GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Walsingham Way Walk

38 miles (60.5 km)

This walk takes you from the historic abbey in Great Walsingham to the city of Norwich.
On the way you'll pass several ancient religious sites and enjoy some splendid Norfolk countryside views. The route runs for just under 40 miles on a series of fairly flat footpaths.
The walk starts off in the village of Great Walsingham at Walsingham Abbey. Here you'll find the spectacular ruins of the mediaeval Priory of our Lady of Walsingham. The grounds are also a lovely place for a walk with carpets of snowdrops in January/February.
From here the trail heads south through the countryside to Great Snoring, Little Snoring and Croxton. Here you can see the ancient remains of St Johns Chapel, a Domesdaychurchwith standing remains possibly dating back to the 11th or 12th century.
The route continues to Stibbard and Great Ryburgh where you will cross the River Wensum. Near here you'll pass Pensthorpe Park in Fakenham, where you will find a series of pretty lakes and lots of wildlife.
You continue south to North Elmham where you'll pass the North Elmham Chapel, another historic route highlight. The English Heritage site includes the fascinating ruins of a small Norman chapel of unique design, which was converted into a small castle whose defensive banks and moats still surround the site.
The route continues south east past Swanton Morley, Elsing and Lyng where you will pass close to the Sparham Pools nature reserve. Around here the route also links up with the Wensum Way, a riverside trail taking you through the valley of the River Wensum.
You continue east past Lenwade to Ringland, passing close to the Marriot's Way, shared cycling and walking route running through the area.
The final section takes you past Taverham and Drayton, before a stretch along the River Wensum takes you into the Norwich City Centre.

Walsingham Way OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Walsingham Way Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Pubs/Cafes

There are a couple of good options in the pretty village of Swanton Morley if you are in need of some rest and refreshment. Darby's is a Rustic country pub with a characterful interior including tractor seats as bar stools. They have an extensive menu including a fine Sunday roast. You can find them on Elsing Road with a postcode of NR20 4NY for your sat navs.
There's also the Angel which dates back to 1610 and is Grade II listed. Inside there's roaring fire and a low ceiling with original beams which have English hops hanging from them. The pub also has connections with the ancestors of American president Abraham Lincoln. You can find them at 66 Greengate, NR20 4LX.

Photos

Walsingham Abbey - geograph.org.uk - 2833357

Walsingham Abbey. Historically, Walsingham, was one of the the four great shrines of medieval Christendom, ranking beside Jerusalem, Rome and Santiago da Compostella and was visited by thousands of pilgrims from all over Europe, including nearly all the kings and queens of England from Henry III to Henry VIII.

The packhorse bridge, Walsingham Abbey - geograph.org.uk - 2289472

The packhorse bridge, Walsingham Abbey. With snowdrops.

St John the Baptist's Chapel - geograph.org.uk - 571096

St John the Baptist's Chapel, Croxton. View east through east window. The chapel was abandoned during the 1880s and since then the small church and its graveyard have been left to go back to nature. Surrounded by a woodland, the ruin is covered in ivy, and the headstones, some fallen over, are hidden in the dense undergrowth. Trees are growing inside the roofless building and its walls have started to crack and crumble.

Landing Stage - geograph.org.uk - 511040

Landing Stage. The River Wensum glides through the heart of North Norfolk - and here it passes the gardens of cottages on the edge of Great Ryburgh village. So what better place to have a landing stage or fishing platform.

North Elmham Castle

Ruins of 11th-century bishop's chapel and 14th-century fortified manor house at North Elmham

Mill Bridge - geograph.org.uk - 899159

Mill Bridge. The bridge used to lead to Lyng Mill, now closed. The view was taken looking upstream, from Lyng bridge. The roof of Mill House can be seen at left.

The Street - geograph.org.uk - 667300

Ringland

River Wensum - geograph.org.uk - 1973943

River Wensum, Norwich.

Video

GPS Files

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