GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Breydon Water

14 miles (22.5 km)

Visit the UK's largest protectedwetland on this wonderful waterside walk in Great Yarmouth. The expansive estuary is also a nature reserve with a huge number of wading birds to look out for. Keep your eyes peeled for golden plovers, wigeons, lapwingsand tens of thousands ofBewick's swans.There is also a bird observation hide at the east end of the water.
You can explore the area from Great Yarmouth by following the Weavers' Way west towards Berney Marshes. There's some beautiful Norfolk Broads scenery with mills, marshland and views of the River Yare and River Waveney.
If you follow the Angles Way along the southern side of the water you can visit the fine Roman Fort at Burgh Castle.

Breydon Water OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Breydon Water Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking


Head to the village of Burgh Castle at the western end of the water and you can pay a visit to The Fishermans Inn. The noteworthy pub is in a great location right next to the River Yare and the Roman Fort. They have a lovely garden area with views over the lake. It's a splendid spot if the weather is fine. They do good food and can be found at the marina at a postcode of NR31 9PZ for your sat navs. They are also dog friendly if your four legged friend is with you. In the village you'll also find the Queens Head which is another good option. They also have a good outdoor area and welcome walkers. You can find them on the High Road at a postcode of NR31 9QQ.

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

Head north along the coast and you could visit the worthy village of Winterton on Sea. There's much to enjoy here with village features including a lighthouse, pretty cottages, unusual roundhouses and a fine 17th century pub. The area also includes the noteworthy Winterton Dunes. The dunes are part of a National Nature Reserve where you can look out for a variety of coastal birds and the natterjack toad. The Winterton on Sea Walk starts at the lighthouse and takes you through the dunes to Horsey Mere and Martham Broad.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Norfolk Broads Walks page.

Cycle Routes and Walking Routes Nearby


Breydon Water shoreline - - 1484321

Breydon Water. The wind turbines seen in the distance are situated in the North Sea off Great Yarmouth. Breydon Water.

Approaching Breydon Water - - 1484273

View downstream the River Waveney as it approaches Breydon Water. Breydon Water is a wide tidal estuary with origins more associated with the sea than peat extraction. The 5km expanse is a designated Nature Reserve of international importance to migratory birds, managed by the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB). The Angles Way long distance footpath leads past it.

River Waveney joins Breydon Water - - 693553

View as theRiver Waveney joins Breydon Water. The site of the Roman fort of Gariannonum offers magnificent views across the marshes extending westwards; the view was taken from the northwestern corner of the north wall. Berney Arms pub can be seen in the distance at left.

Ashtree Farm and Berney Arms Mill - - 808685

Ashtree Farm and Berney Arms Mill. View down the River Yare to Berney Arms Drainage Mill.

A kink in the drain - - 631194

A kink in the drain. Not all drains are cut straight. This one, running parallel to the Weavers Way, leisurely meanders eastwards. Berney Arms Station and drainage pump can be seen in mid-distance.

A sunny December day - - 631255

A sunny December day. Cattle is still grazing the marshes on this sunny but windy December day in the marshes near Berney Arms.Manor Farm House and Mutton's drainage mill can be seen in the far distance, across pools of water in a marsh pasture.

Fleet Dike - - 626289

Fleet Dike. Looking east towards Fleet Dike and Mutton's drainage mill. Mutton's Mill, located on Fleet Dike, has been in the process of being restored since the mid 1970s. Only very recently a fantail was added, completing yet another step towards its full restoration, and it may not be too long before this attractive tower mill will once again be fully functional.

View across Breydon Water - - 1484305

This view was taken from the Angles Way long distance footpath.


GPS Files

GPX File

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Memory Map Route

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