We’re out for a beau­ti­ful walk around one of the county’s most his­toric sites with Nor­folk Ram­blers

EDP Norfolk - - Inside - WORDS: Pe­ter James

Step out around his­toric Cas­tle Acre


From the car park fol­low the hedge down on the grass to the bot­tom; turn right, pass through the gap in the hedge at the road turn left, then right on to Blind Lane. This is part of the Ped­dars Way long dis­tance path. At the end turn left – on your left are good views of the pri­ory – fol­low the road round, cross­ing the bridge at the ford, turn right at the fin­ger­post leav­ing the Ped­dars Way you will pass South Acre Church on the left.


Turn left onto Pet­ti­coat Drove. Be­side South Acre Hall fol­low the track to a junc­tion of tracks with a pond on the right. Turn right at the marker post, fol­low the track. Cross­ing the first track you will come to a large oak tree with a marker post; turn right here fol­low it down; at the road take the path straight on. This will bring you to the Nar Val­ley Way.


Turn right – this part is on ac­cess land so you are free to fol­low any path if fol­low­ing the track. At the marker post bear left to the road, fol­low the marker post, cross the bridge over the river. The sec­tion be­tween the bridges can be very wet af­ter rain; we hope to fund a board­walk for this sec­tion in the near fu­ture. Fol­low the board­walk, tak­ing the path through the woods, pass through the gate on to Cas­tle Acre Com­mon which is an SSSI. Go through the gate on to Com­mon Road; at the tar­mac road turn right then left. At the en­trance to the pri­ory turn left, fol­low­ing the road along the high street, pass­ing the 13th cen­tury bai­ley gate at the cor­ner. Fol­low the road past the vil­lage hall back to the start.

Cas­tle Acre Pri­ory ABOVE:

RIGHT: River Nar

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