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Sunday Guided Walks on the Bittern & Wherry Lines

Our Famous Guided Walks 2016 - June 2017
Step out on Sundays!

These walks are led by volunteer leaders. They are FREE to rail ticket holders; those arriving by car will be asked to pay a £5 fee to the leader.

Bring your own refreshments, as not all walks reach a pub or cafe at lunchtime. Due to train times, walks are designed for those coming from Norwich. People coming from elsewhere are of course welcome, but do check train times carefully! We aim to be back in Norwich before 17.00. The distances given are approximate.

Whilst every effort is made to ensure the programme is as advertised, the Partnerships cannot accept responsibility for any changes or cancellations. If you are in any doubt as to whether the walk is going ahead (due to exceptionally bad weather, perhaps), please ring Natural Surroundings on 01263 711 091. Whilst the leaders take every care before and during the walks, all participation is at the walker's own risk.

Dogs are welcome; there is no charge for dogs on the train. However, we respectfully ask that they are kept on a short lead at all times, as the walks go through fields with livestock and nature reserves with feeding and nesting birds. Please help to maintain the Bittern and Wherry Lines' good image with the people who live and work in the countryside.

If you are interested in becoming a walk leader, please talk to the leader of the walk you are on, as we are always seeking to gain new expertise.


21 August 2016 ~ The Norwich Historical

Our annual tour of lesser known Norwich! c. 4 miles
Meet outside Norwich station at 11:00.
Led by Chris Wood

18 September 2016 ~ A Hint of the Waveney

Towards the River Waveney around Carlton Marshes and the wildlife centre. About 6 miles
10.58 train from Norwich; alight Oulton Broad N, 11.36.
Led by Eileen Oliver

16 October 2016 ~ Gander at Gimingham

From Gunton towards Gimingham and Trimingham, returning via Southrepps. About 7 miles
10.36 train from Norwich; alight Gunton, 11.12.
Led by Eileen Oliver & Michael Bugden

Norfolk Walking Festival 22-30 October 2016

23 October 2016 ~ Passage to Pigneys

Along the Paston Way, a disused railway track and canal to Pigneys Wood and nature reserve. About 7½ miles
10.36 train from Norwich; alight N Walsham, 11.03.
Led by Michael Bugden & Eileen Oliver

30 October 2016 ~ Somerleyton Saunter

A clockwise route around the estate passing reminders of past and recent history. About 7½ miles
10.58 train from Norwich; alight Somerleyton, 11.30.
Led by Michael Bugden

20 November 2016 ~ Paths to Poppyland

Quiet lanes & field paths via Crossdale St., Northrepps, Overstrand and clifftop path to Cromer. About 6½ miles
10.36 train from Norwich; alight Roughton Rd, 11.18.
Led by Michael Bugden
Please purchase a return ticket to Cromer.

11 December 2016 ~ Christmas Special

Our regular Xmas walk, with an opportunity to exchange traditional food with fellow walkers at the lunch stop; details announced on Autumn walks.
Led by Michael Bugden

15 January 2017 ~ Windle and Woodland

Acle, through recently established woods to those at N Burlingham, back along the Windle. About 6 miles
10.45 train from Norwich; alight Acle, 11.05.
Led by Eileen Oliver & Michael Bugden

19 February 2017 ~ The Leathercoat Trail

Along lanes past the site of the fomer Westwick Arch and northwards to Shanton Hill, through woodlands to North Walsham. About 6½ miles
10.36 train from Norwich; alight Worstead, 10.58.
Led by Eileen Oliver
Please purchase a return ticket to N Walsham.

19 March 2017 ~ Canter from Cantley

Hassingham, Buckenham, Strumpshaw and Braydeston, with very little road walking, to Brundall. About 6½ miles
10.58 train from Norwich; alight Cantley, 11.13.
Led by Michael Bugden

16 April 2017 ~ Norfolk Heights

Please note that there is a bus replacement service operating on the Bittern Line and no trains will be running due to works associated with the Northern Distributor Road construction. For details of the bus replacement service please click here.

From West Runton, a trail to prove that Norfolk is not entirely flat, perhaps a little beach walking. About 7 miles
10.36 train from Norwich; alight West Runton, 11:32.
Led by Gavin Farrow

21 May 2017 ~ Riverside Ramble

From the marshes along the riverside passing drainage mills and swing bridge, to Reedham. About 4 miles
09.36 train from Norwich; alight Berney Arms, 10.03.
Led by Michael Bugden
Please purchase a return ticket to Berney Arms.

18 June 2017 ~ Down Felmingham Way

Initially through townscape, but soon in countryside towards Antingham, then SW via Felmingham and back to North Walsham. About 7 miles
10.36 train from Norwich; alight N Walsham, 11.03.
Led by Eileen Oliver & Michael Bugden

Railway Rambles from the Bittern and Wherry Lines

The smaller stations on the Bittern and Wherry Lines lend themselves to getting out into the countryside for pleasure, relaxation and health. Bus links, especially the Coasthopper, extend opportunities for walking from the train. Ordnance Survey Explorer map OL40 covers the whole of the Wherry Lines, and the Bittern Line as far as North Walsham. Map 252 covers the rest, and maps 251 and 250 extend along the north coast. These maps are ideal for walkers and cyclists.

As well as its programme of guided walks, the Bittern and Wherry Lines have produced books of walks to follow from stations. Copies are available from Community Rail Norfolk, c/o Broadland District Council, Thorpe Lodge, 1 Yarmouth Road, Norwich NR7 0DU. Please send a cheque for £2.50 per book (including postage & packing), made out to Community Rail Norfolk. (They cannot be collected from Broadland District Council's offices.)

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