County walk

PETER JAMES, of Nor­folk Ram­blers, takes us around a fine walk not far from Acle

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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

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