The Churches Conservation Trust, the national charity protecting historic churches at risk, are currently promoting walks that link our churches with walking routes in order to encourage more people to visit these fascinating and historically important buildings.

The time for the event on Saturday 12th April 2014, is from 10.30am – 3.00pm – on a drop-in basis.

We have recently put together a new route, in partnership with The Boudicca Way project, which promotes many more local footpaths. The walk we have put together is 7 miles long and is a circular off-shoot of the Boudicca Way and takes in two of the churches in our care, Frenze and Shimpling as well as other local points of interest.

To promote our new walking leaflet, we are having an open day on Saturday 12th April at Shimpling and Frenze.

We’d like to invite local walking groups, families and anyone else who loves history and walking!


The  event is free and will include storyteller Dave Tong at Shimpling and a treat awaits at St Andrew’s Church Frenze, where you’ll find a medieval soldier who will be able to tell you about his life – and the weapons he uses, as well as activity sheets for children.

For those who don’t want to walk the full 7 miles, then the 3 miles between Shimpling and Frenze is perfect for a springtime stroll.


The 7.5 mile loop, this walk runs partially along a section of the Boudicca Way, the long distance path which links Diss and Norwich through 36 miles of beautiful Norfolk countryside.

Along the route, walkers have the opportunity to visit two churches in the care of The Churches Conservation Trust; St Andrew’s Church, Frenze and St George’s Church, Shimpling.


The loop, which can also be walked from Diss Railway Station, passes through fertile Norfolk farmland and along quiet country lanes, making a pleasant walk.

Alongside the simple 13th-century beauty of St Andrew’s, Frenze – found in a farmyard and noted for its beautiful Medieval brasses and its pews which include two little carved monkeys – and the round Norman tower of St George’s, Shimpling – with its octagonal 15th-century font and pieces of Medieval stained glass – the walk also passes St Andrew, Thelveton, a small estate church probably constructed in the early 14th century and substantially refurbished in the Victorian period, set in idyllic countryside on the side of a lane between the other two.

Those seeking refreshments can take advantage of a warm welcome at the Burston Crown, a 16th century pub with open fireplaces, exposed beams and large beer garden roughly half way through the walk.

Also found in Burston is the Burston Strike School, Museum which was the centre of the longest running strike in British history, between 1914 and 1939.

Click here to see a map of the walk.

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