Tas Valley Way
This 25 mile river walk runs from Cringleford, near Norwich, to Attleborough, visiting a series of pretty villages with historic churches along the way.
Settlements visited include Intwood, Swardeston, Ketteringham, Mulbarton, Hapton, New Buckenham and Old Buckenham. The walk also passes through some delightful Norfolk countryside which includes a long waterside section along the River Tas. You finish in the town of Attleborough where there's a Norman church to visit.
Also of note is the Forncett Steam Museum at the village of Forncett St Mary with its unique collection of steam engines including the one which powered London's Tower Bridge. At Forncett St Peters you will pass the Norfolk Tank Musuem which houses a collection of Cold War British military vehicles, uniforms and artefacts.
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Tas Valley Way OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking
Tas Valley Way Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
Just east of Cringleford you could visit The Red Lion near the start of the walk. It's a historic pub of some note, dating all the way back to the 17th century. There's a charming interior with Dutch gables, beams, panelled walls and inglenook fireplaces. Parking is available and there's also a large garden to relax in on warmer days. You can find them at postcode NR4 7LD for your sat navs.
The Gamekeeper is housed in a 17th Century Grade II listed building next to the large green in Old Buckenham. The charming inn includes a fine interior with timber panelling and floors, comfortable seating, and a large, open fireplace. Outside there's a lovely garden area for warmer days. You can find them at postcode NR17 1RE for your sat navs. The pub is dog friendly if you have your canine friend with you.
On the route in Mulbarton there's the noteworthy World's End. The historic pub dates back to the 1600s when it was an important Coaching Inn. They serve good food and have an award winning Garden area for warmer days. You can find them at postcode NR14 8JT. The village is also a pleasant place for a stroll with a common, a village green, a pond and a fine old church dating back to the 14th century.
At the end of the route you could visit The White Lodge for post walk refreshment in Attleborough. The delightful old thatched pub includes a good sized outdoor area where you can relax on warmer days. You can find them on London Road at a postcode of NR17 1AY for your sat navs. They are also dog friendly if you have your canine friend with you.
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
The trail connects with the Ketts Country Walk, the Yare Valley Walk and the Yare Valley Wherryman's Way Walk which provide another opportunity for exploring the area on a waymarked trail.
Near Swardeston you can pick up another trail and follow it west to visit the village of Hethersett where there's a noteworthy 14th century church and the remains of the old 19th century rail station to see.
On the route look out for the historic Ketteringham Hall a few miles south west of Norwich. There's some lovely grounds and gardens which you can visit in May on one of the popular bluebell walk days. You can also access the grounds from the delightful Orangery tea room. The hall is located just south of the trail as you pass Ketteringham village.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Norfolk Walks page.
Cycle Routes and Walking Routes Nearby
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