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The Weavers Way

The Weavers Way, 30th April to 4th May 2015

The Weavers Way covers 56 miles between Cromer and Great Yarmouth, through varied but very level Norfolk terrain. Splitting this into five days of walking from Cromer was an interesting challenge, but by walking some sections in reverse (ie South to North), using buses on the first 3 days, a 14-seater taxi on the Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday, and trains at the end, we completed the trail without problem.

On our first afternoon we took the bus to the attractive village of Aldborough, walking back to Cromer via Sustead with its interesting round towered church, and the National Trust property of Felbrigg Hall.

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 Start of the Walk at Aldborough  Hanworth Common  Sustead Church

The second day we walked from Aldborough to Aylsham via another round towered church at Thwaite, and Blickling Hall for lunch. Bypassing Aylesham we then followed the track of the old Midland and Great Northern Railway line from King’s Lynn to North Walsham for our bus back to Cromer.

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Approaching Blickling Hall Blickling Hall Hazardous Footpath?

Saturday was the longest days walk of about 15 miles. We took two cars back to North Walsham, then the bus to Potter Heigham, rejoining the Weavers Way after walking a mile to the edge of Hickling Broad (invisible for reed beds, but good for bird watching.) At Hickling Heath however there was a welcome stop beside the marina after two miles of road walking before we continued to Stalham for a café lunch and Tesco!  A long haul along a disused railway track followed,  before striking across country back to North Walsham.

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Hickling Broads Weathervane for the Broads A Splash of Colour

 Bad weather was threatened for Sunday, when we took a taxi to Halvergate. Coping with the light drizzle we spent some time looking at the semi-ruined church, heading North across farmland to join the river Bure at Acle. After a welcome coffee stop at the Bridge Inn we followed the river to Thurn for lunch, the sun obligingly breaking through for our picnic, attended by a family of Egyptian geese! Continuing to the famous bridge at Potter Heigham  and then to our pickup point.

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Wet day on the River Bure A Local Family at Thume? Windmill at Thume

 Our last day saw us back at Halvergate for a trek across the marshes to the promise offered by ‘Berney Arms’ on the river Yar. This even has a tiny halt on the railway line between Great Yarmouth and Norwich, but alas the pub was forlorn, closed, empty and up for sale. Even the impressive windmill, owned by English Heritage, was no longer open daily, only on application with the ticket office abandoned and derelict. Signs of the sea were now evident and we followed the tidal river for the next five miles to Yarmouth station.

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 Drainage Ditch east of Halvergate  Drainage Mill east of Halvergate  One of many Nature Reserves

 The Weavers Way itself proved to be very well signposted (sometimes very recently) trail, and all in all this was another very enjoyable spring holiday.

Wednesday, April 25, 2018