A lovely five-mile walk with the Norfolk Ramblers
We’re ambling around Coltishall with the Norfolk Ramblers
1 With the common and river on your right go along Anchor Street, passing the attractive houses and converted maltings at the end of the road. At the five-bar gate pass through the gap to the left then through the kissing gate. Ignore the gate off to the left and go straight on. With the hedge on your left, follow the meadows through the gates. At the end of the meadows go over the stile; go along the lane to a finger post and metal gate on the right. Follow the path which will bring you to a gate out on to the street. Go straight on, passing the Staithe and village sign on the right. Follow the road to the corner then take the track, Church Lane, up to the church which is usually open. There is a seat to the rear of the church with views across the valley. The path at the rear of the church just goes down to the riverside and back the same way. Leave the church, turn left back to the road. Turn right, then at the crossroads turn left, follow to the main Coltishall road. Cross the road with care. Go through the gap in the hedge to take the permissive path to the right along the hedge.
2 If doing the short walk turn left at the finger post, follow the field edge path then go through the gap in the hedge. Turn right then left; follow with the hedge on your right. At the next hedge follow; with the hedge on your left. At the end of the hedge turn left towards the arch, taking the steps up to the railway path where you join the main walk at (4). For the main walk carry straight on, following the permissive path to where it ends
coming out onto the road. Follow the road to the entrance of the Bure Valley railway car park. At the station buildings the Bure Valley path begins; follow the path beside the railway.
4 Keep following the path to a gate to the road and the crossing keeper’s cottage. Pass through the gate; keep following the path under the railway bridge. Carry on passing over the bridge; take the steps to your left down to the road. Turn right, follow the road to the sharp left hand bend. Go straight on, taking the enclosed path. Follow this path to a gate out on to the road. Turn left then right diagonally across the car park to a footbridge. Cross the bridge following the river on the common which will bring you back to Anchor Street where you have parked.
POINTS OF INTEREST
AThe Bure Valley Railway is a major tourist attraction and welcomes over 100,000 visitors a year. With a small team of dedicated staff and volunteers the railway operates on a not for profit basis.
The railway is built on the trackbed of the former Great Eastern Railway between Wroxham and Aylsham.
Opened in 1880 the line survived for passenger travel until 1952, 11 years before the infamous Beeching Report. It continued to carry freight until the line was formally closed by British Rail in 1982.
Through a partnership between local government and the private sector, a narrowgauge line was built between Aylsham and Wroxham, with a nine-mile-long footpath running alongside. On July 10, 1990 the Bure Valley Railway was opened by journalist and TV presenter Miles Kington.
ABOVE: Riverside ramble on the Bure Valley path
Plenty to see on the walk