GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Swanton Morley Walks

8 miles (12.7 km)

This attractive Norfolk village is located just to the north of Dereham in the heart of the county. The award winning village includes a noteworthy 14th century church and an early 17th century pub with links to the ancestors of Abraham Lincoln.
This route from the village uses sections of the Walsingham Way and the Wensum Way to create a circular walk through the surrounding countryside. On the way there's pretty villages, ancient churches and views of the River Blackwater to enjoy.
The walk starts on the northern side of the village where you can pick up the Walsingham Way and follow it north to Worthing where you can see the picturesque Worthing Mill on the River Blackwater.
The route then heads south west on country lanes towards Hoe where you can pick up the Wensum Way. You could take a small detour from the route here and head west to visit The Rough nature reserve near Gressenhall. This route follows the trail east to return to Swanton Morley.


NR20 4NY - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

Swanton Morley OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Swanton Morley Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Walks near Swanton Morley

  • Wensum Way - This route takes you from Gressenhall to Lenwade, passing through the lovely River Wensum Valley in Norfolk.
  • Walsingham Way - This walk takes you from the historic abbey in Great Walsingham to the city of Norwich
  • Swaffham - This attractive market town is located in theBreckland District of Norfolk
  • Pensthorpe - This 700 acre natural park in Fakenham has miles of nice walking trails to try
  • Foxley Wood - Visit the largest ancient woodlandin Norfolk on this peaceful walk near Dereham
  • Reepham - This small market town in Norfolk lies in a pleasant spot between the RiverBureandRiver Wensum valleys
  • Hellesdon Circular Walk - A circular walk from the Norwich village of Hellesdon
  • Dereham - This historic Norfolk market town sits in the heart of the county
  • Holkham Park - Enjoy a super cycle or walk in this 3000 acre deer park near Wells-Next-The-Sea on the Norfolk coast
  • North Elmham - This pretty Norfolk village is located near Swanton Morley on the western bank of the River Wensum.
  • Lyng - This pretty Norfolk village is located in a pleasant spot on theRiver Wensum, near Swanton Morley and Dereham.
  • Wendling Way - The Wendling Way is a waymarked walk forming part of Norfolk's Platinum Jubilee Trails


Back in the village you can enjoy some post exercise refreshment at Darby's. The Rustic country pub includes a characterful interior with 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. You can find them at 66 Greengate, NR20 4LX

Dog Walking

The country trails make for a fine dog walk. The two local pubs mentioned above are also dog friendly.

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

Follow the Walsingham Way north and you could visit the lovely Pensthorpe Park near Fakenham. This 700 acre natural park is something of a local highlight with miles of walking trails taking you to lakes, ponds, gardens and riverside trails.
Just to the north is neighbouring North Elmham where you could visit the ruins of the ancient North Elmham Chapel.
A few miles east is the village of Lyng where there's the Sparham Pools Nature Reserve to explore. The reserve includes a series of lakes with lots of water loving wildlife to look out for.
Just to the west there's Beetley and Hoe Rough to explore. The nature reserve includes find peaceful riverside trails with wildlife such as otter, water vole and great crested newt to see.


The war memorial in Swanton Morley - - 1894742

The war memorial in Swanton Morley. The village has an interesting history stretching back to the Domesday Book in the 11th century. It was also home to the ancestors ofAbraham Lincoln,16th President of the United States.The village has won several awards including theCalor Village of the Yearaward 2009/10 for theEast of England

The church of All Saints in Swanton Morley - churchyard - - 1894740

The church of All Saints in Swanton Morley. The church dates back to the 14th century.

Pastures in Swanton Morley - - 1894731

Pastures in Swanton Morley

Worthing Mill - - 326467

Worthing Mill. Although having stopped commercial operation in 1928, Worthing Mill still stands beside the River Blackwater.

River beside Swanton Morley road, near Worthing, Norfolk - - 523507

River beside Swanton Morley road, near Worthing, Norfolk

River Blackwater and Worthing Church - - 309471

River Blackwater and Worthing Church. The River Blackwater joins the River Wensum between North Elmham and Billingford. Here it flows between rough meadows in the hamlet of Worthing. The Romanesque doorway to this tiny church, dedicated to St Margaret, is evidence of its antiquity.

Cottages in Hoe - - 396593

Cottages in Hoe

Country Lane 0.6 Km WEST SWANTON MORLEY Norfolk - - 293144

Country Lane 0.6 Km west of Swanton Morley


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