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Wednesday, 27 October 2010

Angles Way - Great Yarmouth to Belton

An 8 mile walk along the Angles Way from its start at Great Yarmouth to Belton

The Angles Ways journey begins with a walk along the banks of Breydon Water to Belton. Along this route can be seen the impressive remains of the roman fort Gariannonum at Burgh Castle. This is a simple afternoons walk with a frequent bus service linking Great Yarmouth and Belton for the return journey. On this occassion we walked the path in reverse having set up camp at Belton.

Wild Duck Camp Site, Belton to Great Yarmouth Walk - Essential Information

Walk Statistics:

Start point
Wild Duck Camp Site, BeltonView in OS Map | View in Google Map
End Point
Great YarmouthView in OS Map | View in Google Map
Total Walk distance
8 miles
Walk difficulty
Easy

Accommodation:

Wild Duck Camp SiteView in OS Map | View in Google Map
Website
Description
Wild Duck Camp Site (part of Haven Holidays), Belton

Transport:

First Group - Bus Service
Service Number
7 - First Group bus service 7 Great Yarmouth to Belton
Timetable

Walk Data

Date of Walk
2010-04-29
Walk Time
13:00 to 17:30
Walkers
Griffmonster Kat
Weather Conditions
Cool and overcast spring afternoon

Walk Notes

Wild Duck campsite at Belton does not allow you on site before 12 noon so by the time we got walking it was well gone 1pm. We walked through to Burgh Castle where we knew there was a pub (the Fishermans Inn on the River banks was unfortunately still closed for the winter season). It was here that I realised that I had left my wallet back at the tent, so we had to return via the road to Belton and restart the walk. What was going to be a 8 mile stroll turned into a 12 mile walk. Nonetheless it was worthwhile, with the highlight definitely being Gariannonum. I have never seen an ancient structure of such proportions. It was truely awe-inspiring. Unfortunately it was two days late to witness the gostly re-enactment of the battle between Seberg and Gonard. Maybe next year!

It was interesting to see Breydon Bridge lifted as we walked along the banks of Breydon Water - I have passed over this bridge on many occassions but never witnessed it open so this was a first. As we walked, cruisers headed in and out of Great Yarmouth, the ones heading out making slow headway against the outgoing tide - these were nearly all holiday cruisers - I guess the broads folk just wait for the tide to turn. Walking under Breydon Bridge you soon come into Great Yarmouth and the first housing is a terrace of houses in front of wasteground with their brick walled gardens facing west and looking much like a scene from the northern industrial lands with kids making the most of the walls and wasteland.

Angles Way Waymarker some useful markers on this route including how many miles to the next pub!Seagull on a post
On the left Angles Way Waymarker some useful markers on this route including how many miles to the next pub!; On the right Seagull on a post

Directions

Head northwards through Belton along Station Road North until the road bends sharply right into St Johns Road. Take the track to the left veering off to the right as it passes Windmill View. This path then leads down to the riverside. Turn Right and follow the river going behind the marina. The path then continues along the riverside to Gariannonum where time can be taen out exploring this ancient Roman constuction. The path continues on the northern side of the ruins, leading down wooden steps to the riverside.

At the Fishermans Inn, the path turns left to follow around the river side of the pub which has seasonal opening times. If closed, an alternative refreshment can be found at the Queens Head by taking the track to the right and continue along Church Road to where it junctions with High Road. Keep straight ahead and the Queens head is just beyond the junction with Back Lane.

The path continues along the banks of Breydon Water, under Breydon Bridge and onto the first terraced housing of Great Yarmoth. Follow the road to left of the terrace. Where the road turns right, go straight ahead through a small car park and onto Steam Mill Lane which follows the river to the bridge. To get to the official start end of the path, continue left over the bridge and follow the North Quay until there is a path across an old metal bridge across the River Bure. The start is marked by a sculpture embedded in a brick plinth and is the meeting point of The angles Way, The Weavers Way and The Wherrymans Way.

For pub refreshments both the Mariners and the Troll Cart are worth seeking out. From the bridge, turn right and take the first narrow alley on the left between HSBC and Lloyds banks. This is one of Great Yarmouths historic Rows which were developed up until the 19th century. They were the result of a law which only allowed building development within the Medieval town walls and with limited space houses were built as close together as possible resulting in these so called Rows. This particular one is numbered 59 which is displayed on the side of the HSBC building. The Mariners is at the bottom of this Row on the right and always has a good range of ales. Turn left past the Mariners and then right onto Regent Street. At the end turn right onto King Street then the next left. The Troll Cart is found as the road becomes pedestrianised by the bus station.

Two views of the impressive GariannonumTwo views of the impressive Gariannonum
On the left Two views of the impressive Gariannonum; On the right Two views of the impressive Gariannonum

Pubs

Queens Head, Burgh Castle View in OS Map | View in Google Map

Image of pub
Address
Queens Head, Burgh Castle

A popular oak beamed public house and restaurant. Food includes homemade pies, curries and stews with a carvery on Sundays. Accommodation is available and the pub also has its own private fishing facilities stocked with Large Carp and Tench.

Unfortunately as of December 2016, the landlord has issued a notice that the pub is to be demolished as it is no longer considered to be a viable consern (see full article in Great Yarmouth Mercury

Review

The pub was busy, I guess the trade from the nearby holiday camps. A pleasant pint of Brains' Reverend James.

The Troll Cart, Great Yarmouth View in OS Map | View in Google Map

Image of pub
Address
The Troll Cart, Great Yarmouth
Website

This Wetherspoon pub takes its name from the Troll Carts which were developed to pass along the narrow Rows within the town's medieval walls. Up until the 19th centruy Great Yarmouth had laws which only allowed building within its Medieval town walls which resulted in houses being built as close together as possible. This gave rise to the Great Yarmouth Rows, narrow alleys that led between the buildings. The Troll Cart was developed as a means to transport goods down these narrow thoroughfares which could be as little as 30 inches wide. There was said to have been a total of 145 Rows running parallel to each other and they were originally given names derived from local characters and buildings including the famous Kitty Witches which ran from King Street to Middlegate street. This was probably named after a baker who lived in the Row during the 17th century, named Kit Witchingham. In 1804 the Rows were given numbers to make navigation easier as some of the Rows had as many as three different names attributed to them. Some of the numbers can still be seen on the end of the Rows.

The pub is themed with many old picture and illustrations including some intersting ones of the witch trials depicting the supposed witches and the names of their familiars. In 1646 sixteen alledged witches from Great Yarmouth were trialled and executed by the notorius Matthew Hopkins, the Wytchfinder General.

One has to give credit to J D Weatherspoons as they do tastefully theme their establishments with local history and it is worth taking taime persuing the old photos and artefacts that adorn the walls. As with all Weatherspoons pubs a good range of ales is always on offer.

Review

Very busy large town centre establishment opposite the bus station. Typical Weatherspoons selection of interesting ales including a rather curious peach flavoured ale.

Breydon Bridge and the entrance to Great Yarmouth
Breydon Bridge and the entrance to Great Yarmouth

Features

GariannonumView in OS Map | View in Google Map

Situated on a raised location overlooking Breydon Water, Gariannonum was a Roman fortress built around 280AD as a defence against invading Saxons. Three of the four massive sides of the fort still stand – 9 feet thick and 14 feet high and built from knapped flints and mortar, interspersed with layers of red Roman tile for strength. Surviving fantastically intact, it can be matched by few other Roman sites in Britain.

According to Dr C Sampsons book from the 1930's 'Ghosts of the Broads', in 418AD after the Romans had left, this part of the coast was invaded by Danes, Saxons and Jutes. At that time a Dane called Gonard had taken control of Gariannonum. Gonards armies butchered the local Saxon communities and took their leader Siberg as prisoner. Sibergs brother Cerdag came down from the north and surrounded Gariannonum with his armies. He sent in a messenger with a white flag to convey the message to Gonard that he should surrender as they had the fort surrounded. Gonard killed the messenger and launched his body in true Monty Python fashion from the battlements down into Breydon Water. With this, Cerdags armies attacked and slaughtered the troops of Gonard, with Gonard being beheaded by Seberg himself. It is said, that on the anniversary of this event, on 27th April each year, just before dawn the re-enactment of the assassination of Sibergs men takes place, with the battle sounds ringing out across Breydon Water. Then on 3 July, the body of a man with a white flag tied around his neck comes hurtling through the air from the precincts of the castle to land upon the foreshore.

It is uncertain where Dr Charles Sampson obtained his stories for his book, and indeed some of the names within it do appear to be totally ficticious. The names Siberg and Cerdag are both unknown in historical context, though they could be corruptions of the Saxon names Sigeberht and Cerdic. Nonetheless it would be interesting to hear if anyone has actually witnessed the bizarre ghostly enactments at Burgh Castle.

The River Waveney at Belton
The River Waveney at Belton

Images

Below are a selection of images taken from from the photo album for this walk. Feel free to browse through these or click on any image to view a larger version in the Gallery.

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Maps

Below is the route depicted on the OpenStreetMap, Ordnance Survey Map and Google Map. Links to full page versions are found in the Essential Information

Summary of Document Changes

Last Updated: ... 2017-02-05

2012-10-06 : Added in photo album. Reconfig photo links and schema.org markup, metadata. Expand directions. Expand pub information and information about Great Yarmouth Rows

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