Walk:

A lovely walk around his­toric Reepham, Whitwell and the Mar­riott’s Way path

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We are in Reepham this month

This beau­ti­ful fivemile walk passes two ex­cel­lently pre­served and re­stored rail­way sta­tions, the M&GN Whitwell and Reepham Sta­tion, as well as the GER Reepham Sta­tion. Both are now cafés, with Whitwell and Reepham also hav­ing a li­censed bar, sta­tion mu­seum, shop, and of­fer­ing oc­ca­sional train rides. The site of Reepham Sta­tion is also home to a pine work­shop.

The his­toric mar­ket town of Reepham has no fewer than 61 listed build­ings, two churches, a Wed­nes­day morn­ing mar­ket, and pubs, cafés, and restau­rants.

1

From the car park leave by the back, turn­ing left on the foot­path. Cross the road, tak­ing the foot­path to the right down to Oland’s Road. Turn left at the main road; cross, bear right then left to the fin­ger­post for the Mar­riott’s Way. Go un­der the bridge pass­ing the old Reepham Sta­tion on your left.

At the bridge take the steps down to the road, turn right then left up the hill be­side the road. At the end of the woods take Smug­glers Lane to the right; at the end of the road turn right then left on to Park Lane. At the end of the road go on along the path to the end, turn right, fol­low the path be­side the school play­ing fields then turn left fol­low­ing the path to the fin­ger post for the Mar­riott’s Way. Turn left over the bridge and you will come to Whitwell Sta­tion. On the left there are toi­lets and re­fresh­ments avail­able.

2

On leav­ing the sta­tion turn left at the bridge, take the steps down to the road, turn left fol­low­ing the road to the junc­tion. Turn right then left be­side Eade’s Mill. At the end

of the road turn left, pass­ing Manor Farm; at the cor­ner take the signed path to the left. This will bring you to a gate out to Whitwell Street.

Carry straight on to the cor­ner, take the sur­faced path straight on; this will bring you to an arch out on to Back Street. Turn left then right into Pud­ding Pie Al­ley – this brings you to the mar­ket place. Cross the road be­tween the build­ings; there is a signed path to the car park at the end of your walk.

Reepham’s two sta­tions

Within the space of two years in the early 1880s, Reepham joined the rail­way age with not one, but two sta­tions on two dif­fer­ent lines. Reepham Sta­tion was closer to town while Whitwell Sta­tion was the most di­rect route to Nor­wich.

AReep­ham Sta­tion it­self was con­structed on the GER line to the north of the town, with a sta­tion build­ing, large goods shed and a num­ber of sid­ings. The build­ings, apart from the sig­nal box, are still ex­tant and have been con­verted into com­mer­cial premises.

The site of the sig­nal box may re­late to a sec­tion of brick and con­crete foun­da­tions by the side of the track on the ap­proach to the sta­tion, and the sta­tion site also has earth­work banks which may re­late to the sid­ings.

BWhitwell Sta­tion is the last M&GN sta­tion on the Mar­riott’s Way, and the sur­viv­ing sta­tion build­ing is iden­ti­cal in char­ac­ter to the other sta­tions along the line. The sta­tion orig­i­nally had two sid­ings, a goods shed and cat­tle pens in ad­di­tion to the main sta­tion build­ing and plat­forms. The sta­tion has re­cently been re­stored and re­opened to the public as the Whitwell and Reepham Rail­way. It was known as Whitwell and Reepham Sta­tion on the M&GN, al­low­ing pas­sen­gers on the M&GN to dis­em­bark for Reepham.

ABOVE: Whitwell Sta­tion

Walk­ing on Mar­riott’s Way

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