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East Anglia

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East Anglia is composed of Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex and Cambridgeshire, the last increased in size since it absorbed the former Huntingdonshire.

Beyond the metropolitan area southernmost Essex has a varied landscape of field and river and a deeply indented coast line. The mudflats of the deep river estuaries, the habitat of many species of wildfowl, give way to sandy beaches at Southend, Clacton and Frinton. Highlights of inland Essex are the glades and uplands of Epping Forest, the villages of the Rodings, the town of Saffron Walden, the most attractive in the county, and ancient Colchester, oldest recorded town in Britain. There are also the stately homes of Audley End and Steeple Bumpstead, the pretty villages of Finchingfield, Cavendish and Newport and the churches of Greensted and Thaxted. A long distance footpath, the Essex Way, runs for fifty-five miles from Epping to Dedham.

The secretive charm of rural Suffolk, with its moated farmhouses, can be discovered in the Constable country around East Bergholt near the Essex border and the ancient wool district around Lavenham. Uncommercialized resorts along the constantly-eroded coastline include charming Aldeburgh and Southwold and Dunwich, slowly being devoured by the sea.

North Norfolk is best known for its Broads between Norwich and Yarmouth, a sprawling network of rivers and shallow reed fringed lakes formed from age-old peat diggings. Popular centres for cruising on the Broads are Hickling, Potter Heigham and Wroxham. Important nature reserves line the coast between the attractive resorts of Cromer and Hunstanton on the Wash. notably on the saltings east of Wells. Also on the Wash is the graceful port of King’s Lynn. Thetford Forest, spilling over into Suffolk, encloses the wild heaths of Breckland, but the neolithic flint mines of Grimes Graves are definitely in Norfolk. Antique Norwich has a wealth of historic buildings and a long tradition of immigration from the Low Countries. Two walkers’ routes in Norfolk are the ancient roads of Peddars Way and Icknield Way. Important buildings include the abbey church of Wymondham, the ruined fortress of Castle Rising where Edward III imprisoned his mother Isabella, and the stately homes of Felbrigg Blickling, Oxburgh and Holkham.

Cambridgeshire encloses part of the Great Fen, marshland which until reclaimed from the sea stretched from Lincoln to Cambridge. The heart of Fenland is the Isle of Ely, its great cathedral like a tall ship in the flat landscape. Here sections of the original marshland have been preserved in their primeval state at Wood Walton Fen and Wicken Fen. Northwest of Cambridge the 60ft high Devil’s Dyke bisects the equally old Icknield Way. Major sights in Cambridge itself are the medieval King’s and Trinity Colleges and the Backs by the river Cam. The superb Norman cathedral of Peterborough is worth a detour, as are the country houses of Wimpole and Hinchingbrooke and the pretty villages of Alconbury, Grantchester and Haslingfield.

The greatest concentrations of campsites are at the popular coast resorts, with less of a choice in the Broads, the Essex estuaries and inland Suffolk. Amenities are not usually extensive, even on the coast.

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