Courtyard Farm, Norfolk
Courtyard Farm lies in the beautiful north Norfolk countryside, a short distance from the sea. The farm is fully organic and the positive effects are being seen in all sorts of ways. Not only the huge increase in the numbers of birds, butterflies and animals, but the soil has literally come back to life – a multitude of worms, insects and moles being evidence of its health. With around 10 miles of public footpaths and circular walks, you can always see the farm animals, how they are treated and what they eat. You will also be able to enjoy the wildlife, far-reaching views and ‘land art’ created by local artists. Visit the farm to find out more…
The Red Poll is a traditional East Anglia breed and its beef is noted for its quality, texture and flavour. The cattle are raised on grass rich in wild flowers and conserved grass (silage) in the winter.
The farm is rich in wildlife and following conversion to organic farming, hares have increased threefold, skylarks fourfold and there are five times as many English partridges.
Basic sleeping accommodation is available in a converted barn. Bunk beds, cooking rings, toilets, showers, kettle and fridge are provided; bring sleeping bags, towels and utensils. £15 per person per night; sleeps 12. Horses and dogs welcome. Open all year. £10 per horse per night (stables or paddocks). Some camping space available. For more details visit the farm's website, email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 01485 525251.
In 1999 two artists were commissioned by the Courtyard Farm Trust to create permanent artworks in disused marl pits on the farm. ‘Carstone Shale Wall and Boulder’ was created by John Sands and ‘Chalky Void (absence and presence)’ is by Martha Winter.
Arranging a visit
Thousands of people enjoy walking the waymarked trails at Courtyard Farm each year. Please keep dogs under control or on leads at all times to avoid disturbing wildlife and vulnerable ground-nesting birds. Guided walks and school visits are available by prior appointment – please contact Peter Melchett at the farm (Courtyard Farm, Ringstead, Hunstanton, Norfolk, PE36 5LQ) for details. The waymarked walks are open all day throughout the year.
How to get there
Courtyard Farm is located two miles to the east of the village of Ringstead near Hunstanton. Car parks for walkers can be found on the Ringstead-Cholsey road, and off the Ringstead-Docking road. A National Cycle Network route (see link below) crosses the farm.
By bike: Find your route on the Sustrans website