A fellow blogger Griffmonsters Great Walks shares his experience walking the Wensum Way from Dereham to Lenwade. Read on for a taster of his day out and about…
A 13 mile walk through the Norfolk countryside following the Wensum Way
Opened in 2012, the Wensum Way was the connecting link between the Nar Valley Way and The Marriott’s Way to enable a Cross Norfolk Trail from Kings Lynn to Great Yarmouth. The name of the trail is taken from the River Wensum which it follows from Swanton Morley through to Lenwade. This is a picturesque ramble through the Norfolk countryside.
The Wensum Way
The Wensum Way is the missing link to the Cross Norfolk Trail linking Kings Lynn and Great Yarmouth. Starting with the Nar Valley Way, the Wensum Way now links to the Marriott’s Way and by way of the Norwich Riverside Path and the Wherryman’s Way the trail is complete. The Wensum Way was opened to the public in 2013 and uses a mixture of public footpaths, old permissive paths and country lanes. It is not currently marked on OS maps so it is worth taking a copy of the route from the Norfolk Trails website. The trail also has a link from East Dereham up to Gressingham where the Nar Valley Way meets the Wensum Way. It then heads to Swanton Morley from where it follows the River Wensum through to the Marriott’s Way at Lenwade.
The 12 miles distance makes it an easy day walk with some great views along the Wensum valley. At Swanton Morley the impressive All Saints Church stands above the valley, dominating the skyline from its commanding position. Further along the humble church of St Mary at Bylaugh sits across the river with its distinctive Norman round tower and at Elsing is the 14th century St Mary’s church. The final section of the walk takes one through the Sparham Pools nature reserve, former gravel works which have been flooded to provide a rich habitat of both flora and wildlife.
On this occasion the Mermaid at Elsing made a convenient lunchtime refreshment stop. Given the right timing one could also visit Darbys at Swanton morley although on this occasion it was too early. The end is at Lenwade where the X29 Norfolk Green bus service connects back to Norwich. For the dedicated walker, you can always walk the Marriott’s Way into the city but this is another 10+ miles.
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