GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Great Yarmouth

6 miles (9.5 km)

This Norfolk seaside townis the gateway from theNorfolk Broadsto theNorth Sea.There's lovely coastal walks and long distance trails which you can pick up from the town and follow into the Norfolk Broads. This walk follows the Angles Way along Breydon Water to the Roman Fort at Burgh Castle.
The walk starts on the seafront next to the Britannia Pier. The town's attracttions include thePleasure Beach, theSea Life Centre, the Hippodrome Circus and theTime and Tide Museum, as well as the UK's only surviving Victorian seaside cast iron and glassWinter Garden. From the front you can pick up the waymarked Angles Way footpath and follow it west through the town to Haven Bridge, where you cross the River Yare. You then pass through Cobholm Island before following the path along Breydon Water. 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.
After a few miles you will come to the noteworthy Burgh Castle which is another highlight of the area. The interesting Roman fort dates from the 3rd century and still has some of its thick walls in tact. The site sits next to the River Waveney so you can enjoy more waterside trails here.
To extend your walk continue along the Angles Way south to visit Fritton Lake Country Park. Here you'll find lovely cycling and walking paths around the large lake which is 2.5 miles long. The lake is surrounded by peaceful woods where there are nice shady trails to try.
To continue your walking in Great Yarmouth town, pick up the Weavers' Way and follow it along the other side of Breydon Water to Halvergate.
If you head south along the coast you can visit Gorleston-on-Sea, Hopton-on-Sea and the Suffolk town of Lowestoft. Here you can visit the lovely Oulton Broad and Carlton Marshes where there's more nice trails and a large variety of wildlife to look out for.
The Wherryman's Way long distance trail also starts in the town. The waymarked trail will take you through a number of pretty Norfolk Broads villages to Norwich.
Somerleyton is another walking highlight of the area. The delightful model village includes thatched red-brick estate cottages and the splendid Somerleyton Hall with its beautiful gardens and expansive estate.
The River Bure also runs through the town. You could pick it up and head west to the picturesque village of Acle and try our Acle and the River Bure Circular Walk.

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

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

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

The Weavers Way Circular Walk starts from nearby Acle and takes you along the waymarked path to Breydon Water and Great Yarmouth. It then returns to Acle along the River Bure. It's a nice waterside circular route to try in the area. The trail also visits the partially ruined church in Tunstall and the nearby village of Halvergate.
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 Nature Reserve.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Norfolk Broads Walks page.

Photos

Aerial View of Great Yarmouth

Aerial View of Great Yarmouth seafront

Breydon Water - geograph.org.uk - 1484299

Breydon Water

Mill on Breydon Water - geograph.org.uk - 1068506

Mill on Breydon Water

Burgh Castle - geograph.org.uk - 62016

Burgh Castle

Gariannonum Burgh Castle south wall ruins

Gariannonum Burgh Castle south wall ruins

Burgh Castle Marina - geograph.org.uk - 813155

Burgh Castle Marina

GPS Files

GPX File

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Memory Map Route

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