Norfolk Health,Heritage & Biodiversity Walks

A series of 'Walks' booklets covering the main areas of Norfolk has been produced by the County Council.
 The final one in the series, for the WATTON area (shown below),
 was launched on 26th July 2011.

 The booklet is now available from the Watton & Wayland Visitor Centre, and, although
designed mainly for use by local people, visitors may obtain copies on loan from our
 accommodation providers, ie as listed on the "Where to Stay" page of this website.


For information about the other booklets in this series please click here
From the Countryside Access website it is possible to download copies of any of these booklets
 or even individual pages.


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BOUT WATTON & WAYLAND GUIDED WALKS

 
A series of guided walks take place in Breckand and Wayland throughout the year. Some of the Watton walks are shown below, and may well duplicate those in the above publication.

CHURCH WALK
LEVEL: 1; DISTANCE: 1 MILE: WALK SURFACE: 100% Firm – pavement HILLS? None
   STEPS? None
DESCRIPTION: This walk travels away from the town centre and follows the leafy Church Walk up to the Church before returning back along the same route to the starting point.

LOCH NEATON WALK
LEVEL: 1; DISTANCE: 0.9 MILES
WALK SURFACE: 100% Firm – pavement and gravel surface.
HILLS? Long medium slope leading down to, and back from, Loch Neaton.
STEPS? None
DESCRIPTION: This walk goes through Nelson Court towards the sports centre before following the gravel path down towards Loch Neaton, walking around the seating area, and returning along the same route back to the starting point. Walkers can walk all around the Loch, but this is not advised for beginners due to the narrow, uneven surface.

TOWN GREEN ROAD WALK
LEVEL: 2: DISTANCE: 2.1 MILES
WALK SURFACE: 100% Firm – pavement and road
HILLS? None: STEPS? None
DESCRIPTION: This walk travels away from the town centre, following the leafy Church Walk, past the Church and onto Town Green Road. The return journey is made by walking along Norwich Road before turning into Church Road and returning along Church Walk, back to the starting point.

WOOD LANE WALK
LEVEL: 2; DISTANCE: 2.25 MILES
WALK SURFACE: 70% Firm – pavement and road, 30% Soft – grass, earth and uneven surfaces.
WELLY WARNING! In wet weather this route is likely to be muddy & slippery, please ensure you wear suitable footwear.
HILLS? None; STEPS? None
DESCRIPTION: Walking away from the town centre along Norwich Road, this walk turns right along Gilmans Drift onto Griston Road before joining Wood Lane Walk. The walk passes through the Monkhams Drive housing estate, returning to the starting point along Thetford Road.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: As the walk joins Wood Lane, it passes a house with a large guard dog and free roaming geese.
PEOPLE WHO ARE NERVOUS OF ANIMALS MAY NOT FIND THIS ROUTE SUITABLE.

MERTON ROAD WALK
LEVEL: 2;
DISTANCE: 2.5 MILES
WALK SURFACE: 60% Firm – pavement and road, 40% Soft – Earth, grass, uneven surfaces.
WELLY WARNING! In wet weather this route is likely to be muddy, slippery and flooded in places, please ensure you wear suitable footwear. In very wet weather it may be necessary to walk an alternative walk from the same start point.
HILLS? None; STEPS? None
DESCRIPTION: This walk travels along Merton Road before turning right past Wick Farm to join the Bridle Lane back onto Brandon Road. The return journey is made along Brandon Road before turning right into George Trollop Road past the library and back towards the starting point.

SAHAM CHURCH WALK
LEVEL: 3; DISTANCE: 3.5 MILES
WALK SURFACE: 100% Firm – pavement
HILLS? Long gentle slopes all along the route with some shorter steeper slopes in places.
STEPS? None
DESCRIPTION: This walk sets off along Merton Road before turning into East Road and past the library. We will then follow the main Swaffham and Richmond Roads towards Saham Church. The return journey is made back along the same route.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Although this route follows a main road, there is pathway all along the walk making it is a good route for people who want to have long stretches for brisk walking.

SALLY’S WALK
LEVEL: 3; DISTANCE: 4 MILES
WALK SURFACE: 70% Firm – pavement, road, gravel, 30% Soft – grass, earth, uneven surfaces.
HILLS? Mainly flat with some long medium slopes about half way through the walk.
STEPS? None
DESCRIPTION: This walk follows the follows the full length of Merton Road into Merton before joining Sally’s Walk. After passing Merton Church, the walk returns along the B1110 before turning left along Crow’s Lane back to Merton and following Merton Road back to the starting point.

REDHILL LANE WALK
LEVEL: 3; DISTANCE: 3.6 MILES
WALK SURFACE: 60% Firm – pavement and road, 40% Soft – Earth, grass, uneven surfaces.
WELLY WARNING! In wet weather this route is likely to be muddy, slippery and flooded in places, please ensure you wear suitable footwear. In very wet weather it may be necessary to walk an alternative walk from the same start point.
HILLS? Several long gentle and medium slopes.
STEPS? None
DESCRIPTION: We will walk along Church Walk and along Town Green Road before joining the Redhill Lane Bridleway. Leaving Redhill Lane near Ovington, we will then walk back along the roads to Watton, walking back along Church Walk to the start point.

Sponsored by Lloyds Pharmacy, a schedule of all the Guided Walks is published for each season; they are available from the Dragonfly Exhibition Centre / Visitor Centre or [out of season or when closed]
The Wayland Partnership Office, High Street, Watton.
Tel 01953 880212 [or 883915]

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 Updated to 26/07/11