Norfolk Ramblers take us on a well-marked Norfolk trails circular walk using part of the Peddar’s Way long distance path
Step out around Ringstead with the Norfolk Ramblers
1 On leaving the car park turn right down the high street passing the Gin Trap pub and the village hall. Take the road to the left, signed for the Peddars Way. At the junction follow the road round to the right.
At the next junction go straight on, passing the pond on your right; this is the old Roman road and you follow this for two kilometres (just over a mile).
2 Turn left, going straight on. Passing the pumphouse on the right, follow the track, passing Stormhill plantation on your left. At the road go straight over; carry on, following the track to Courtyard Farm.
Go straight on, passing through Wharton’s Belt. Keep on the track to the road; turn right then left.
At the crossroads follow to the next corner, go straight on, follow the track to the top of the rise where you will come to a Trig point.
3 You now have excellent views over the north Norfolk coast. From here turn left and follow the road for a short distance. Take the track straight ahead along Green Bank. At the road turn left; at the houses there is a windmill to your right. Follow the road to the junction, turn right, follow to the next junction. Turn left following the road back to the car park.
POINTS OF INTEREST The Peddars Way National Trail
AThe Peddars Way is 46 miles (74 km) long and follows the route of a Roman road. It has been suggested by more than one writer that it was not created by the Romans but was an ancient
trackway, a branch or extension of the Icknield Way, used and remodelled by the Romans. The name is said to be derived from the Latin pedester – on foot.
It is first mentioned on a map of 1587 AD. It starts at Knettishall Heath in Suffolk (near the Norfolk-Suffolk border, about seven kilometres, or four miles, east of Thetford) and it links with the Norfolk Coast Path at Holmenext-the-Sea. nationaltrail.co.uk/peddarsway-and-norfolk-coast-path
BCourtyard Farm is a haven for wildlife. Since the 1960s the owners have avoided ripping out any hedges, and have created new ponds, planted new native woodland and some new hedges. Since the 1990s they have created over 100 acres of new wildflower chalk grassland, and miles of wildflower strips around fields
– as a result they were one of the only farms listed in the Good Gardens Guide.
Above all, through becoming fully organic over 15 years ago, the farm has stopped using chemical sprays to kill insects and weeds and as a result has seen rapid increases in the number and variety of native insects, birds and mammals on the farm. courtyardfarm.co.uk
C2016 marked 80 years since the trig pillar was first used in the retriangulation of Great Britain, on April 18, 1936. Triangulation is a mathematical process that makes accurate map making possible. In the early 20th century, map making was still based on the Principal Triangulation which was a piecemeal collection of observations taken between 1783 and 1853. The system couldn’t support the more accurate mapping needed to track the rapid development of Britain going on after the First World War.
ABOVE: The mill tower at Ringstead