Friday, 2 April 2010

Discover Outdoor Norfolk

Outdoor Norfolk is Norfolk Tourism’s new campaign to promote the area’s world class outdoor activities – boating, birdwatching, canoeing, cycling, fishing, horseriding and walking. A new Outdoor Norfolk activity map and guide was launched at Pensthorpe Nature Reserve, which is the home of BBC Springwatch for the third year running.

Photograph left to right Deb Jordan Director, Pensthorpe, Virginia Edwards Outdoor Norfolk Project Manager and Lydia Smith Director, Norfolk Tourism pictured at Pensthorpe.

Norfolk with its endless skies is the place to enjoy the great outdoors. Norfolk Tourism has developed the ‘Outdoor Norfolk’ activity map and guide, which can also be downloaded from, featuring more than 100 sites in the county.

Try boating, canoeing or cycling in the county’s wetland paradise – the Norfolk Broads, walk the Norfolk Coast Path with the help of the Coasthopper bus and enjoy some of the UK’s finest birdwatching, or visit Pensthorpe Nature Reserve, home of BBC Springwatch.

Virginia Edwards, Norfolk Tourism said: “Attending The Outdoors Show 2009 inspired us to produce a special map guide and associated web content to promote the fantastic range of countryside activities in the county. Outdoor Norfolk aims to encourage visitors and local residents to get out and about in the county using public transport like the Coasthopper bus or The Bittern Line railway whenever possible. Norfolk with its endless skies is the place to enjoy the great outdoors.”

Councillor Ann Steward, Cabinet Member for Economic Development, Norfolk County Council said: “Outdoor Norfolk is the perfect spur to encourage visitors and local residents to get out and about and explore the county and also support the rural economy. There is so much to choose from – internationally important nature reserves, cycling in The Broads, walking the Norfolk Coast Path, visiting rural attractions like Bircham Windmill and the Wells to Walsingham Light Railway and much more. Enjoy our wonderful county.”

Deb Jordan, Director Pensthorpe Nature Reserve said: ““Pensthorpe will certainly be a huge supporter of the Outdoor Norfolk map guide and website because the key to any really successful holiday or visit to a new county, is being able to find places to visit, which are appropriate to your own particular needs and interests. Pensthorpe, in its third year of hosting BBC Springwatch, is now well known for its aims of getting its visitors closer to and learning more about nature. This wonderful map not only highlights all that is special and typical of Norfolk’s fabulous wildlife, numerous gardens and nature reserves, but also explains how to enjoy the outdoors via cycle routes, long distance footpaths and/or rail and coastal bus links. It will have a huge impact on visitors to the county and allow them to explore areas of which they may have otherwise been totally unaware. A really outstanding guide for all those who love nature and the outdoors!”