How Hill Walks
This walk takes you through the area around How Hill House in the Norfolk Broads. The house includes lovely parkland and gardens with riverside paths along the River Ant which runs past the site. The area is also a nature reserve so keep your eyes peeled for a wide variety of birds and insects on your visit. You can take a trip on the Electric Eel boat and look out for marsh harriers, dragonflies and butterflies as you make your way along the river.
The walk starts at the How Hill car park just to the west of Ludham. From here you can pick up footpaths heading around the beautiful gardens. These include herbaceous borders, a walled garden and a rose garden with lots of pretty butterflies to see in the summer months. There's also a secret garden with stunning azaleas and rhododendrons to see in May and June.
The route then leads you to the river at Turf Fen. You can then follow a nice riverside path south along the River Ant for a couple of miles to Ludham Bridge and Mill. Here you'll find a riverside cafe and a picturesque boatyard. The trail then returns to the car park on the same footpaths.
On the way you'll pass the Toad Hole Cottage Museum where you can find out about the life of a marsh man in bygone days in the Broads. It's a quaint little spot right next to the river.
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There's a delightful tea room at the house where you can enjoy refreshments after your walk. They sell a good range of meals and snacks which you can enjoy on the outdoor balcony with views over the gardens.
At Ludham Bridge you'll find some stores and the Wayfarers Cafe. It's in a lovely spot, next to the river, with plenty of outdoor seating in the garden area.
The woodlands, parkland, gardens and river paths make for a lovely dog walk. You are requested to keep them on leads through the gardens of How Hill House though. The Wayfarers Cafe mentioned above is also dog friendly.
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
A few miles south of Ludham you'll find Ranworth Broad. There's some lovely waterside trails and a Wildlife Centre with lots of information about the various birds you can see here. In the village there's also the noteworthy Church of St Mary, known as the Cathedral of the Broads. You can climb the tower of the 16th century church for excellent views over the area.
A few miles to the east you'll find the pretty village of Potter Heigham where you can enjoy a walk to the adjacent Hickling Broad. There's also some easy trails along the River Thurn here.
Head north west and you can pick up the Bure Valley Path and enjoy riverside walks to Coltishall and Wroxham.
Just to the south west there's the worthy village of Horning where there are some nice footpaths around the Bure Marshes Nature Reserve, a fine riverside pub and a foot ferry service to take you over the Bure.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Norfolk Broads Walks page.