Walk:

A pic­turesque river­side six mile walk with the Nor­folk Ram­blers

Norfolk - - INSIDE -

We’re on the bor­ders with Nor­folk Ram­blers

DI­REC­TIONS

1 From the car park fac­ing Travis Perkins head to the right-hand cor­ner of the car park, turn right along the cut to the bridge. Cross, turn right to the cor­ner, then turn left to the junc­tion. There, turn right, pass over the river Waveney, cross the road. Tak­ing the path by the river, fol­low the river’s edge to a gate, pass over the stile and fol­low the river, with views across to Bec­cles boat yards and the swim­ming pool. Fol­low the river­side path through the gates at Dun­burgh, where you turn right, then left. Be­low the houses at the marker post, turn right.

2 Go up the new steps to Dun­burgh Road. Turn right, fol­low the road around the cor­ners as far as Manor house farm on your right. At the fin­ger post, turn left, fol­low the field edge to an en­closed path. Watch for a bridge on the right, cross the bridge, fol­low the field edge path, pass­ing the pad­docks to the right. At the road, go straight on. Fol­low to the Gilling­ham dam road

3 If do­ing the short 3.75 mile walk, turn right, fol­low the road­side foot­path back to the bridge. For the longer, six mile walk, cross the road. To the right of the bus shel­ter, you en­ter a signed track. Keep the house Cross­ways to your right. This leads to the A146 which is a busy road, so take care when cross­ing. On the other side of the road pass through the gate, fol­low the path, ig­nor­ing field gates en­trances. The path bears left be­fore a large stand of poplars which will then be to your right. Go up­hill; the view opens out and the hedge is

now on the left. A barn dis­guised as a chapel will be vis­i­ble in the dis­tance to your right. At the top of the rise, the path joins a larger farm track at a T junc­tion.

4 Turn right, fol­low to some farm build­ings, ig­nor­ing the first two right turns to con­crete ac­cess roads. At the third right turn­ing, the gate has signs for Gilling­ham and Hill Farms and the Dog Ho­tel. Go through the sta­bles and out­build­ings. The road through the farm and gar­dens bends left and right. There are oc­ca­sional fin­ger­posts mark­ing the way. Head through a fancy en­trance that looks pri­vate and go down­hill to­wards Boathouse cot­tage. At the bot­tom there is a metal gate onto the river­side path, turn right and fol­low the path along the river­bank. You will even­tu­ally pass un­der the by­pass. At the boat­yard the path bends right to fol­low the perime­ter fence to a stile out onto the road. Turn left back to the bridge, re­turn­ing the way you came out.

POINTS OF IN­TER­EST

AThe steps at Dun­burgh were in a very poor state, but thanks to fund­ing from Nor­folk Ram­blers, Nor­folk Trails and Gilling­ham and Gelde­ston par­ish coun­cils they have been re­placed. The work was car­ried out by vol­un­teers from the Nor­folk Ram­blers and the Bec­cles branch of The River Waveney Trust, a char­ity which is part of the na­tional Rivers Trust move­ment. It took over 150 vol­un­teer hours across five days to com­plete the project.

The River Waveney Trust is also work­ing on a project to start re­build­ing his­toric sec­tions of the river wall, bring­ing to­gether a series of ex­perts and vol­un­teers. There is cur­rently a fundrais­ing drive to raise the £15,000 nec­es­sary for the project costs. To help or do­nate see rwt.tidyhq.com

ABOVE: Stun­ning water­side views on the walk from Bec­cles

The newly re­fur­bished steps at Dun­burgh

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