GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Great Massingham Walks

6 miles (9.2 km)

This attractive Norfolk village includes a pretty pond, picturesque cottages, a village green and a fine old church.
This walk from the village follows a section of the Peddars Way and Norfolk Coast Path National Trail to one of the historic local highlights at Castle Acre Priory.
The walk starts in the village and heads south west to link up with the Peddars Way and Norfolk Coast Path around Massingham Heath. Follow the waymarked trail south for just over 4 miles and it will take you to Wicken Fen and Castle Acre. Here you can visit the castle and priory which date from the 11th century. You can also enjoy a waterside walk along the River Nar on the Nar Valley Way, another long distance trail running through this part of the county.

Postcode

PE32 2HN - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

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Great Massingham OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Great Massingham Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Walks near Great Massingham

  • Castle Acre - 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
  • Nar Valley Way - Follow the River Nar from King's Lynn to Gressenhall on this delightful waterside walk through Norfolk.
    The walk passes Shouldham, West Acre and Litcham following footpaths and country lanes close to or beside the River Nar.
    Walk highlights include Pentney Abbey, Pentney Lakes, West Acre Priory and Castle Acre castle and priory
  • Castle Rising - This Norfolk based village is located close to Kings Lynn in the western part of the county
  • Bawsey Pits - This country park near King's Lynn has nice trails to follow around around birch covered hills and a Scandinavian style lake
  • King's Lynn and The Walks - This nice circular walk takes you around 'The Walks' urban park before a riverside stroll along the Great Ouse
  • Swaffham - This attractive market town is located in theBreckland District of Norfolk
  • Dersingham Bog - This circular walk explores the Dersingham Bog Site of Special Scientific Interest in North Norfolk
  • Roydon Common - This lovely large area of heathland has some nice walking trails to try

Pubs/Cafes

Head to the Dabbling Duck for some rest and refreshment after you exercise. The fine country pub serves good quality food and also provides accommodationif you'd like to stay over. Inside there's roaring fires in the winter and a garden to enjoy in the summer. You can find them in a lovely spot between the two ponds at 11 Abbey Road, with postcode PE32 2HN for your sat navs. The pub has been included in The Sunday Times list of the best 80 places to stay in Britain in 2020.

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

Just to the north of the village there's another local highlight at Houghton Hall. Here you'll find a lavish mansion surrounded by beautiful gardens and a sculpture exhibition. You can find them at Bircham Rd, PE31 6TY.

Photos

Cottages on the green, Great Massingham - geograph.org.uk - 1919967

Cottages on the green, Great Massingham. The village has won many awards such as a ‘CPRE Community Open Spaces’ award and several ‘EDP Pride in Norfolk’ awards.

St Mary's church in Great Massingham - geograph.org.uk - 1920208

St Mary's church in Great Massingham

Station Road, Great Massingham - geograph.org.uk - 1919972

Station Road, Great Massingham

The village pond at Great Massingham - geograph.org.uk - 1919465

The village pond at Great Massingham. Several large ponds dominate the village, some of which have their origins as the fish ponds for an 11th century Augustinian Abbey.

Cross Road On The Peddars Way - geograph.org.uk - 361790

Cross Road On The Peddars Way

Castle Acre - geograph.org.uk - 578483

Ruins of the keep at Castle Acre

Castle Acre Priory - geograph.org.uk - 1707274

Castle Acre Priory

Peddars Way footpath through hedge - geograph.org.uk - 686964

Peddars Way footpath through hedge. Looking north along the Peddars Way this section of the footpath runs away from the road just behind the hedge for 1.25 miles.

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