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Mercury Rising

By Jackscott @jackscottbodrum

Let’s face it, spring is a bit of a hit and miss affair across these islands so it pays to take full advantage when Mother Nature turns up the heat. As soon as Liam returned from family duties in London I bundled him onto a bus for the short hop to Thorpe St Andrew, a pretty riverside spot a mile or three outside town. With Roman scraps, a Scandinavian place-name and a mention in the Domesday Book, the hamlet has ancient roots. Sadly, little survives to this day. Even the church is Victorian Gothic Revival though some ruins of its medieval predecessor, destroyed by fire, still stand.

Thorpe Green Thorpe St Andrew Old Tower, Thorpe St Andrew Church Old Tower, Thorpe St Andrew Church Thorpe St Andrew Church Ruins of old Thorpe St Andrew Church Thorpe St Andrew Church Tower Thorpe St Andrew Church Old Thorpe St Andrew Church Tower

Thorpe St Andrew is where people go to feed swans and muck about in boats on a sunny day. It’s also where people like me watch people feeding swans and mucking about in boats on a sunny day – from the comfort of a riverside watering hole. So that’s what we did.

River Yare at Thorpe St Andrew
Canoeing on the Yare
Swans and Ferry
River Yare Swans
Rowing on the Yare

Walkers, birders and water sports devotees can catch the little ferry from Thorpe Green to the Whitlingham Country Park, gateway to the Norfolk Broads. There’s no bar there so we gave it a wide berth. Next time, we’ll charge up the hip flask first.

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