This month’s walk will take place on Sunday 24 June leaving Ashwellthorpe Village Hall at 10.00 a.m. The route will be approx. 6 miles, across fields and some water meadows so appropriate footwear should be worn, even though (or because) it is Mid-Summer Day in England! The destination is Hethel Church, Hethel nature reserve and the Hethel Thorn. Nancy is providing light refreshments which will be delicious and most welcome during a rest before the return home.
The next Village Walk will be on Sunday 4 March 2012 leaving St Nicholas Church, Fundenhall at 10.00 a.m. It will be 3 to 4 miles in length across public footpaths, permissive routes and lanes.
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.
Start at Ashwellthorpe Village Hall. Walk along the street towards the church (east) for a short distance.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 cross and keep field edge to right. At end of field turn right into track and immediately left to cross field to another footbridge Cross with care and turn left. Keep field edge on your left until the next corner. Carry straight ahead over field (some times of the year the path is ploughed up but is passable). Upon reaching the far side turn right to keep field edge on your left. At next gap turn 90o left and carry on with field edge on your right. At end of field turn right over footbridge. Continue with field edge on left until a gap in the hedge. Go through and over footbridge. Continue ahead over the field to a corner with sign post. Follow track out to road and turn right.
After a short distance turn left. Continue until reaching footbridge cross the A11. Then immediately turn right through narrow path and then parallel to the road until reaching the field. Bear left passing the oak viewing platform to the far end of the field. Pass through gate and along the road past houses on left. Through tunnel at end and past Railway Pub. Cross road and continue past the station and the cemetery. At right bend after cemetery carry straight on track and cross railway (Mid Norfolk). Continue on track and cross another railway(care ! this is the main line to Cambridge).The track on the far side continues with field edge on the right, and bears left and climbs slightly until reaching a tarmac farm road. Turn left onto this until the road.
Turn right, over the A11 on bridge and turn next left into Verdun’s Lane. Wind along this until the next junction. Turn right and walk along side with care for approx 50 yds. Turn left and along this road until reaching the point where you emerged from the field earlier. Retrace your steps over the fields to Ashwellthorpe.
Starting at Ashwellthorpe Village Hall go east down the village. Turn over the road at the bend (after the church and at the start of Old all Close) and into field gateway. Turn left to keep field edge on left. (You have just entered a Permissive path which we will use until the next road – see DEFRA website for views of the route)Go through gate at end and turn left to cross the road and over a stile the other side. Cross field on a path, over the concrete road the far side and immediately left on entering the next field. Keep edge on left (this is the water treatment works so speed up a bit).
After the end of the treatment works you will see a green path lined with trees to the right. Go up there and at the end turn left. On meeting the hedge turn right to keep the hedge on the left. Continue around this field until a stile just after passing the disused railway embankment on the left. Cross the stile and turn left along a narrow road. At the farm turn left and through the farmyard. (Care with dogs as this is an equestrian centre!). Carry on track on far side of farmyard until a gateway on the left. Turn left and keep field edge on the left (you walked the other side of this edge on the way out). Continue until the end and the path turns right keeping field edge on left. Continue until you see a path turn at an angle right across the field towards the church. At the far hedge there is a gap in the fence (you can see a pond the far side) Go through the gap and keep the pond on the right (remember you are passing through a private garden) and over a footbridge into the churchyard. Pass through the churchyard and out to the road. Turn right and walk back up the village to the Hall.
Circular route from Fundenhall via Tacolneston to Ashwellthorpe and return but can be started at any point.
From Fundenhall church walk towards the village (turn right as you exit the church gate) until the Village sign. Take the driveway directly opposite the sign and through the gate straight ahead (remembering to close it). Continue with the field edge on the left. Straight ahead to the next quiet road. Turn right. Ignore the first footpath sign and at the bend turn left across the field (footpath signs in sight) to the field edge ahead. Turn right to keep the field edge on the left until a gap in the hedge with a footbridge. Cross the bridge and over the field to the corner and straight ahead to keep the field edge on the left until reaching the road.Turn right onto the road (B1113) for approx 100yds to the left hand bend. At this bend turn right and follow a path along the left field edge. About half way up the field turn left through a gap in the hedge and over a footbridge. Turn right and follow the path through this lovely coppiced wood.
At the end of the wood continue straight ahead with the field edge on the right. At the gateway turn right and immediately left to cross a footbridge into the next field.Continue ahead with the field edge on the left. When it reaches the road it turns right a few yards to the gateway onto the road. Turn left and just past the cottage turn right. Follow the track around the perimeter of the cottage. At the far corner turn left and over the field to a corner. Continue straight ahead with the field edge on the left. Go through the gap ahead and over another footbridge and through a stile. Continue straight ahead over the field to the far side and turn right along the hedge. At the next gateway turn left along a short (often muddy) track to another gateway.Turn left here and with the field edge on the left continue to a gateway/stile.
Go though and you will have a wood (Knyvett grove) on your right. Continue through into the next field ad take the stile on your right. Go diagonally right across the field to the far corner to another stile. Go through and along the field with the field edge on your right. At the next field turn left and with field edge on the right head towards Ashwellthorpe. The path kinks right and left until reaching the garden boundaries at the end turn right and then left down a short drive to the road (Ashwellthorpe Street).Turn right and walk down the street until the bend after the church and just before Old Hall Close. Turn right through a gateway on the other side of the road and continue ahead (field edge on right) to the far end. You will have views over the fields to Fundenhall church. At the end turn left into Hudman’s lane and at the end you will see the church ahead on the left.
This is an interesting route using mainly quiet country roads passing through a variety of local villages. We hope that you will find some new routes that you have not seen before.
We often hear it said that Norfolk is flat but this seems to be a phrase mainly quoted by people driving on main roads. So there are some hills but not too bad.
SP = signposted to
Start at the Village Hall in Ashwellthorpe heading east (to pass the church). At the junction with the B1113 turn right and follow this road various bends until you reach Tacolneston Church. Take the left turn opposite the church SP Byroad onto Hurn Lane. Follow this road (ignoring the only junction- from the left SP Hapton) and continue to the crossroads. Go straight over SP Long Stratton into another quiet lane. At the next junction carry straight on SP Forncett St Peter. Carry on the the next junction and again carry straight on SP Long Stratton. At the bend ahead bear left onto Mill Lane SP Long Stratton (do not take the turn straight over).
With the Church and Forncetts Sign ahead turn right onto Aslacton Road SP Pottergate Street and pass the school on the left. Turn left into Wash Lane SP Wacton and Unbridged Ford. After 2 weeks rain the ford was still dry but the stream is worth a look. Beware of the rough and muddy road ahead as it passes a farm yard.
Continue on this lane until entering Wacton turn left at the junction and continue through the village. At the junction and village sign there is an enjoyable diversion to the right onto Wacton Common. If not taking the diversion turn left SP Forncett. Pass the Church on the right and wind your way, catching a view of Tacolneston mast over the fields at one point, until reaching a T junction opposite Tawny Farm. Turn onto Station Road SP Forncett St Mary. Pass under the railway bridge and continue until passing the 30 mph sign. Pass over a small bridge and at the bend turn right onto Low Road SP Forncett St Mary. Continue past the Village Hall and after a while pass the Forncett Industrial Steam Museum. (This houses a collection of large stationary steam engines and is open to the public on the 1st Sunday every month from May to November – 11am to 5pm).
At the fork continue on the road to the left up Spring Lane (not right SP Tharston). At the next junction ignore the left turn and continue on High Road SP Hapton. After some time ignore the right turn and continue on the road where High Road becomes Bayes Lane. Pass a disused railway bridge and down the hill. The ford at the bottom was unusually wet this time. At the crossroads go straight over in to Holly Lane SP Flordon.
After the right bend pass the Meeting Place Field (where you can take a rest on the bench) and pass the Church on the right. Ignore Cow Lane to the right and bear left along Holly Lane which then becomes Norwich Road.
At the next junction turn left into Marsh Lane. Beware the loose gravel. At the next junction turn left onto High Road SP Ashwellthorpe. After passing over a disused railway bridge at the next bend High Road becomes Blacksmith’s Lane. Continue to the crossroads with the B1113. Go straight over to return to Ashwellthorpe