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Have your say on Marriott’s Way!

We’re working together with Norwich City Council, Broadland District Council, South Norfolk Council and Sustrans to draw up a new Improvement Strategy for the Marriott’s Way for the next 10 years. We are keen to find out:

  • Your ideas for improvements on Marriott’s Way
  • Your views on our ideas for improvements on Marriott’s Way

We’re holding a series of drop-in sessions (details below), to cover topics including: surfacing, lighting, information about the trail, vegetation management and other features (e.g. artwork).

Mile Marker 1

Mile Marker 1

Did you know?

  • Marriott’s Way is a 26 mile footpath, bridleway and cycle route which follows the routes of two disused railway lines, running between the historic market town of Aylsham and the medieval city of Norwich.
  • The route is named after the chief engineer and manager of the Midland and Great Northern Railway system, William Marriott.
  • Wonderful countryside, wildlife, public art and a wealth of local history can be found along the way.
Cycling the Marriott's Way

Cycling the Marriott’s Way

Drop-in sessions: 

These are taking place in five locations: Mile Cross, Costessey, Drayton, Reepham and Aylsham.

Location Date Time Venue
Mile Cross 16th February 2015 2:00pm – 6:30pm Norman Centre, Bignold Road, NR3 2QZ
Drayton 20th February 2015 2:00pm – 6:20pm Drayton Village Hall, Pond Lane, NR8 6PP
Costessey 23rd February 2015 2:00pm – 6:30pm Costessey Centre, Longwater Lane, NR8 5AH
Reepham 18th February 2015 2:00pm – 6:30pm

Bircham Centre, Market Place, NR10 4JJ

Aylsham 25th February 2015 2:00pm – 6:30pm

Aylsham Town Hall,  Market Square, NR11 6EL

Improvement Plan online survey (closed)

You told us what you thought about Marriott’s Way via an online survey to help us make the right improvements. The online survey ran from 14th February until 14th March 2015. 

Thank you to everyone who participated in the survey, your views have been so helpful.

Railway heritage smartphone or tablet app survey (closed)

We are also looking at a project to bring the railway history of the trail to life, for example with: historical photographs and documents, audio recordings and short videos at key points on your visit via a smart phone or tablet app.

We carried out an online survey to get your views on this – this survey has now closed. Thank you so much to everyone who took part. The responses will help guide what we do next.

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7 comments on “Have your say on Marriott’s Way!

  1. Pingback: Improving Marriotts Way | Aylsham Town Council

  2. Thumper
    February 10, 2015

    Lots of horse riders also enjoy Marriotts way aswell as dog walkers and I think it’s important to keep it as natural as is possible. Norfolk is being built up everywhere and this is one of the very few escapes we still have left!

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  4. Shaun Harvey
    February 17, 2015

    I live in Taverham so close to Marriots Way. I have walked anc cycled on this many times and never cease to be moved by how beautiful this path is. I also love the history of trains so welcome any opportunity to see old pictures and evidence of ‘times past’. I think ventures such as the Reepham and Whitwell railway should be supported as much as possible. I know they would like to use one side of the platform that is currently the path. With a double width trackbed, this should be possible and still be accessible to walkers, cyclists and horses too.

    This is a reflection of our hoistory and should be preserved and maintained. There are vulnerable sectiions such as those up the line from Reepham where it looks like the path is in danger from wildlife etc.

    We should preserve this pathyway as much as we can and do anything possible to improve the quality of the surface so it suitable for all different types of people from the community.

  5. norfolktrails
    February 19, 2015

    Thank you for your suggestions. Please don’t forget to fill in the online survey. Here is the link to it again: http://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/MarriottsWayImprovement

  6. Viv Goddard
    February 19, 2015

    We love walking and cycling the Marriotts Way. Any of the improvements mentioned would be good. But, please – no lighting!! This would be a waste of money and energy and cause even more pollution. To those who wish to use the path after dark – take a torch!

  7. Edgar
    February 23, 2015

    Give MW back its original purpose. Transport. Active sustainable transport and cycling for all. Encourage the practical use of MW to encourage hundreds of people to leave the car at home and move about and commute on bike into Norwich. Access to all; Disabled, elderly, children, mums, cargo bikes, trailers. Add lighting to make it more convenient, and ro make it feel safer, to make it look well looked after. Lighting is not necessary polluting. Can be done in very nature-friendly ways. The original real natural landscape was changed when the line was build. The surface used now won’t change this now. But making the big mud puddles disappear will open it to many more people who currently don’t use MW because it’s not adequate. Now is a matter of invite everyone to use it to create active transport for the masses. Not only recreational use but a practical use of it. Improve urban landscaping of entrance to MW from Ring Rd roundabout, “opening” the space with cycling and walking facilities like benches, art, signalling, making MW more prominent, more inviting and more welcoming. Redesign route at Hellesdon Rd, making MW follow its original path, a more direct straight crossing, more efficient, with elevated table road crossing and with default right of way for pedestrians and cyclist over crossing motor traffic.

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