Nor­folk Ram­blers take us on a well-marked Nor­folk trails cir­cu­lar walk us­ing part of the Ped­dar’s Way long dis­tance path

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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

Court­yard Farm

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

Tri­an­gu­la­tion Point

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

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