A staircase twisting mysteriously into the wall of the tower arch entices you to climb up the 96ft tower. Take the opportunity, for few church towers are open and the summit is safely railed. Admittedly there seem far more than 89 uneven steps, two ladders past the bells, and finally a heavy trap door that you are warned of. But once you reach the top you are rewarded with breathtaking views.
The top of the twisting staircase
The first ladder up to the bells
The trap door entrance to the roof
Stretches of river ways and broads, dotted with holiday craft, glint among the marshes and trees. St. Benet's gatehouse and its ruined mill are visible in the marsh (NE), with the Scroby Sands wind farm on the coast beyond. With a good pair of binoculars you might even be able to pick out Happisburgh lighthouse to the north. Immediately below you is the old vicarage with its former coach house converted into the Church Visitors Centre.
A view from the top of the church tower, looking out over the broads