GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

West Acre Walks

2 miles (4 km)

The pretty Norfolk village of West Acre lies just to the west of Castle Acre on the Nar Valley Way footpath.
This walk from the village takes you east along the waymarked trail to visit the historic castle and ancient priory remains at neighbouring Castle Acre. Along the way there are some lovely views of the River Nar and the surrounding Norfolk countryside. There's also some picturesque fords and a noteworthy Grade I listed church to see in the village.
Please scroll down for the full list of walks near and around West Acre. The detailed maps below also show a range of footpaths, bridleways and cycle paths in the area.

West Acre OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

West Acre Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Walks near West Acre

  • Castle Acre - This lovely circular walk takes you around the grounds of Castle Acre Priory, before heading along the River Nar to the nearby Castle Acre Common
  • Nar Valley Way - Follow the River Nar from King's Lynn to Gressenhall on this delightful waterside walk through Norfolk.
    The walk passes Shouldham, West Acre and Litcham following footpaths and country lanes close to or beside the River Nar.
    Walk highlights include Pentney Abbey, Pentney Lakes, West Acre Priory and Castle Acre castle and priory
  • Peddars Way and Norfolk Coast Path - The Peddars Way & Norfolk Coast Path begins at Knettishall Heath Country Park in Suffolk and takes you to Holme next the sea on the Norfolk coast along designated footpaths
  • Castle Rising - This Norfolk based village is located close to Kings Lynn in the western part of the county
  • Bawsey Pits - This country park near King's Lynn has nice trails to follow around around birch covered hills and a Scandinavian style lake
  • King's Lynn and The Walks - This nice circular walk takes you around 'The Walks' urban park before a riverside stroll along the Great Ouse
  • Swaffham - This attractive market town is located in theBreckland District of Norfolk
  • Dersingham Bog - This circular walk explores the Dersingham Bog Site of Special Scientific Interest in North Norfolk
  • Roydon Common - This lovely large area of heathland has some nice walking trails to try
  • Great Massingham - This attractive Norfolk village includes a pretty pond, picturesque cottages, a village green and a fine old church.
  • Litcham - This waymarked trail follows the East Lexham Circular Walk through the countryside surrounding the villages of Litcham and East Lexham in Norfolk.

Pubs/Cafes

The Stag serves a good selection of dishes and is also home to Westacre Theatre, which is based in a converted chapel and offers a year-round programme of in-house productions, visiting companies, concerts, workshops, and events. They have a nice outdoor area and can be found at postcode PE32 1TR.

Photos

West Acre, Norfolk - Village sign ^ Priory Gateway - geograph.org.uk - 5621263

West Acre, Norfolk - Village sign & Priory Gateway. The gateway to the 13th-century Priory sits immediately to the west of All Saints Church. The church itself is rather striking, being essentially Perpendicular in style, which is a phase of Gothic architecture that emphasises vertical lines and large windows. Sir Edward Barkham substantially rebuilt the church in the 17th century, and his death head symbol is placed above the entrance to the porch, adding a unique historical touch. This porch contains a 13th-century relief sculpture, showcasing the church's long history and artistic heritage. The clock on the tower serves as a poignant reminder to "Watch and Pray," reflecting the spiritual focus of the church. All Saints is one of seven churches that belong to the Nar Valley Group, a collection of parishes ministered by Canon Stuart Nairn. This grouping allows the communities to share resources and clergy, fostering a sense of unity and collaboration among the local churches.

Ford off Narford Road - geograph.org.uk - 5546360

Ford off Narford Road

Lake south-east of Mill House, West Acre - geograph.org.uk - 1813205

Lake south-east of Mill House, West Acre

Footbridge over ford on the River Nar - geograph.org.uk - 1812328

Footbridge over ford on the River Nar

Priory ruins, Castle Acre - geograph.org.uk - 1867479

Priory ruins, Castle Acre

The ruins of Castle Acre Priory - geograph.org.uk - 5447650

The ruins of Castle Acre Priory

Farm track opposite Home Farm and West Acre Gardens - geograph.org.uk - 565258

Farm track opposite Home Farm and West Acre Gardens. West Acre Gardensare located in a lovely old walled garden. This nursery is a treasure trove for plant lovers and the extensive display gardens have year round interest and beauty.

The angel of the Norfolk - geograph.org.uk - 2890989

The angel of the Norfolk

GPS Files

GPX File

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