Acle and the River Bure
This circular walk explores the Bure Valley around the pretty Norfolk market town of Acle. It's a beautiful area with lots of water loving wildlife to look out for.
Starting on the eastern edge of the town you follow the Weavers' Way south to Damgate Marshes before turning east along the Tunstall Dyke. You soon come to the River Bure where you pick up the riverside footpaths towards Stokesby. Here you turn west and follow the river back to Acle.
If you would like to extend your walk you could follow the river east from Acle to Great Yarmouth. It's about a 10 mile walk to the coast with the river dotted with lots of pretty drainage mills. At Great Yarmouth you can enjoy more waterside paths along the beautiful Breydon Water. Also nearby is a circular walk around Fleggburgh and Filby Broad.
If you head north along the Bure you will soon come to Acle Bridge where there is a nice waterside pub. Keep going and you will soon come to Hickling Broad where there is a huge variety of wildlife to look out for.
Acle and the River Bure Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
Acle and the River Bure Open Street Map - view and print off detailed map
Acle and the River Bure OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking
Acle and the River Bure Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
The Weavers Way Circular Walk starts from Acle and takes you along the waymarked path to Breydon Water before returning along the River Bure. It also visits the partially ruined church in Tunstall and the village of Halvergate.
Head a few miles north west and you can visit the lovely Ranworth Broad. There's a nature reserve here with a visitor centre, woodland, reed beds, a boardwalk and a huge variety of birdlife to see. There's also the noteworthy 16th century church of St Mary to visit in the village of Ranworth. The church has a 100ft tower which you can climb for excellent views over the area.
Just a couple of miles to the west there's Burlingham where you can explore the peaceful trails around Burlingham Woods. It's a lovely place for a stroll with carpets of snowdrops in Ferbruary and lots of bluebells in the spring months. There's also the interesting ancient ruins of the 14th century St Peter church to see in this area. Near here you'll also find the RSPB's Strumpshaw Fen. There's some lovely trails here with River Yare views, marshland, lakes, orchid-rich meadows and lots of birdlife to see.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Norfolk Broads Walks page.