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Paston Way Walk and the Bittern Line

Had a fantastic day out in Paston country over the May Bank Holiday weekend 2014. We were booked on a CPRE event to visit Sedum House (an eco-house) in Gimingham, conveniently located just off the Paston Way.

So to make a day of it, and wanting to keep our carbon footprint down, we worked out a journey walking different parts of the Paston Way using public transport at either end.

Gunton Station

Photo: Gunton Station

Starting from Norwich, we got the Bittern Line train to Gunton Station, a beautifully restored building – not open to the public but you get more than enough enjoyment viewing it from the other platform. From here we walked to Lower Southrepps and wandered along the boardwalks on both sides of Southrepps Common (which form part of the Paston Way Southrepps Circular Walk). On the west it’s mainly wet woodland, full of singing birds and on the east is a large area of open reedbed, a pretty stream and wooded edge, all managed by volunteers. We saw some lovely wildflowers and also a couple of buzzards flying over woodland in the distance.

Southrepps Commons

Photo: Southrepps Common

Heading out over the wooded hill called ‘The Warren’, with bluebells in flower we cut up near Holley’s Farm via a beautiful hedged green lane (whitethroats singing in the hedges and swallows flying over the fields) to pick up the main route of Paston Way through to Gimingham, stopping off to admire Gimingham Church.

Green Lane

Photo : Green Lane

After visiting Sedum House (a private home, specially opened for the day), we headed across to Mundesley, still on the Paston Way. This route included some stunning views of rolling countryside, with several church towers being visible on the horizon. We spotted a wheatear along this stretch too, feeding on the ground.

Mundesley was a real treat too. The sun was shining and lots of people were enjoying the sandy beach or relaxing on a bench. A paraglider passed overhead and some kids on the beach were pleased when he waved back at them.

Mundesley Beach

Photo: Mundesley beach with Paraglider

It was time to get the bus to North Walsham – We got Sanders No5 from outside Gold Park Gates, which arrived in plenty of time. It didn’t take long to get to North Walsham and the bus route passed through some lovely villages and countryside too. At North Walsham we had a short walk to the train station (after admiring the ruined tower of St Nicholas’ Church) to head back to Norwich. A stag party looked like they were out for a good evening in the city but we were going to relax after a lovely day of walking.

By Lou


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