This lovely circular walk takes you around the grounds of Castle Acre Priory, before heading along the River Nar to the nearby Castle Acre Common. You can then explore the wider countryside surrounding the village on various footpaths and bridleways.
The walk starts at the castle in the centre of this pretty Norfolk village. The remains of the motte-and-bailey castle are well worth exploring before you head off towards the priory. It dates from the 11th century and is in the care of English Heritage.
From the castle you head west through the village to the priory. The fascinating and atmospheric ruins date back to the late 11th century. There are substantial remains of many of the buildings round the cloister, a beautiful west end church gable and a herb garden.
After exploring the priory you continue west along the Nar Valley Way to West Acre where you can stop for refreshments. You can then follow other trails through the countryside to Bartholomew's Hills before returning to the village along the Peddars Way and Norfolk Coast Path.
If you would like to extend your walk then you can continue along the River Nar to Narford Lake and Narborough, a few miles west of West Acre.
Following the Peddars Way and Norfolk Coast Path south will take you towards Swaffham. Head north and you will come to Great Massingham.
You can virtually explore the grounds of the priory on the google street view link below!
Castle Acre PostcodePE32 2XD
N.B Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations