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Downham Market

Downham Market

Downham Market is one of Norfolk’s oldest market towns and provides a good base from which to explore.
Downham Market is within easy reach of a range of attractions, most notably Denver Windmill, Collector’s World, Church Farm Rare Breed Centre, The National Trust at Oxburgh Hall and the Wildfowl and Wetland Trust at Welney. There are a range of farm shops selling fresh seasonal fruit and vegetables, apples, sweetcorn, pumpkins, asparagus, strawberries, sprouting broccoli, potatoes…

The town has been nicknamed ‘the Gingerbread Town’ because of the distinctive local stone used in many of its older buildings.  The town centre has an unusual black and white clock and a range of individual shops. The bustling markets are held on Fridays and Saturdays.~

The town sits on rising ground on the edge of the Fens, alongside the tidal River Great Ouse and its Relief Channel – both of which are navigable to Downham Market and beyond.  Boaters can moor just outside the town on the Relief Channel or at the busy Sluice at Denver, then walk into town for a spot of shopping or enjoy a drink and good pub grub in the town’s pubs.  The town has an array of entertainment on the Town Square throughout the year – check the listings in the paper or on the Town Hall notice boards for times. En route from the river, pop into the Railway Station for a coffee in its unique and cosy café.

 Walkers are spoilt for choice: the Fen Rivers Way passes by the town along the eastern bank of the Great Ouse, but all the river banks have permissive paths giving a number of options for circular walks via Denver to the south or Stowbridge to the north. Both villages offer pubs alongside the river, good opportunities for rest and refreshment before the return journey. Denver is an interesting boating destination with access to a host of navigable waterways. The village also offers a working windmill with its welcoming café and freshly baked bread. The walk to Stowbridge along the raised river banks provides open views across the Fens and gets you back in touch with nature. Birding enthusiasts, in particular, will find this a rewarding landscape. On your own or unsure of where to go, join local walkers every Wednesday and Friday at 10am at the library, for an hours walk and talk with “Twalks”.

Downham Market also has a lot to offer anglers. The town has a specialist shop, Howletts, where enthusiasts can get their supplies and information about commercial waters. There’s also good fishing to be had on many of the nearby waterways – permits for Kings Lynn Angling Association , (KLAA) are available from the post office in Hilgay. KLAA provides maps and details of where to park for the popular spots.

Downham Market Town Council.

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