Bure Valley Path Railway Walk
This walk and cycle track runs along Bure Valley Railway, and the River Bure from Aylsham to Wroxham. The route passes Brampton, Buxton and Coltishall with each having a station if you wish to rest your legs and take a trip on the railway.
The Bure Valley Railway is Norfolk's longest fifteen inch gauge line. It opened on 10th July 1990, and the long distance footpath running parallel with it was opened a year later in 1991. It's a nice flat path which runs for about 9 miles. As such it makes for a leisurely stroll or an easy cycle ride.
The long distance Rebellion Way passes along the route. The epic 232 mile circular ride visits some of the major highlights of Norfolk, using a series of quiet country lanes and traffic free paths.
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In Aylsham Station there's the Whistlestop Café where you can enjoy freshly baked cakes and sweet treats, hot and cold drinks, tea and fresh bean coffee, sandwiches, light snacks and ice creams. There's a more limited range of options at the other end of the route at Wroxham Station.
Liberty in Wroxham is another good option. It's situated right next to the river and includes a lovely outdoor area where you can enjoy a view of the Wroxham broads. You can find them on Norwich Road with a postcode of NR12 8RX for your sat navs.
In Coltishall there's an excellent riverside pub in the shape of The Rising Sun. You can enjoy refreshments in the lovely garden area with excellent views over the river. You can find the pub at 28 Wroxham Road with a postcode of NR12 7EA for your sat navs.
The path makes for a nice dog walk and the railway is also very dog friendly. They are welcome in all public areas of the railway, including the Cafe. They specially put out dog bowls filled with fresh water too.
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
The Wroxham Walk uses part of the trail to explore the area around the town. There's also the Aylsham Walk which visits the historic Blickling Hall and the Marriot's Way rail trail.
In Wroxham you can also pick up the Hoveton Walk which visits the nearby Hoveton Hall. The 19th century house includes some beautiful grounds with stunning gardens, a pretty lake and popular snowdrop walks in February.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Norfolk Walks page.