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Surlingham St Mary’s Church

The village of Surlingham lies in a scenic river valley some 7 miles east of the city of Norwich.  It sits in a horseshoe bend of the river Yare in a lesser known part of the Norfolk Broads.  The village is spread out over a rough quadrilateral of lanes with farmland in-between.Although Surlingham is on the way to nowhere it attracts visitors for a variety of reasons.  It boasts two wildlife reserves: the Church Marsh bird reserve and the Ted Ellis nature reserve.

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Surlingham Fleet

For walkers and cyclists it is on the Wherryman’s way long distance footpath and the N1 national cycle route.  It is also a popular riverside destination for those living in Norwich, not least because of its waterside pubs.  And of course it is also an attractive overnight stopover for those enjoying a boating holiday.

 Unlike many Norfolk villages, Surlingham has a primary school and a post office and general stores.  Although few of the 600 or so residents work in the village there is an active community.

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