A lovely 5-mile walk around Leziate, Norfolk
PUBLISHED: 12:40 12 February 2019 | UPDATED: 10:57 13 February 2019
We're in the west of the county this month with Peter James and the Norfolk Ramblers
Distance: 5 miles, 8 kilometres
Start/finish: Start at Leziate village hall
Grid Reference: TF680191
Post code: PE32 1EN
1. From the rear of the car park pass through the two kissing gates, then follow the path between the paddocks. At the junction of paths, turn right, following the field edge path. You will come to a track – turn left, follow the track to East Winch Road, then turn left along the road for 250 yards. Turn right on to the footpath between the houses at the finger post.
2. Follow the path uphill beside the field to the gap in the hedge; bear left, then keep following the track to an open area beside the church. There is a gate in the church yard from the side or turn left at the marker post and pass in front of the church. The church is worth a visit; it is usually unlocked. From the church take the track from the car park, follow to the road straight on through the farmyard, keeping to the left. Follow the track. At the finger post take the cross-field path to the B1145.
3. Go straight over to Fen Lane and follow to the bottom. Just past the houses you take the marked track to the left. Follow to the woods, which are open if you wish to enter, then a little further is the entrance to Leziate Fen which is open access land which you can wander around. You will need to come back to the same entrance to re-join the track. Follow the track, passing a footpath off to the left; keep to the track between the paddocks and at Elm Tree Farm at the end of the track, just before the road, take the path inside the hedge to the top.
Leave through the gap in the hedge and turn left on the verge to the finger post.
4. Cross the road, take the track bearing slightly left following to a marker post. Turn left, following the track to the road. Be careful crossing the road. Just a short distance up the road take the footpath beside the pit up to the road and join it. Passing the remains of the old country club turn left down the track.
Following round to the right uphill beside the workings you will come to the point where you joined the path; turn right and return to the village hall.
Points of interest
A. The medieval parish church of All Saints at Ashwicken dates from the 13th to the 15th centuries. The west tower has a pyramidal tiled roof and a 13th century west window. The church was restored in the 19th century and the chancel and south porch were completely rebuilt. The interior of the church
has a 19th century king post roof and a mid-19th century font. It has an attractive little organ
and quite an impressive stained-glass window.
B. There are many water-filled pits in the area from the extraction of silica sand which is used in the manufacture of glass. There are still active pits in use in the area and the sand extracted is used in the pits for long jumps. Some of the old workings are now nature reserves and one, at Bawsey, is being used as a country park.
Ordnance Survey maps are available from all good booksellers and outdoor stores or visit the online shop www.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/al
Norfolk Ramblers welcomes new members. If you are interested in walking in the company of like-minded people, visit norfolkra.org.uk or call 07505 426750. For queries about this walk, phone 07905 565740.
Norfolk Ramblers has established a footpath working group to do some path cutting and general maintenance. We try to make sure that all the paths in these walks are fit to walk, but if you encounter a problem please tell us.
Contact Peter James at firstname.lastname@example.org; 07905 565740