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Paston Heritage
Experience Trails in Norfolk

Uncover the remarkable story of the Paston family on countryside walks in Bacton, Blofield, Gresham, Mautby, Oxnead and Paston, city and town walks in Norwich and North Walsham, and cycle rides in Norfolk's Paston country. All walks are circular and take between 45mins to 2hrs.  
Use this site to immerse yourself in the Paston story and access free resources for heritage detectives, children's/family day out ventures, wellbeing activities and creative experience seekers.

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Choose a walk by Paston character: the Pastons are waiting to be your trail guide on free podcasts. They share secrets from their letters, dramatizing their stories in the landscapes they happened.  

Family Friendly walks

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Walks to do with kids with an 'explorer hunt' activity. Make sensory connections with nature and be rewarded by the griffin. Plan your day with nearby things, including the beach, steam trains and a castle.

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From peaceful walks to mindful moments, connect with nature off the beaten track. Discover historic landscapes through creative sensory, embodied and cognitive experiences for the mind, body and soul.

Creative Experience walks

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Imagine walking in Paston footprints. Seeking to participate in the Paston story? Explore dynamic all-age activities such as creative writing, photography, crafts.

Who are the Pastons?

As one of Norfolk’s most prominent families in the Medieval and Tudor periods, the Pastons have a remarkable rag-to-riches story. This story is told in their voices in the famous Paston Letters, which are the world’s earliest large family letter collection detailing day-to-day life, including the first ever Valentine's letter. They display resilience during the adversities of the plague, civil war and religious dissent. You can now travel with the lovable and rogue personalities of this family in the Norfolk landscapes of Paston country.

Awards

2022 UEA Cultural and Social Impact Winner

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2023-24 Jinty Nelson Fellowship

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