Acle stands near the river Bure, watch nervous boatman from the safety of the river bank. Now a flourishing market town with some very attractive 17th and 18th century buildings It is situated 10 minutes east of Norwich close to the Norfolk Broads.
WHERE IS IT.
Acle is just 10 miles from the historic city of Norwich and 8 miles from the traditional seaside resort of Great Yarmouth.
The name Acle comes from the Saxon word meaning Oak Grove. Acle is named in the Domesday Book of 1086 as having 23 villagers, 38 smallholders three slaves and 40 pigs.
In the 13th century Acle was granted a charter to hold a market, to which people still flock to on a Thursday. Boat building became a profitable trade in the 19th century with boat yards appearing all along the nearby River Bure between Acle Bridge and Boat Dyke. Acle's first regatta was held in 1890 and amazingly 150 boats took to the water.
The Great Eastern Railway came to Acle in 1883 which linked Acle to Great Yarmouth. Today this link is perfect for walkers and cyclists who wish to explore the Norfolk Broads from Acle.
In 2000 Acle
won the ‘Eastern Daily Press’ ‘Village of the Year’ competition and is considered to be the gateway to the Norfolk Broads.
WHAT TO DO
Acle stands on the edge of tthe Broads National Park, so is a great place to explore the Norfolk Broads you could start by visiting Hulvergate Marshes and Breydon Water.
Thrigby Wildlife Gardens has Tigers and Crocodiles together with a collection of Birds.
In the nearby village of Tunstall the village pond is said to lead directly to hell!
Strumpshaw Marsh near Brundall offer plenty of RSPB bird watching hides.
Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden is set in 130 acres of organically managed woodland and water garden.
Pettits feathercraft and animal adventure park - aviaries, demonstrations, gnomes, locomotive rides, play areas, shop etc,
Ranworth Broad has a conservation centre, nature trails etc,access through Ranworth Village north of Acle/
WHERE TO EAT AND DRINK
The Kings Head in the centre of Acle
White Horse in the charming village of Upton
The Bridge Inn on the River Bure
The Riverside Inn has riverbank gardens.
Last Updated: 28 Apr 2015