Parish Walk 2

A Start at Ashwellthorpe Village Hall. Walk along the street towards the church (east) for a short distance.
B Turn left onto footpath keeping ditch and field edge to the right. Head towards the wood. At wood turn right and keeping wood on left soon cross footbridge. Keep on and leaving wood behind pass a pond on left. Views back to Ashwellthorpe. Along the edge of the wood keep an eye open for deer tracks.
At footbridge C cross and keep field edge to right. At end of field turn right into track and immediately left to cross field to another footbridge D.
Cross with care and keeping field edge to right bear right onto track which passes a large house on the left. Keep on track to road.
E At road turn left. This is Wymondham Road and is very narrow so care. When you see the small car park on the right F turn right and pass the gate (which is kept locked). Keep straight and at end of field (approx 50yds) turn left and soon see steps down to the right G. Go down, across old railway track and up steps opposite. Turn right and very soon the take first track to left. Follow this through this lovely new wood. This private wood (Long’s Wood) was planted a few years ago but has permissive paths. Upon reaching a confusing crossroads of tracks H take the track at 45o.

At end of wood I take turn right to keep ditch on right. Soon turn right (you will see the large farm – Long’s Farm to your left). J.
Follow field edge on right. This field can be very wet. At far right hand corner take the narrow track around a garden and out via the drive. Please respect the owner’s property. Turn almost immediately right K onto track to pass 2 houses and take footpath sign left to go along a track overhung with trees.
On reaching field turn right and very soon fork left. Views of Wreningham Church ahead. At hedge bear right to keep field edge on left and join Wymondham Road Wreningham between 2 houses. L
Turn left and continue into village to crossroads at Spratt’s Coaches M. Turn left up the hill and take a track N just after the old Vicarage on right. At end of track you enter a field and can see the church over to the left. Turn right and follow field edge on right. At end of field notice the layered hedge on the right and turn left. At track O turn right to keep greenhouses on right.
At road P turn left and follow this. Cross the B1113 just after passing Master and Skevens. Take care as cars come down the hill and round the bend fast. Continue along the road (Toprow). After leaving the houses the road bends right and then turns right (with a good path starting on your left Q just beyond the spent mushroom compost heap) Continue on the road up the hill past the turning to the left.
Just before a bungalow R take a track to the left. This bears right just after the driveway and then left onto a path with the field edge on the left. Follow the green track (wide views) straight on and then right at a telegraph pole until it joins a main track running across your path S. Turn left. The next short section is the only part that will be walked twice in the walk. Walk to end of the track where it drops sharply to the road Z.
Walk straight ahead and up the slope and shortly you will see a field on the right with a convenient table and seat T. A good place for a short rest.
Continue along the road and go through the churchyard. There are some lovely old tombstones. As you leave the other end of the churchyard turn right along a track which emerges between houses onto the main road through Hapton. U. Turn left along the path and just after the garage on left look for a footpath sign over the road on the right. The path passes between houses and is easy to miss V.
Follow this track until you pass a stile. Cross the field and through a gateway. This is an excellent example of a river meadow and you could be anywhere as you can see no sign of habitation. Follow field edge to the right until you see a stile and footbridge on your right. Cross and turn left to keep the field edge on your left.

You will rejoin a track after a while and turn right. Follow this passing the disused railway on your left until you reach a road’s
Turn right and up the hill past the farm. At the top Y bear right onto Bayes Road with extensive views. You may hear the main railway line to London over to your right. Continue and after passing the disused railway again go down the hill, over the ford which does cross the road on occasions. Cross over the crossroads and go up the hill. At the right hand bend rejoin the track that you used earlier Z on the left.
Continue straight ahead all the way to the road (B1113). On the way you will cross the disused railway yet again.
At the road you can with care (as the road is fairly busy) detour to the King’s Head Pub (approx 100 yards to the right) or cross over to walk along church road and past Fundenhall Church. At the bend to the left go straight over into Hudman’s Lane. At the end where paths converge turn right and follow the bridlepath keeping the field edge to your left. You will soon see Ashwellthorpe again and as you join the road turn left to walk back up the village to the start/finish.

Hopefully you enjoyed a walk with very varied views. It is not the shortest route between all points but does incorporate some interesting sections.

If you do not want to complete the whole route turn right at crossroads M and after passing the broken railway bridge you will see a stile on the right. Go over and along the field path keeping the field edge to your left. Keep straight and join the road ahead. Cross the road and turn right to keep the field edge to your right (with the road behind it). When you reach the gateway turn right to cross the road ad go back up the village.

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