Useful Links The Official Visit Norfolk Site

Local Taxis.  Based in Narborough. Viking Rose   01760 339 499
Based in Swaffham
Matt's Cabs 01760 722 230
Al's Cabs  01760 722 002
Platinum Cabs  01760 725 366
ACE Taxis 0845 521 3139

Downham Market Cars4you   07931 390 832
Bishops Taxis  01366 324 307

Castle Acre (2 miles) has pubs, shops, a castle and a priory. West Acre (half a mile) has a pub which is in easy walking distance.

Other Bed & Breakfasts Castle Acre area. View the village website  The ones I know are below 

Tudor Lodgings    01760 755 334
Wicken View   01760 755 652
Bailey Gate B & B  01760 755 673
Manor Farm    01760 755609

Slightly further afield and top of the range (all in Sawdays Special Places to Stay) the first two with fantastic gardens and the third a brand new build.
Manor House Farm, Wellingham  01328 838227  
Litcham Hall, Litcham  01328 701 389
Meadow House, Harpley  01485 520240 

For other places in the Swaffham area see

Where to Eat. The links to these pubs all open on a new tab or page. There are plenty of other pubs but these are the ones we use. They are listed by distance from Warren Stables.

The nearest pub is The Stag in West Acre. 01760 755 395
Closed on Mondays, no food on Sunday evenings. A couple of minutes by car, 15 minutes walk via local lanes or 10 minutes across the meadow. No dogs inside but you can tie them up outside the front door.

The Ostrich in Castle Acre, 2 miles.  01760 755 398, PE32 2AE
Open every day 12-3, 6-9. Food limited to bookings on a Sunday and not after 8:30pm. From here downwards you may well need to book, particularly summer weekends. Dogs allowed in bar area but not in restaurant.

The Dabbling Duck in Great Massingham
5 miles 01485 520 827, PE32 2HN  Food 12-2.30pm and 6.30 to 9pm 7 days a week.  Dogs allowed.

The Crown at Gayton. 5 miles. Open 7 days a week. Does a good buffet, including on Sundays. Tel:01553 636 252,  PE32 1PA

The Crown at East Rudham, 10 miles.  01485 528 530, PE31 8RD

The Bedingfeld Arms at Oxborough, 13 miles, As of March 2012 now privately owned and beautifully refurbished. They claim all their food is cooked fresh01366 328300,  PE33 9PS
They are plenty of good pubs up on the coast.

The Ship at Brancaster is excellent. Tel: 01485 210333     PE31 8AP   

The Hoste Arms at Burnham Market, 01328 738777,  PE31 8HD  stands out above all others but you will need deep pockets!. 23 miles. This pub has won Pub of the Year award more than once.

For places to eat around Swaffham see


Westacre Theatre

Plays, workshops, films, there is something for everyone.

Narborough Hall Gardens  This from their website

Narborough Hall is one of Norfolk's most beautiful and romantic private homes. Set in the valley of the River Nar it is surrounded by ancient parkland, lakes and woods. The gently evolving classic English garden has been created and designed by Joanne Merrison who won a gold medal and best in show for her "country house kitchen garden" at the 2008 Sandringham Flower Show. Ancient wisterias cover the sixteenth century façade of the house and herbaceous borders overflow with old roses, sumptuous planting taking their themes from subtle colours and poetry.  

Walks and birds.

Local Circular Walk  3 Mile Circular Walk

There are some wonderful walks in the area. The Nar Valley Way follows the path of the River Nar, but is easy to circle back via a different route. Look at the Norfolk County Council Interactive Map. It will give you an Ordnance Survey Map of every single footpath in Norfolk. 

The Costal Path is an excellent walk with the added advantage that you can catch the Coasthopper bus back to your car. The bus runs hourly all year and half hourly in summer. Stops and timetables.

For those interested in birds, we not only have woodland and water meadow habitats, but there is a private reserve with a viewing hut set in front of a shallow pond, in sight of Warren Stables. Ask for the key.

The Norfolk Area of the Ramblers Association website is a goldmine of information on the Norfolk area.
For help with Baggage

Ask for local info, but here are some Norfolk attractions

Brancaster. Handy car park
Holkham. Bit more of a trek
Old Hunstanton. Similar to Brancaster
Hunstanton. As well as the beach, which can be non-existent on very high tides, the town is geared to family holidays with funfairs, out door swimming pools and a Sea Life Centre.

Pensthorpe bird reserve and garden experience 20 mins
Sculthorpe Moor (Hawk & Owl nature reserve) 20 mins
Fishing, Narborough Fishing Lakes 10 mins
Gooderstone Water Gardens, near Swaffham 15 mins
History, Houses & Learning
Houghton Hall 15 mins
Sandringham 20mins
Holkham 25 mins
Swaffham Ecotech Centre - wind turbine 10 mins
Castle Acre Priory 5 mins or 25 mins walk
Iceni Village, Cockley Cley 15 mins
Langham Glass 20 mins

Oasis indoor pool & leisure centre, Hunstanton 
Maize Maze, South Creake (summer/autumn only) 25 mins

Get Active
Extreeme Adventure, Weasenham - a high ropes course set in the treetops - / 10 mins
Cycling - hire bikes from or 20 mins
Golf - Royal West Norfolk (Brancaster) and Hunstanton are 2 outstanding links courses. Also Swaffham (18 holes) and Fakenham (9 holes). 
Racing at Fakenham (monthly) - / 15 mins
Walking -
and for general walking ideas, see