The Parish Churches of Ranworth with Panxworth,
South Walsham, Upton and Woodbastwick

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Ranworth tower

Almost all of our visitors love to climb the eighty-nine spiral steps and two ladders to the top of the flint-lined tower of St Helen’s Church.

The view is spectacular. Much of the Norfolk Broads river system is visible interlaced with boats that weave their way in a constantly changing pattern of light through farmland and marshes that grow traditional Norfolk thatching reed. A survey by Ray Martin of the West Midlands using a calibrated telescope lists nearly two hundred sites in the Cromer–Norwich–Great Yarmouth area, including 116 churches, numerous windmills and wind drainage pumps, Happisburgh lighthouse and even the top of Norwich Cathedral.

On a good day, one can see the impressive wind turbines of the wind farm at West Somerton; Norfolk is one of the windiest places in England.

View from Ranworth Church tower showing the thatched Broadland Conservation Centre and Ranworth Dyke leading to the River Bure - click for larger image

View from Ranworth Church tower showing the thatched Broadland Conservation Centre and Ranworth Dyke leading to the River Bure

The weather vane on top of the tower tells the story of Brother Pacificus, a 16th century monk from St.Benet's abbey who restored the rood screen in Ranworth church - click for larger image

The weather vane on top of the tower tells the story of Brother Pacificus, a 16th century monk from St.Benet's abbey who restored the rood screen in Ranworth church.

Ranworth Tower - click for larger image

Ranworth Tower