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Norfolk Walk: Wymondham and Suton

PUBLISHED: 09:12 15 February 2013 | UPDATED: 09:12 15 February 2013

Norfolk Walk: Wymondham and Suton

Norfolk Walk: Wymondham and Suton

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This interesting walk, suggested by Tony Smith, starts at the Abbey in Wymondham and follows pleasant paths, tracks and quiet lanes and, although one section is beside the bypass, it is screened by trees so this does not affect the enjoyment.

WYMONDHAM AND SUTON

Start: Wymondham Abbey

Map: Explorer 237 G/R TG 107015

Distance: 5.25 miles

Public Transport: There are good bus and train services to Wymondham

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

This interesting walk, suggested by Tony Smith, starts at the Abbey in Wymondham and follows pleasant paths, tracks and quiet lanes and, although one section is beside the bypass, it is screened by trees so this does not affect the enjoyment.

Wymondham Abbey unusually has two towers, one at the west end, the other over the crossing. This was as a result of a dispute between the priory and the local parishes. The towers are quite a landmark around the surrounding countryside.

Wymondham Abbey Station is at one end of the Mid Norfolk Railway line to Dereham so it might be possible to link the walk with a train ride. The route crosses and re-crosses both the Dereham line and the main railway line to Ely. The walk passes through the straggling community of Suton and finishes along pretty Becketswell Meadow beside the River Tiffey. There are lots of places for refreshment in Wymondham.

■ From the Abbey doorway, turn left and go out of the gate. Then turn left along BecketswellRoad. Continue over the River Tiffey and on across the level crossing with the station to the right. Keep ahead along the lane and then, when almost level with the impressive Grade 1 listed Cavick House (which dates from c.1720), turn left into a track (Lady’s Lane). After a short distance go right into an unsigned grassy field edge path with a hedge on the right. Then continue between houses and across a road. Go over the stile and past more houses to reach a main road (B1172).

■ Turn right along the main road for a few paces and then keep right into the service road with houses on the right and a milestone on the left. Continue along the lane, ignoring a turning on the right. On reaching the main road again turn right for a short distance using the grass verge. Then turn right into Morley Lane. Immediately before the first house, turn left onto an unmarked field edge path with a ditch on the right: (it was a little overgrown). At the end of the field, go up the bank to the main road and turn right along the lay-by. Continue to the end of the lay-by and then go left across the road into a lane (Sawyer’s Lane).

■ Follow this winding lane to a crossing lane in Suton. Turn right then, after a short distance, turn left into a footpath where the sign had fallen over. Cross a bridge into the next field and go left and then right round the corner of the field. On reaching a lane, turn right and go over the level crossing. Continue past the electricity sub-station and go left at the end of the wooden fence onto an unsigned path. Follow the field edge back past the other side of the sub-station and then rightwards round the corner of the field, ignoring a gap in the hedge on the left, to reach the next corner.

■ Cross a wooden bridge into the next field and go left. After a short distance go diagonally across the field on tractor lines to the corner of a new small copse. Go right, keeping the copse on the left, and then turn left on a wide track between old and new copses. Follow the track, bending right and then left, walking parallel with the bypass for nearly half a mile. On meeting a tarmac track, turn left and follow the track, which soon turns back to being a dirt track (Strayground Lane).

■ Follow the track past a wood and a small group of trees. At the end of the field follow the grassy track round to the right. Go past two cottages and carefully cross the railway line. Continue along the lane on the other side. Turn left at a junction of lanes and, on reaching the main road (B1172), turn right over the railway bridge. Turn left across the main road and into the first road on the other side after the bridge.

■ Continue ahead past the mini roundabout and into Whitehorse Street with a ‘no vehicular’ notice. Immediately before the bridge, turn left into a path (with a notice: ‘even numbers 2 to 10’) and continue beside the River Tiffey with very good views of the abbey on the right. Continue over the right-hand side of Becketswell Meadow and out of the wooden gate, where is an interesting notice board. Turn right back up the lane to the abbey.

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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