PETER JAMES, of Norfolk Ramblers, takes us around a fine walk not far from Acle
Get your boots on and head for North Burlingham
1 From the church car park, with the church on your right, go ahead through a wooden gate to a notice board and take the path to the right. At a junction of paths by a seat keep to the right-hand path. As you exit the wood you meet a crossing track with a gate to your right signed ‘10 Hall Cottage’. Continue on the path opposite. At an information board just inside the Millennium Wood turn right and follow this path passing a seat and a wooden swap box on your right. At a crossing track with a finger post turn left towards Long Plantation. Just before a road, at a finger post signed Austin’s Wood 250 metres, take the footpath round to the right to run alongside the road. After a short distance, and at a finger post, cross the road (the B1140) turn right along the field edge to the corner and turn left then right over a wooden bridge passing a pond on your right. Follow the broad way through new woodland; go either side of a large circular hollow with a cube sun dial over to your left. (The construction and installation of the cube sundial took place over a twoyear period in 2012 and 2013) then the path curves to the left. At the end of the woodland, by a fingerpost signed ‘Hare Fen Wood 900 metres’, walk through the hedge line to a field edge path and turn left. At the field corner turn right along the righthand edge of the field. The path joins a track coming in from your right near Hare Fens Farm, passing an old pump on the left by the farm. Then at a white-painted finger post in the hedge, signed ‘Hare Fen Wood’, turn left following a path around the edge of Hare Fen Wood. Emerge on to a lane with a white finger post signed ‘Fairhaven Gardens 1,100 metres’, turn left to the edge of South Walsham. 2 At the road junction cross to a pavement and turn left, walking through South Walsham. Continue to the junction by the former King’s Arms pub and fork left. Just before St Mary’s Close on the right, turn left along a track, signed ‘Town Green Wood 100 metres’. At the end of the track turn right into the wood. The gravel path leads to a seat and a map board, from this point continue in the same direction, gradually getting closer to houses on the right. Cross the streamlet on a small bridge go around a pond on your left and continue to the road. Turn right and then left along the one way street past the no entry signs. Cross over the B1140 and continue along Burlingham Road. 3 At the first junction turn right and follow this around a left bend to the next junction, where you turn right. Then soon turn right along a track and continue along to the B1140. If you are doing the short walk carry straight on; passing the church, follow the road to No. 5 where you re-join the main walk.
4 Turn left (take care along the narrow and busy road) and after about 150 yards turn left again into the driveway of Honeysuckle Cottage. Go through the gate heading to the right of two wooden sheds at the end of the garden, into a sunken lane which soon narrows to a path. At the two gates near Panxworth Hall Farm go through the one on the left. Continue to Pedham Road and turn left. At the second passing place, which is on your left, turn left into a track. Keep to the main track; at a junction of tracks with Low Barn on your left, turn right for a short distance to the road. Turn right for a short distance along the road and then left onto a footpath opposite 157 Foxley Cottage. Follow field edge path to a residential road with The Old Stables 42a in front of you, turn left away from the houses on a track to a road (High Noon Lane) and turn left. At the crossroads turn right into Hemblington Hall Road. 5 Continue along Hemblington Hall Road, passing Hemblington Hall on your right. Just beyond a house on the left turn right through a gate into Adam’s Wood and fork left. At the end of the field turn left signed ‘Jary’s Wood’. The path joins a track on a corner; keep ahead going round a double bend and continue to join a road on a corner. Go ahead and continue passing the junction on the right, then just beyond a thatched barn on your left, turn right along a signed footpath. At the far end of a horse paddock the path turns briefly left to a gate; go through the gate and turn right to follow the right edge of the woodland back to the start of the walk.
Top: Resident duck population by the pond
Above: Side Face of Cube Sun Dial Below: Sacristan’s Garden at St Lawrence, South Walsham
St Lawrence and St Mary’s churches at South Walsham