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Thursday, 1 December 2016

Horstead to Heggatt Circular Walk

Horstead millpond and mill

A stroll along the southern side of the River Bure to the ancient hamlet of Heggatt

This short walk takes one through country lanes and along old tracks and footpaths on the southern side of the River Bure. Highlights include the ruins of Horstead Mill and views across the valley to Coltishall and Belaugh. Plus a walk would not be complete without a little piece of folklore, and this one is all about a prophesy centred around a tree on Heggatt Common

Sunday, 14 June 2015

The Wherrymans Way - Rockland to Loddon

Hardley Drainage Mill

A 15 mile walk along Norfolks Wherrymans Way

The only way one can see the sights of the River Yare is to either sail the river or walk the Wherrymans Way. Even in a boat one cannot get as good a view as the path along the heightened defence banks. This is stereotypical Norfolk in all its glory and although it is a lengthy section of walking, it is well worth the effort.

Sunday, 29 March 2015

Bure River Walk from Coltishall to Brampton

Buxton Mill

An easy and captivating walk along Norfolks River Bure

Not only does this walk provide some classic Norfolk scenery and historic features but it also traces the route said to be taken by the phantom carriage of Sir Thomas Boleyn in his annual act of penance for betraying his daughter Anne when she was sentenced to be executed. The walk is then made into a circular route by returning via the Bure Valley Path alongside the narrow gauge Bure Valley railway.

Sunday, 17 August 2014

Winterton to Great Yarmouth Beach Walk


A 9 mile beach walk between along the Norfolk coast from Winterton to Great Yarmouth

This walk is probably better known as Robinson Crusoe's walk since this is where Daniel Defoe places his character, in the novel of the same name, after being shipwrecked with a resulting walk to Great Yarmouth. Although such a stormy day would not make the best of walks, when the sun shines and the tide is out this really is a great walk.

Thursday, 7 August 2014

Happisburgh to Winterton Beach Walk

Happisburgh from Eccles

An 11 mile beach walk between along the Norfolk coast from Happisburgh to Winterton

Providing the tide is right, this is a fantastic beach walk with miles of golden sand and, if you are lucky, the sight of seals basking in the sunshine. Probably one of the best beach walks on this coastline.

Tuesday, 1 October 2013

Suffolk Coast Path - Lowestoft to Southwold Inland Route

Covehithe church

A 17 mile walk using the official inland route to the Suffolk Coast Path

Due to erosion and tides the Suffolk Coast Path takes an inland diversion for the section between Southwold and Lowestoft. Although the alternative beach route can be accessed providing the tides are right, this route nonetheless has its worth especially for the picturesque section around Frostenden.

Thursday, 22 August 2013

Angles Way - Earsham to Beccles

Waveney Valley from Mettingham

A 12 mile walk along the Angles Way between Earsham and Beccles

The walk starts by heading up the hills that overlook Outney Common. This is a really rewarding start to an easy ramble that continues across the Waveney Valley to Mettingham before continuing down the Waveney Valley. Although Geldeston is on the opposite side of the river to The Angles Way the excursion across the Shipmeadow marshes is well worth the effort to visit the unique Geldeston Locks Inn.

Sunday, 14 July 2013

Wherrymans Way - Norwich to Thurton

River Yare at Bramerton

A 13 mile walk along Norfolks Wherrymans Way

This is a delightful riverside walk following the River Yare out of Norwich and through to Rockland St Mary. Public transport can link the start and end by navigating down quiet country lanes to Thurton. Whitlingham Country Park provides an easy route to start and there's refreshment stops at Woods End and the Ferry Inn at Surlingham.

Sunday, 14 April 2013

A Norfolk Broads Walk from Neatishead to Horning

Cormorants on Barton Broad

An easy 6 mile walk following the River Ant down to the Bure at Horning.

The Norfolk Broads are full of ghostly stories and this walk brings a few to life. From the spooky lights of Hoards Hole, encounters with Black Shuck and the curious transformation of Horning's riverside houses to Saxon days when it was just a grassy bank, there is plenty to reflect upon as one wanders the footpaths and quiet country lanes that make up this route. And maybe, who may tell, given the right conditions, you may even glimpse a spectral view from another dimension.

Saturday, 22 October 2011

An Autumns Ramble to Witness the Yare Navigation Race


A 12 mile walk from Loddon to Reedham along the Wherrymans Way, returning along the same route.

I have wanted to walk the Wherrymans Way for some years now and this section is the starter for the rest of the route. This is the only section that does not have specific public transport and would need a journey to either Great Yarmouth or Norwich to get back to the start. Thus it was on this particular walk that we decided to treat it as a straight forward there and back walk, which was about 11 miles in total. To add to the interest, it was the day of the annual Yare Navigation Race, and although not a budding enthusiast for sailing craft, it nonetheless provided a topic for the day and added interest to the walk. The route is a mixture of footpaths and quiet country lanes passing the quaint little 12th century church of St Gregory at Hecklingham and the curiously named hamlet of Nogdam End before having to cross the River Yare on the Reedham Ferry, which was free for those having a drink at the Ferry Inn which necessitated us having to stop off for a pint of Ferrymans Ale. Its a tough life!

Thursday, 18 August 2011

Seals, sea and sand at Horsey Gap


A 15 mile circular walk along the Norfolk Coast between Happisburgh and Horsey Gap to witness the Seals

Leaving the car at Happisburgh car park it is possible to walk the beach all the way down to Horsey Gap and return along the dunes and tracks to make a circular walk of just over 15 miles. This is dependant upon the state of tide and requires customising the walk in line with the tide. The highlight of the beach walk on this occasion was encountering a group of seals basking in the sunshine close to Horsey. It is amazing how docile they are and we were able to happily take snapshots without disturbing them. The walk along the tracks and lanes alongside the dunes between Eccles and Sea Palling is an insight. There are numerous shacks and chalets that appear to be permanent homes along this stretch of coast. The ground behind the dunes is very low lying all the way through to Hickling Broad and Horsey Meer and this vulnerable section of coast has the constant threat of being reclaimed by the sea. If such an event did happen then towns like Stalham, Potter Heigham and Martham could all become coastal resorts.

A visit to the rather curious Happisburgh

Happisburgh lighthouse

A simple 3 mile circular walk along the Norfolk Coast between Happisburgh and Eccles

Happisburgh is curious - it is slowly being taken by the sea, its houses slowly falling victim to the tides. The pub gardens boast a signal box to a railway line that never got built. A lighthouse stands guard to the south and its lifeboat is located at the next village of Eccles. In recent times the tide has uncovered prehistoric human footprints. And there is local folklore of ghostly smugglers and misdeeds. Very curious indeed.

Sunday, 14 November 2010

Norfolk/Suffolk Coast - Gorleston to Kessingland

A 14 mile coastal walk between Gorleston and Kessingland crossing the border from Norfolk to Suffolk

There is no official footpath for the route that crosses the border between Norfolk and Suffolk and parts of the beach are inaccessible due to coastal erosion and crumbling sea defences. However, it is still possible to walk this section using a mixture of beach walking and paths across the cliffs. The highlight has to be Ness Point which is the most easterly point of the British Isles.

Sunday, 7 November 2010

Angles Way - Belton to Oulton Broad

Somerleyton pond

A 14 mile walk along the Angles Way between Belton and Oulton Broad, crossing the border from Norfolk to Suffolk

The Angles Way roughly follows the River Waveney down to Oulton Broad from Belton although there are very few locations where the river can be viewed. Most of the route is across fields, along country lanes and through little bits of woodland. It is a pleasant full afternoons walk with a couple of pubs en route for refreshment. The main place of interest is Somerleyton, named after a peace loving Viking, Sumarlithi, who arrived in the 10th century. It is now a sleepy little village, famed for being the home to Christopher Cockerell, the inventor of the hovercraft, but more renowned for its connection with Gradabor, a giant who once ransacked the area. Some say his ghost still returns to re-enact this destruction.

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.

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.

Friday, 30 April 2010

Weavers Way - Potter Heigham to Great Yarmouth

The Wherry, Albion, at Thurne, a traditional broads cargo ship
The Wherry, Albion, at Thurne, a traditional broads cargo ship
There are two paths that link North Walsham to Cromer, The Paston Way which goes up via the coast, and this section of the Weavers Way which heads to Aylsham then heads north through Blickling and Felbrigg. The Weavers Way is by far the longest and at 24 miles it is a full days hike. It is possible to break the walk down into smaller sections but after a summer of plenty of walks we felt we were fit to do this in one go. This is arguably the most interesting section of the Weavers Way with Blickling Hall, Felbrigg Hall and Cromer Hall all on the route as well as ghostly stories of Anne Boleyn and Black Shuck to urge ones pace on before nightfall. And it is always good to walk those final steps to Cromer Pier where the end points of the Weavers Way, the Paston Way and the North Norfolk Coastal Paths all meet. Aching legs but very much well worth it.

Tuesday, 29 September 2009

Weavers Way - Potter Heigham to North Walsham

A 20 mile walk along the Weavers Way between Potter Heigham and North Walsham

The Weavers Way winds its way along the River Thurne and then up Candle Dyke to Hickling Broad. From here it cuts across country to Stalham where it picks up the old railway trackbed through to just south of North Walsham. It is a full days walk with plenty of refreshment stops en route and plenty to see and do along the way.

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