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Norfolk Walk: Snettisham

PUBLISHED: 08:53 12 April 2013 | UPDATED: 08:53 12 April 2013

Norfolk Walk: Snettisham

Norfolk Walk: Snettisham

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This pleasant walk in north-west Norfolk can be split into two shorter walks. The shorter of the two walks (3.75 miles) travels along a good track over rolling countryside to the little hamlet of Eaton and returns along a permissive path with good views all around.

SNETTISHAM

Start: Snettisham Church

Map: Explorer 250 G/R TF 690342

Distance: 7.25 miles (or 4 miles & 3.75 miles)

Public Transport: Snettisham is on a regular bus route from Kings Lynn.

Timetables: 0871 2002233, www.travelineeastanglia.co.uk

This pleasant walk in north-west Norfolk can be split into two shorter walks. The shorter of the two walks (3.75 miles) travels along a good track over rolling countryside to the little hamlet of Eaton and returns along a permissive path with good views all around.

The medium walk (4 miles) takes an arc round the east of Snettisham, visiting the village of Ingoldisthorpe, and also makes use of permissive paths. It returns past the site of a Roman Villa and the Park Farm visitors’ attraction. The countryside on this walk is quite varied and the route follows the tiny River Ingol for a short distance. The permissive paths are all are available until at least 2018.

Snettisham is an ancient settlement famous for the find of a horde of precious metal objects, the finest Iron Age treasure ever discovered in this country, known as the Snettisham Treasure.

Nikolaus Pevsner calls St Mary’s Church; Snettisham, ‘Perhaps the most exciting decorated church in Norfolk’. The spire, 172ft high, is a landmark to mariners in the Wash and also around the walk.

Unfortunately, the churches at both Snettisham and Ingoldisthorpe often have to be kept locked, but there are notices about the key holders.

There are no opportunities for refreshment on the route, but there is The Rose and Crown public house in Snettisham village.

■ Go through the churchyard past the church and out of a gate into a track (Eaton Drove) with a new a graveyard opposite.

■ For the Medium Walk: Turn right along the track to the road. Cross it, go into the permissive path opposite and turn left. Continue to just before a junction and turn right onto another permissive field-edge path. Continue as described below.

■ For the Long and Short Walks: Turn left along the track and continue ahead, ignoring a footpath coming in on the left and the farm tracks. Go past old farm buildings on the left, going gradually uphill and then down, for about one and a half miles. Then bend rightwards with the track and then right again, going past Eaton Farm over to the left in the tiny hamlet of Eaton. Continue ahead past a barn that is being renovated. Then, just before reaching the road, go right onto a permissive path with a hedge and road running parallel on the left. Follow this path through a wood and then continue again on the field edge. When almost at the top of the hill, on meeting a track at the end of the field, go through a gap on the left, cross the road into the field opposite and then turn right along another permissive path running parallel with the other side of the road. Then, at the next gap on the right, re-cross the road to the field opposite and turn left, continuing downhill to reach a road at a junction. Cross the road into a field corner.

■ For the Short Walk: Turn right along the permissive path then, at its end, continue along the road back to the church.

■ For the Long and Medium Walks: Continue ahead on the permissive path with the hedge and lane on the left. Then, at the crossroads, cross leftwards, past an interesting notice board, into a field. Turn left along another permissive field-edge path with a hedge and road on the left. Continue to an electric substation and go out to the road. Turn right past the substation. Then turn right again into another field on a signed permissive path with a hedge and the substation on the right.

■ Continue ahead, then go leftwards round a barn and ahead again on the track in the same direction with a hedge on the right. Go past a wooded area, ahead over a crossing footpath and follow the track downhill. Go over a stream and rightwards round the sewage works. Continue along the track then, just before meeting a lane, turn right on a permissive path with a hedge and lane on the left and Ingoldisthorpe Church ahead. Just before the end of the field, go left through a gap and right along the lane past the school. To visit St Michael and All Angels Church, go down a drive on the right.

■ Otherwise, continue along the lane and go right at the junction. At the next junction, go ahead into a signed public footpath. Continue on the path with a meadow on the right then, at the end, go through the barriers to a lane. Turn right then, at the road, turn right for a few paces. Turn left onto a signed grassy track. Then go over a crossing permissive path and take the path going slightly rightwards across the field on the tractor lines. At the end of the field, go ahead over a wooden bridge, then left along the path. Go over another wooden bridge and through a metal kissing gate.

■ As the path bends left, go ahead through a wooden gate and across the meadow making for the right-hand side of the houses. Pass a sign about the Roman Villa. Go through a wooden gate and continue ahead on a grassy track with a house on the left. At the end of the path, at a crossing farm track, go ahead slightly rightwards through a metal gate making for the church in the distance. At the road, with Park Farm on the right, go left past Manor Farm to the crossroads opposite Snettisham Church.

JOIN THE RAMBLERS

The Ramblers is Britain’s walking charity which has been working to encourage more people to take up walking and to safeguard footpaths and the countryside for 75 years. Whether you’re an old hand or a complete beginner, the organisation can help you get the best out of walking through its network of local groups.

The Norwich Group has been established for more than 35 years and was the first group in the Norfolk Area of the Ramblers Association.

Non-members are welcome to join all walks in national festivals and some special events and programmes. Most regular walks are intended for Ramblers members, but you are welcome to attend two or three walks on a try-out basis.

■ For more information about the Ramblers’ Association call 01508 538654 or visit: www.ramblers.org.uk

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