The word Horning means ‘the folk who live on the high ground between the rivers’ and there is evidence that there have been settlements in this parish as long ago as the Bronze Age. The parish lies between three rivers, the Bure, the Ant and the Thurne, and many of its paths relate to staithes from where, over centuries, people have crossed the water and marshes to reach adjacent parishes and beyond. One of the most significant routes is a causeway to the site of St Benet’s Abbey, where the original retreat of the hermit Suneman was replaced by the Benedictine monastery, in the time of Cnut.
The ancient routes that monks, pilgrims and traders would have taken is the focus for research into the footpaths of Horning which is being undertaken by just two of us, both avid walkers, Annie Jepson from Ludham and Anita Turpin from Horning. It is hoped that the research will not only contribute to an understanding of footpaths in the parish of Horning, but will contribute to a body of knowledge about Horning’s most renowned historic site, St Benet’s Abbey. If you would like to get involved, or have memories or information about Horning’s paths, please get in touch.