I spent a lovely sunny autumnal Tuesday exploring parts of the Marriott’s Way trail. I began at Norwich, such a beautiful walk with a variety of scenery. It wasn’t long before the path left the urban sound of traffic behind for tranquil scenes of countryside, gentle running rivers and peaceful tree lined paths. You can imagine how stunning the trail looked with the changing colours of the leaves framing my walk. On parts of the trail, with a friendly “hello”, I was pleased to cross paths with the occasional dog-walker and cyclist. My interest as a historian was sparked by the railway heritage that punctuates the trail. Marriott’s Way follows the old track bed of the Great Eastern, Northern and Midland railway line. The tracks have now gone but some beautiful bridges still stand the test of time. Further along my travels was the gem that is Whitwell and Reepham Railway Station, the Marriott’s Way striking its path on the old line between the two old platforms behind the red-brick Station House. Standing on the platform gave a great view down the path. Although I didn’t have a ride, the still working railway runs diesel and steam engines on a small section of track. After a hot afternoon of exploration, a rest in the sun with a cup of tea was very welcome; the Station House serves teas, coffees and home-made cakes…music to the ears of every weary trail walker!
By Alice @ Norfolk Trails