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Diss in Norfolk – natural beauty & a vibrant community
Diss has a rich history dating back to medieval times. The town grew around the 13th-century Parish Church of St. Mary, which still stands as a prominent landmark today. Diss was an important centre for the wool trade and had a bustling market that attracted traders from surrounding areas.
The town features a mix of architectural styles, including timber-framed buildings and Georgian and Victorian structures. The Mere’s Mouth, a picturesque spot where the River Waveney flows out of the Diss Mere, is a popular place to admire the architecture and enjoy the tranquil surroundings.
Diss Mere is a stunning natural feature located in the charming market town of Diss in Norfolk, not Suffolk. It is a large natural lake, often referred to as a mere, that serves as the centrepiece of the town. Diss Mere is believed to have been formed during the last Ice Age and covers an area of about six acres.
The Mere is surrounded by picturesque parkland, making it a popular spot for leisurely walks, picnics, and enjoying the tranquil setting. It offers a serene and idyllic atmosphere, perfect for escaping the hustle and bustle of everyday life. The Mere is home to a variety of wildlife, including various bird species, ducks, and swans, making it a haven for nature lovers and bird watchers.
Diss has a vibrant town centre with a variety of independent shops, boutiques, and cafes. The market square hosts a weekly farmers’ market, where you can find fresh local produce and unique crafts.
Just a short distance from Diss, you’ll find Bressingham Steam and Gardens, a popular attraction featuring steam trains, beautiful gardens, and a collection of working locomotives. It’s a great place for a family day out.
The surrounding countryside offers ample opportunities for outdoor activities such as walking, cycling, and exploring nature trails. The Waveney Valley and the Norfolk Broads are within easy reach, providing stunning landscapes for outdoor enthusiasts.
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