Pupils from two schools found out more about West Norfolk’s wildlife, environment and heritage thanks to a special event at Castle Acre.
A total of 72 children and their teachers from Swaffham Junior School and Lynn’s Fairstead Primary took part in the first ever Nar Valley Way Schools Day at the priory last month.
The youngsters, aged eight to 10, walked the two-mile stretch of the Nar Valley Way National Trail between West Acre and Castle Acre, which passes through woodland and water meadow.
They learnt about the biodiversity of the area, and even used GPS technology to search for hidden geocache ‘treasure’ and leave their own messages for others to find.
At the priory, they discovered more about the heritage of the site by exploring the ruins, and also went on a ‘mini-beast hunt’ for bugs.
The day was organised by the Country Trust in partnership with English Heritage, at Castle Acre Priory, and Norfolk County Council’s Trails Team with funding from the Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE).
Catherine Leigh, visit co-ordinator for the Country Trust, was pleased with the day and said it was such a success, it is hoped it can be repeated and extended to other trails across Norfolk.