Hockwold cum Wilton is a village in Norfolk, on the banks of the Little Ouse River. Its distinctive name means ‘Hock wood and Willow farm’. It lies on the border between a wild expanse of gorse-covered heath and forest known as Breckland, and the coastal marshes of the Fens. Wander into the village centre from your holiday cottage in Hockwold cum Wilton and you will discover a peaceful community which can be traversed on foot in a few minutes. In and around Main Street, you will find a handful of businesses including a grocery and a service station. The Red Lion and the New Inn are both friendly pubs serving good food and a variety of local ales.
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There are several pretty landmarks to look out for on self-catering holidays in Hockwold cum Wilton, including two fine churches – St Peter’s and a Methodist chapel. Nearby, Hockwold Hall is an opulent Elizabethan house, parts of which date back to the 15th century. Just to the village’s east, Weeting Heath National Nature Reserve is crisscrossed by secluded trails and known for its population of rare birds. The village has a rich history, evidenced by the discovery of a hoard of Roman silverware and coins which were found in the Sixties, and are now exhibited in the British Museum. Holiday cottages in Hockwold cum Wilton are easily reached on public transport, thanks to the Lakenheath Railway Station, which is a short walk southward from the village.
There are many historic attractions to visit near the village, including Oxburgh Hall, and Castle Acre, widely regarded as one of England’s best-preserved Cluniac monastic sites. A short drive northward from Hockwold cum Wilton, Swaffham is a lovely town with a farmers’ market packed with stalls selling fresh produce from the Norfolk countryside. There are a variety of family-run businesses in the town centre, and several cosy pubs where good food and ales can be enjoyed.