19 December 2016

Top 10 Norfolk Christmas Day Walks

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As it is a common tradition in many families, we decided to make a list of the top ten Christmas Day walks away from the cold wind of the coast.

  1. Bintree Mill

A short walk, ideal for those who love discovering picturesque settings. The old, disused watermill dates back to the 1750s only stopping production recently in 1980. This beautiful five-storey, red-brick building is on the river Wensum and is a hotspot for a bit of fly-fishing. It’s worth a visit if you’re a fan of George Eliot, as it was featured on the BBC’s adaptation of ‘The Mill on the Floss’.

  1. Bawsey Lakes

Calm lakes with manmade beaches and Birch littered hills. The tranquil lakes are quite a site and although you might be tempted to paddle, the undergrowth makes it unadvisable for swimming. The nearby ruins of the St James Church are also worth a visit.

  1. Three Brick Arches

A track in a figure of 8 shape that follows the River Wensum and also Fakenham Golf Course. If climb atop the bridge you’ll see the remainder of the old train tracks. Home to a variety of wildlife, from grazing sheep to highland cows.

  1. Swanton Morley (Carrick Estate)

A circular walk through traditional Norfolk farming landscape with shorter options available. There are beautiful views of the all saints church, wildflower fields, and an old deer park. Be sure to look out for Canadian geese and white cattle grazing.

  1. Peddars Way

Follow an old Roman Road totalling 46 miles in length! You don’t need to walk the whole stretch to appreciate the beauty. Legend has it that the famous Norfolk spectre, Black Shuck, frequents this route. Age-old folklore states that a big, shaggy dog with flaming eyes lurk the East Anglia lanes and coastline.

  1. Gressenhall

A moderate walk that links Gressenhall and Beetley. Cross the Nar, a river from the Great Ouse which was recently recognised as one of the top ten improved rivers. Then see Gressenhall Farm and look out for the Suffolk Punch working horses, a very rare breed.

  1. Horstead to Coltishall

The recently restorted Horstead Mill is a great site to begin your journey. Follow the River Bure that links up with the Norfolk Broads. When you arrive at Coltishall head to the lock and see what birds you can spot there.

  1. Marriotts Way

Another walk you can dip in and out of! The whole route goes from Norwich to Alysham and incorporates much of what these other walks have to offer! Wildlife, disused train tracks and a couple of Rivers. A great walk if you have little ones as their website offers an
activity sheets.

  1. Litcham Common

Declared a nature reserve in 1984 on the Nar Valley Way – distinguished for its purple-moor grass which dominates most of the grassy heathland. A long walk accessible to everyone. Best known for the wild, Dartmoor ponies who live and graze year-round at the common.  As of last year, they are now occasionally joined by grazing cattle.
Expect to see: Lesser-spotted woodpeckers, adders, Simon, Lucky, Freedom and George (the ponies).

  1. Brisley Common

One of the largest grazing commons in the U.K. and quite the sight when it is crowded with sheep! A beautiful walk throughout Brisley and next year you’ll be able to pop in to warm up with a mulled wine or a hot chocolate.

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