Fields of Gold, Norfolk

My fiancé and I spent the weekend in Norfolk.

We have no particular ties in Norfolk, no family or special reason to visit. Just a special place.

We discovered Sennowe Park a couple of summers ago (I thought it was last summer but time seems to be slipping past faster than I’d realised!) and fell in love with its old school charm and utterly lovely owners, Charles and Virginia. You can read my previous posts here and here.

We went back for a visit and to spend a wholesome weekend exploring the surrounding countryside.

Starting as all weekends should, slowly.

Sennowe Park

Before heading off into the wilds in search of bluebells.

Driving through rolling countryside, in search of Foxley Wood.

Which sounds like something from a story book.

And the reality is no less romantic.

British bluebell wood

A 6 thousand year old woodland, carpeted in a sea of bluebells.

British bluebell wood, Norfolk

6 thousand years old.

This wood has been here since the very beginning of human civilisation.

British bluebell woods - a must visit in spring!

If these trees could talk…

British bluebells bloom in spring, appearing almost overnight and disappearing almost as quickly.

They prefer woodlands and have a strong, sweet scent which gets caught by the canopy above, keeping it from floating away and creating the most incredible multi-sensory experience for those passing through.

Britain's ancient bluebell woods - smell even better than they look!

Birds sing, the scent of bluebells carries on the breeze and sunlight dances across the carpet of wildflowers.

British bluebells

The British bluebell is under threat from the Spanish variety, brought in by Victorian gardeners.

British bluebells are a deep violet sort of blue and droop over to one side, whereas the Spanish variety are a light blue (sometimes white or pink too) and stand tall with flowers all around the stem.

Their mingling is destroying the British bluebell, making them increasingly rare.

wild bluebells

If you have a garden you can help by avoiding planting any Spanish bluebells and seeking out British bluebells instead. Lots of tips here.

Either way, a visit to a British bluebell wood is something everyone should experience at least once in their lives, if not every spring!

Drive out to the countryside in spring or find a good one here.

BMW i8 - the plug in sportscar

Still loving our plug-in sportscar!

Having walked right through Foxley Wood we jumped back into the car and bumbled off in search of lunch.

A trip made significantly (and delightfully) longer by stopping every couple of miles to enjoy the view.

Rape seed fields

The British countryside is covered in fields of gold.

It’s rape-seed season, meaning all you can see for miles and miles are these bright yellow, freshly scented, pollen rich fields, swaying in the wind.

British rapeseed fields

Heaven for bees and flower enthusiasts alike!

Fields of gold

When I shared a snap on Instagram a few people asked where they can find this specific field, but the answer is that there’s no need.

If you can get to the countryside you’ll find a dozen just like it!

Drive in any direction out of a big city and you’re sure to find some. An extra wet spring has meant a double-bloom for the yellow flowers and they’ll last 8 weeks instead of their usual 4. So you still have time to indulge your Gladiator-esque fantasies!

Canola field

Just as the wet spring started to live upto its name with a spot of drizzle, we jumped back into the car and made for the pub.

The Crown Inn to be exact.

A pretty little pub in a pretty little village, that most importantly allows dogs.

And serves up cracking British classics.

Have lunch and a tipple at the pub, then pop into the teashop next door for pudding, followed by the antique shop next door for a snoop.

The perfect Saturday afternoon!

Trench coat

Striped cardigan // Silk camisole

Skinny jeans // Wellies (similar)

As the rain started to pick up we headed back to Sennowe Park.

The library at Sennowe Park - perfect wedding location!

Snuggling into the library with a drink and a good book.

Beside the crackling fire.

Feeling very much at home indeed.

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  • Laura Torninoja

    What a gorgeous place! My boyfriend is originally from the border of Norfolk & Suffolk, so I might be able to make him agree to a trip here.. I’m going to try, anyway – that pub looks SO cute! x

    Laura // Middle of Adventure

  • Those rape-seed fields look so magical- definitely adding a visit here to my bucket list (right beside frolicking in fields of lavender)! I really love your travel posts like this one where you take us through your visit or day.

    XO, Emily
    Epicurean Emily

  • Rain

    This is divine! Being in close nature is a blessing to city folks and so connecting….there is nothing so magical as the British Country side! It has a serene beauty. This also reminds me of your Lavendar picnic in the South of France that’s also magical! I find that my most memorable experiences were always close to nature and the natural world… XXO

  • I love rapeseed fields so much. One of my favourite countryside views!

  • Emerald Dove

    This place looks incredible! The flowers are all so beautiful
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  • Kate

    How beautiful! I love exploring the countryside and finding gems like these flower fields.

    xx

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  • Everything about this weekend literally looks so so dreamy, from the bluebells to the fish and chips to custard under the chair looking cheeky! I had no idea about British bluebells dying out – I guess you learn something everyday!

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  • This looks like such a dream of a place! I love the bright yellow of the rapeseed against the dark stormy blues of the sky, so pretty! I had no idea about the British vs. Spanish bluebell, that’s so interesting (but also so sad!) xxx
    Lucy @ La Lingua

  • What a glorious day! We recently nipped down to Somerset for the weekend to see the boyfs rents and had such lovely long walks through many fields of gold! It was gorgeous, however wearing black was a bad idea haha! Sennowe park looks beautiful, what a wonderful place to spent the weekend! Immy x

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  • What a wonderful place! I love the decor of the room 🙂

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  • Mitali Gupta

    I just went to buy the trench coat because I have been searching for one and love the look!

  • Krista

    Oh how I wish I lived there! I’m Canadian and as much as I love British Columbia and the beautiful mountains and ocean, there’s just something so magical about England and all it’s history and beauty. I would love nothing more than to walk through Foxley Wood!

  • This looks like an absolute dream. Obsessed with the flower fields and the restaurant that lets you bring your dog! and the library. Wow such a nice idea to escape for a weekend like this

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  • Christa Sagmoe

    Absolutely beautiful. Looks like an amazing time and the fish n chips look absolutely delish! ~ Christa

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  • Lucie Sweet

    I live about a five minute drive from Foxley Wood, it really is such a beautiful part of the world! Norfolk is frequently forgotten, I’m so glad you had a wonderful time here x