GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Broadland Country Park

2 miles (2.8 km)

This country park is located nearHorsfordand Felthorpe in the Norwich area of Norfolk.
In the park there are waymarked cycling and walking trails to follow through the peaceful mix of broadleaf and conifer woodland.
On the way you can look out for a variety of wildlife including mistle thrush, great and blue tits, great spotted woodpecker, crossbill, siskin, lesser redpoll. In the heathland areas there's also common lizards and nightjar to see. If you're lucky you might even spot a deer in the woodland area.
There's also some interesting flora with lots of pretty bluebells in the spring months.
The park is adjacent to Horsford Woods. Just head east from the car park and you can explore these expansive woods.
To continue your walking in the area head north to visit Marsham Heath near Aylsham. There's more good footpaths here with miles of heathland and woodland to explore.

Postcode

NR10 4DF - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

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Broadland Country Park OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Broadland Country Park Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Pubs/Cafes

You could head into nearby Felthorpe and visit the Mariners Arms. You can find them just north west of the park at postcode NR10 4DQ for your sat navs.

Dog Walking

The woodland trails are ideal for dog walking. You'll probably meet other owners on a fine day. The Mariners Arms pub mentioned above is also dog friendly.

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

On the western side of the park you can pick up the Marriot's Way. This popular shared cycling and walking trail runs from from Aylsham to Norwich along a disused railway line.
Just to the south west there's Taverham Mill to explore. The mill is a wildlife rich nature reserve with three colour coded walking trails taking you to grassland, woodland, water meadow and a wild flower meadow. The Costessey Circular Walk can also be picked up in this area. There's nice views of the of the valleys of the rivers Wensum andTud on this easy walk.
To the east there's the Broadland Northway which runs along the major road. You can pick up the trail at nearby Horsham St Faith.

Photos

Entrance to the Car Park ^ Picnic area at Houghen Plantation - geograph.org.uk - 3677109

Entrance to the Car Park and Picnic area at Houghen Plantation

A field-woodland boundary - geograph.org.uk - 1205702

A field/woodland boundary. The public bridleway seen here skirts the western edge of Houghen Plantation, leading from Bilney Lane in the village of Felthorpe to St Faith's Common, further to the east.

Old oaks growing beside ancient path - geograph.org.uk - 1205805

Old oaks growing beside ancient path Houghen Plantation - a woodland consisting of sections of conifers alternating with birch and sweet chestnut trees, interspersed by the occasional ancient oak - borders onto St Faith's Common and the B1149 (Holt Road) in the northeast and onto Dole Plantation and Drayton Dewray in the southwest. The woodland offers a wide range of footpaths, cycle paths and horse rides. It is traversed by an ancient lane which links the public bridleway turning off Bilney Lane in the village of Felthorpe with Sandy Lane just north of the village of Horsford.

Path to St Faith's Common - geograph.org.uk - 1205721

Path to St Faith's Common. An old sunken lane which traverses Houghen Plantation, leading from Bilney Lane in the village of Felthorpe to St Faith's Common.

Log cabin on Whinny Hills - entrance - geograph.org.uk - 1205881

Log cabin on Whinny Hills - entrance. This tiny cabin has been constructed from logs and branches, using rope only to hold everything together. Several living trees are incorporated in the structure. Access is possible by squeezing through the 'V' formed by twin trees.

This way to St Faith's Common - geograph.org.uk - 1205686

This way to St Faith's Common - a dog makes its way along one of the paths. This public bridleway skirts Houghen Plantation and a short distance further on traverses it, leading to St Faith's Common, further to the northeast.

Enjoying the warm mid-March sunshine - geograph.org.uk - 1205698

Enjoying the warm mid-March sunshine. Two dogs playing - a snapshot taken on the public bridleway which skirts the western edge of Houghen Plantation, leading from Bilney Lane in the village of Felthorpe to St Faith's Common, further to the northeast.

The eastern edge of Houghen Plantation - geograph.org.uk - 1205848

The eastern edge of Houghen Plantation. This footpath skirts the eastern edge of Houghen Plantation, following an ancient track which links Bilney Lane in the village of Felthorpe with St Faith's Common, further to the north.

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GPS Files

GPX File

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