see the King Oak, a sapling at the time of the Battle of Hastings.

The tour features a peaceful bridleway connecting Fairhaven with Ranworth and the popular Malthouse Broad.

St Helen's church dates from the 14th century. The church has a magnificent 15th century rood screen, one of the finest in the country and the superb 15th century Ranworth Antiphoner, a richly illustrated liturgical book.

The church tower is normally open and a climb to the top offers fabulous views of the Broads landscape.


Additional details

This tour is organised and managed by Paul Dickson Tours.

We meet at Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden

Please wear walking boots/shoes and bring waterproof clothing.

Minimum age is 10 years. 

Our start time is 9.30am and the tour lasts approximately 3 hours.

Facilities & refreshments

Public toilets available in Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden.

There is a cafe at Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden.

There is a car park (for car or minibus) at the start and end point.


This tour can involve climbing a church tower, but this is optional and can be missed out if preferred.

This tour is suitable for wheelchair users. Please contact us for details.

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Paul Dickson Tours