Wayland Wood still exists but is only a fragment of
its original size. Locally the wood is known as 'Wailing
Wood' - due to the terrible fate of the children. The
word Wayland derives from the Old Norse Wanelund
meaning a sacred grove.
Wayland Wood this way
When a giant oak, reputed to have sheltered the
children, was destroyed by lightning in 1879 people came
from all over Norfolk to saw off souvenirs. The wood is
also home to the yellow star-of-Bethlehem and, in his
moving memoir Nature Cure, Richard Mabey visits
the wood in search of this rare plant.
The Babes in the Wood has now become a popular