This pretty riverside village is located in a lovely spot on the River Bure in the Norfolk Broads. It is often referred to as the "Gateway to the Broads" as it marks the start of the navigable portion of the River Bure. The village also includes an old thacthed church and the old Coltishall Station on The Bure Valley Railway.
This route uses a section of the Bure Valley Path and other public footpaths to create a circular walk from the town. On the way there's nice views of the surrounding countryside and picturesque riverside paths along the River Bure.
The walk starts at the old Coltishall Railway station where you can pick up the Bure Valley Path and follow the waymarked trail north west towards Little Hautbois and Buxton. Near here you cross the river to follow riverside paths back to Coltishall via Mayton Bridge and Mayton Hall.
Coltishall Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
Coltishall Open Street Map - view and print off detailed map
Coltishall OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking
Coltishall Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
The Rising Sun is in a lovely location right next to the river and adjacent to Coltishall Common. You can enjoy refreshments in the garden area with excellent views over the river. You can find the pub at 28 Wroxham Road with a postcode of NR12 7EA for your sat navs.
The country and river trails are ideal fro a dog walk and the Rising Sun mentioned above is also dog friendly.
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
From Coltishall Station you can enjoy a ride on the Bure Valley Railway. The steam trains run on Norfolk’s longest narrow gauge railway between Aylsham and Wroxham. It's a nostalgic day out with some fine broads scenery to enjoy on the way.
Head east along the Bure Valley Path and you will soon come to the neighbouring town of Wroxham. There's lovely views here of Wroxham Broad and Hoveton Great Broad with excellent wildlife spotting opportunites at both. Here you can also pick up the Hoveton Walk which visits the nearby Hoveton Hall. The 19th century house includes some beautiful grounds with stunning gardens, a pretty lake and popular snowdrop walks in February.
Also not far away is 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.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Norfolk Walks page.