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Torcs of Gold

Torcs of Gold

On the surface this is a charming circular walk through the woodland of the Ken Hill Estate with sweeping views out to The Wash. But the past is all around you, for these are ancient places, rooted in the lives of ancestors whose unwritten stories we can only glimpse.


One such insight came from a chance discovery in 1948, very close to the route you’re walking. Ploughman Raymond Williamson turned up what he thought were parts of an old brass bedstead, but when the land revealed more pieces of metal, experts from Norwich Castle Museum recognised them as an Iron Age torc. This decorative neck-ring, finely crafted in tubes of gold had last been seen around 2,000 years ago!

Ploughing unearthed more treasures until the 1980s/90s when the British Museum carried out an extensive archaeological dig. The Snettisham Treasure is the largest hoard of Iron Age gold, silver and bronze objects found in Europe, with objects now displayed in the British Museum and Norwich Castle Museum.

If you love programmes like Digging for Britain you’ll know archaeology is all about context and ancient treasures are given meaning by where they were found in time and space. This landscape gives away little about the location of these historic discoveries but as you pass through the Lodge Hill Plantation, past the site of a medieval tower, look out towards the sea and remember you walk on fields of gold.




Spring View, Snettisham, King's Lynn PE31 7RR, UK

Getting There

The route’s starting point is on Common Road (TF681342).


1 hour






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