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Art Inspired By The Canal

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The Grand Union Canal is, thankfully, within walking distance of my home.

The tow path walk is a pleasant experience at any time of year. The colours change but the gentle pace is sustained and beguiling. It is a mood enhancing tonic.

The electric dart of blue from the Kingfisher is a welcome distraction. So fast, a frustratingly brief encounter and usually out of the corner of the eye.

The fields of undulating emerald meet the gentle banks of reeds. Swans and moorhens go about their business unfazed by prying eyes. Small patches of woodland keep the landscape varied and enticing.

On the waters I catch glimpses of roach and the perch with its stunning tiger stripe – only when the water is clear and the light is just right.

I have walked these paths in the stifling heat of summer and in the dead chill of winter when the water has frozen over. The calm remains like an invisible blanket. There is much to recommend it any time – each season brings its own unique character to the land.

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Kelling Heath

This glorious area near the coastal town of Sheringham is a haven of calm and tranquility. The woodland and nature surges from the earth in abundance and vigour.

It is a charming experience to flag down a steam train to take you into the centre of Sheringham via luxuriant landscape. There is a little platform on the end of woodland that sits on the line. A genuine delight.

The walks available are extensive, and you can take several routes around the coast.

This area is mainly heathland and woodland. You can walk for miles in a world of greenery and calm.

It seems curious that this is home to a fair number of park homes and is also a touring park for caravans and motorhomes. The layout maintains a natural and wild feel. When I walk around it, there is no proper sense of it being a holiday park.

The spaciousness and sheer expanse of vegetation keeps the human element barely perceptible.

Norfolk is one of my favourite counties and I never tire of visiting it. 
I have it to thank for the inspiration behind an enormous part of my work.

Look out for further posts, on more of my treasured places in Norfolk, coming later.

You can find out more about Kelling Heath here