Walk:

A lovely five-mile walk with the Nor­folk Ram­blers

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We’re am­bling around Coltishall with the Nor­folk Ram­blers

DI­REC­TIONS

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

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