This small market town in Norfolk lies in a pleasant spot between the River Bure and River Wensum valleys. There's immediate access to miles of countryside trails, two interesting local old halls and a small pocket of ancient woodland to the south east of the town.
This circular walk from the town takes you along a section of the Marriot's Way to the neighbouring village of Cawston before returning via Booton Common and Booton Hall. On the way there's nice country views across Reepham Moor and an interesting 17th century manor house to see.
The walk starts at the northern end of the village where you can pick up the old dismantled railway line on the Marriot's Way. Follow the shared cycling and walking trail north east and it will take you to Cawston.
The route then picks up other public footpaths to take you south east along Green Lane to Booton Common and Booton Hall. The hall dates from the early 17th century and is notable as the ancestral home of John Rolfe, one of the early English settlers of North America. He is credited with the first successful cultivation of tobacco as an export crop in the Colony of Virginia. He is also known as the man who married the Native American princess Pocahontas. The adjacent common lies in the valley of a tributary of the River Wensum. It consists of ancient woodland nd and wet heathland with several rare plants including the Fragrant Orchid.
Shortly after passing the hall and the common you return to Reepham.
Reepham Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
Reepham Open Street Map - view and print off detailed map
Reepham OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking
Reepham Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
Head to the Kings Arms for some refreshments after your walk. 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 for your sat navs.
The country and woodland trails on the route make for a fine dog walk. The Kings Arms mentioned above is also dog friendly. There is even a dog treat tin situated on the bar for well behaved doggies!
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
If you head south along the Marriot's Way it will take you towards Norwich where you can try the Norwich Riverside Walk and the Hellesdon Circular Walk where there's nice views of the River Wensum to enjoy. On the way you'll pass Whitwell Common and Lenwade where there's series of pretty lakes.
Just to the south west is the award winning village of Swanton Morley where you'll find a noteworthy 14th century church and an early 17th century pub with strong connections to the ancestors of Abraham Lincoln. In the village you can pick up the Walsingham Way and the Wensum Way long distance footpaths. The historic market town of Dereham is also located in this area.
Just to the west is the Foxley Wood Nature Reserve where there's some peaceful woodland trails and lots of wildlife to see.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Norfolk Walks page.