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