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Sunday, 17 October 2010

A Walk along the Bure Valley Path

A 10 mile walk along Norfolks Bure Valley Path between Aylsham and Wroxham

The Bure Valley Path follows the former Great Eastern Railway trackbed alongside the Bure Valley Narrow Gauge Railway. There are outstanding views of the river Bure and stops on route at Brampton, Buxton and Coltishall. Being a former trackbed gives a well drained path so the route is suitable for all weathers.

Aylsham Bure Valley Railway Station to Wroxham Station Walk - Essential Information

Walk Statistics:

Start point
Aylsham Bure Valley Railway Station View in OS Map | View in Google Map
End Point
Wroxham Station View in OS Map | View in Google Map
Total Walk distance
Walk difficulty


The following maps and services can assist in navigating this route. The links include published hard copy as well as online plots and downloadable GPX route data for importing into navigational software and apps.

Ordnance Survey Explorer Map
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Ordnance Survey Explorer Map
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Online Ordnance Survey Route
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Online OpenStreetMap Route
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Online Google Route
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GPX data for route (download)

Details of Accommodation used when performing this walk


Woodhill Park CampsiteView in OS Map | View in Google Map
Located on the clifftops at East Runton, half way between Sheringham and Cromer, this highly recommended touring site is ideal for exploring North Norfolk with public transport available to many destinations from the entrance to the site.


Details of public transport that is required for the walk

Sanders Coaches - bus Service
Service Number
44 - Linking Sheringham, Cromer, Aylsham and Norwich
National Express - Train Service
Service Number
Bittern Line - Bittern line service between Norwich and Sheringham, calling at Wroxham

Walk Data

Date of Walk
Walk Time
10:00 to 15:30
Griffmonster Kat
Weather Conditions
Blustery wind and sunny spells

Walk Notes

Originally we had planned to walk in the opposite direction, but with the prospect of visiting The Shed (see pubs section) at Wroxham we changed plans at the last minute.

The path really is simple and easy to walk with some excellent views of the Bure Valley. The frequent steam trains are a treat to watch and the engine drivers always give a friendly wave as they pass.

One feature that is not mentioned above is that of Little Hautbois House. I can find no records online for this but I am told this is a haunted house with a room that has its windows bricked up and its door sealed in order to contain a violent poltergeist. From the footpath you cannot see the far end of the house where the bricked up window is located and I did not feel inclined to trespass across its grounds. If anyone knows anymore about this then please add a comment.

An end to a perfect day as the sun sets over the River Bure at Wroxham
An end to a perfect day as the sun sets over the River Bure at Wroxham


The path begins at the terminus for the Bure Valley Railway at Aylsham. Just follow the railway, there is no getting lost on this one - one does not even need a map.

To visit Coltishall, exit the railway at Coltishall station and follow the road down into town. Turn left as the road approaches the junction by the petrol station. Continue along this road. The Red Lion pub is on the left past the church. The Kings Head pub is on the right, the last building before on that side of the road out of town. A few yards before the Kings Head there is a footpath on the left. Take this thorugh to the road at the end, turn right and then bear left. Continue along this road until just before it crosses the railway, at which point take the right turning then left at the end where there is a level crossing across the railway and the Bure Valley path can then be continued to Wroxham station.

The impressive array of 50 ales on offer at the Shed in Wroxham.
The impressive array of 50 ales on offer at the Shed in Wroxham.


Red Lion , Coltishall View in OS Map | View in Google Map

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Church Street, Coltishall

The 16th century pub in the centre of Coltishall. Food served. Guest ales and regular beer festivals


Very busy owing to the fact that it was the Easter Weekend. Nonetheless we found a vacant table on the veranda which offered some welcome shade. A pint of Adnams Gunhill and the barman refilled our water bottles without complaint. Very hospitable staff.

Kings Head , Coltishall View in OS Map | View in Google Map

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Wroxham Road, Coltishall

This 17th century Inn is situated on the banks of the River Bure in Coltishall. This stretch of river has free moorings for 24 hours on a 'first come' basis, very handy if arriving on a holiday cruiser or a day hire boat. High quality food and accommodation, together with three ales including Adnams, Green King and a guest Norfolk microbrewery.


The guest beer was brewed specifically for the pub by the Tipples brewery of Acle. A bitter and refreshing pint with hints of spice.

The Boastshed , Wroxham View in OS Map | View in Google Map

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Staithway Road, Wroxham

Originally known as The Shed, this hidden away little bar is housed in an old boat shed. It originally boasted a selection of up to 50 real ales from across Norfolk and thimble samples are given before you made your final choice. Things have since changed and it now offers just two ales and a range of food.


Absolute beer heaven. Over 50 Norfolk ales, what more can I say. Unfortunately this is no longer the case. The name has changed and this has now become a more run of the mill eating house that offers just a couple of token ales.

Buxton mill looms in the distance
Buxton mill looms in the distance


Bure Valley Railway: View in OS Map | View in Google Map

The Bure Valley Railway was built on the track bed of part of the former Great Eastern Railway line between Wroxham and the junction of the Dereham to Wells-next-the-Sea railway at County School. The station at Aysham dates from 1880 and was one of two stations to serve the town. The railway runs a mixture of steam and diesel locamotives with stops at Buxton, Brampton and Coltishall before terminating alongside the mainline railway at Wroxham and Hoveton.

Buxton: View in OS Map | View in Google Map

Buxton is adjacent to the village of Lammas. The two villages are separated by the River Bure at Buxton Mill but are otherwise indistinguishable. Together they form the civil parish of Buxton with Lammas. Buxton watermill, in the lower end of town and visible from the path, is recorded in the Doomsday Book in 1085. William Pepper, a merchant living in Buxton, last rebuilt it as a mill in 1754. The building was constructed of white painted brick and weatherboard with a pantile roof and has been a prominent landmark in the village for many years. The mill was reconstructed after a devastating fire in 1991 and is now 9 luxury apartments. Famous Buxton inhabitants include Anna Sewell, author of Black Beauty, the builder Thomas Cubitt, and Benjamin Griffin, an Eighteenth Century playwright who was the son of a former vicar.

Brampton: View in OS Map | View in Google Map

Although now one of the smallest communities in Norfolk it has a rich history. In particular it was the site of a Roman manufacturing centre from where goods were exported by boat along the river Bure. In excavations in the 1960s evidence of a bath house was found along with many kilns

Coltishall: View in OS Map | View in Google Map

Coltishall was a place of note even when the Domesday Book was compiled. For 250 years it was a centre of the malting industry and many Norfolk wherries were built here.

On the left, deep shades of blue in the River Bure at Wroxham, on the right the ghostly looking Little Hautbois HallOn the left, deep shades of blue in the River Bure at Wroxham, on the right the ghostly looking Little Hautbois Hall
On the left On the left, deep shades of blue in the River Bure at Wroxham, on the right the ghostly looking Little Hautbois Hall; On the right On the left, deep shades of blue in the River Bure at Wroxham, on the right the ghostly looking Little Hautbois Hall


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

Summary of Document Changes

Last Updated: 2017-12-21

2013-04-10 : update broken links
2017-12-21 : general site maintenance + update directions and pub details


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