This Norfolk Broads village is a super place for a walk with river trails, broads and a fine local nature reserve to explore.
This circular walk from the village explores the RSPB Church Marsh Nature Reserve and Surlingham Staithe on the edge of Surlingham Broad.
The walk starts from the car park at the nature reserve, just to the north west of the village. From here you can pick up footpaths heading along the River Yare through the reserve. The site is great for flora and fauna with a wide variety of wildflowers and bird species to look out for. Keep your eyes peeled for Hobby, Marsh Harrier, Sedge Warbler and Kingfisher as you make your way through the area.
At the Ferry House you leave the river and head closer to the adjacent Surlingham Staithe. The route then heads into the village before returning to the car park, passing the ruined old church on the way.
PostcodeNR14 7DF - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations
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On the route stop off at the splendidly located Ferry House Inn. You can sit outside in the lovely large garden area and watch the boats go as you enjoy lunch. You'll pass the inn at the eastern side of the reserve on Ferry Road at postcode NR14 7AR.
The reserve is a lovely place for a dog walk though you are asked to please keep them on leads. The Ferry House Inn mentioned above is also dog friendly.
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
Just to the south of the village there's the Wheatfen Nature Reserve. There's open fens, swaying reeds and wild woodland in this beautiful area.
The Wherryman's Way runs through area and can be used to extend the walk. Head west and you could visit the nearby Whitlingham Country Park and pick up the Norwich Riverside Walk.
To the south there's the worthy village of Loddon where you'll find an 18th century mill, a 15th century church and some lovely trails along the River Chet to Hardley Marshes.
On the other side of the river there's the neighbouring village of Brundall, which is famous for its boat building industry. Near here you'll also find the RSPB's Strumpshaw Fen. There's some lovely trails here with River Yare views, marshland, lakes, orchid-rich meadows and lots of birdlife to see.
A few miles to the north east of Brundall there's Burlingham where you can explore the peaceful trails around Burlingham Woods. It's a lovely place for a stroll with carpets of snowdrops in Ferbruary and lots of bluebells in the spring months. There's also the interesting ancient ruins of the 14th century St Peter church to see here.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Norfolk Broads Walks page.