This wonderful cycle and walking path runs from Aylsham to Norwich along the trackbeds of two former railway lines. The route passes Cawston, Reepham, Lenwade, the wildlife rich Taverham Mill and Drayton, taking you through the Wensum Valley with regular views of the River Wensum to enjoy.
Along the way look out for a series of rail sculptures and lots of interesting flora and fauna. Wildlife includes butterflies, jays, magpies, green woodpeckers and wrens.
Cycle hire is available at Reepham station where there's also a nice cafe for refreshments.
Near Reepham you will pass close to the Foxley Wood Nature Reserve. There's a number of nice walking trails to try here, with lots more wildlife and plantlife to see.
At Lenwade the trail links up with the Wensum Way. The trail will take you west to Swanton Morley and Gressenhall on a pleasant flat path.
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The Chestnut Tree in Hellesdon on the outskirts of Norwich is a nice place to stop for refreshments. They have a decent restaurant with a good menu and range of ales. There's also a pub garden for warmer days. You can find the pub on the Reepham Road with a postcode of NR6 5QA for your sat navs.
In the small market town of Reepham you could stop off at the excellent Kings Arms. The noteworthy pub dates all the way back to 1667 and maintains most of its original features. They have a good menu and a nice garden area to sit out in on warmer days. You can find the pub in the Market Place at postcode NR10 4JJ. The pub is also very dog friendly if you have your canine friend with you on the walk.
Another nice place for a pit stop is the restored Whitwell and Reepham Railway. Starting in 2009 volunteers relayed track and sidings, acquired rolling stock and brought the old station and signal box back to life. There's an interesting railway museum and a nice cafe where you can enjoy a bite to eat in the sunny garden area. You can also enjoy a ride on the full-size heritage steamed railway.
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
To continue your walking around the Norwich area you could try the Hellesdon Circular Walk which uses a section of the trail around Hellesdon Bridge and the Wensum Valley.
In Aylsham you will find one of the highlights of the county at the wonderful Blickling Hall. The expansive estate includes lakes, woodland, gardens, an 18th century Temple and some fascinating history.
Just outside Norwich the route links up with the Walsingham Way. This long distance trail runs from the mediaeval abbey at Great Walsingham to the city of Norwich, passing several fascinating historic sites on the way.
The long distance Rebellion Way Cycle Route passes through Norwich. The epic 232 mile circular ride visits some of the other major highlights of Norfolk, using a series of quiet country lanes and traffic free paths.
The Norwich To Cromer Cycle Route uses part of the trail on its way to the coast at Cromer.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Norfolk Walks page.