- Start: Blickling Park
- End: Blickling Park
- Country: England
- County: Norfolk
- Type: Country
- Nearest pub:
- Ordnance Survey: Ordnance Survey Landranger reference 133/176286
- Difficulty: Medium
Six miles with possibilities...
Blickling and the Bure
Over the last few years Norfolk Ramblers has been making an annual grant to Norfolk County Council to fund specified improvements to rights of way within the county and last year we contributed towards new boardwalk on the approach to the River Bure near Moorgate, just north of Blickling Park, and naturally we now wish to encourage use of the path. Unfortunately while planning the walk in mid December we found that while the boardwalk is excellent as far as it goes, it does not go far enough! We did succeed, with difficulty, in crossing the wet section, but it is unlikely to be passable again before the summer, when it is hoped that conditions will be dry enough to both walk across and for work to extend the boardwalk to proceed. In the meantime we offer an alternative route (2b) which, although rather muddy, was passable immediately after Christmas and with suitable footwear will probably remain so. However, other possibilities are shown on the map.
Park on the main Blickling car park, Ordnance Survey Landranger reference 133/176286, (free for National Trust members).
1 Walk to the back of the car park and follow the signs to the park, then through the gates and ahead following the Weavers Way. Just beyond the exit from the park, when the Weavers Way turns to the right, continue ahead on a field edge path, at a corner go through a gap to the right, follow a track to a lane at Moorgate.
2a Turn right for about 30 yards then turn left on a clear path with new boardwalk and follow this to a footbridge over a watercourse then continue to another footbridge over the Bure. Cross and continue ahead. Go over a stile in a corner on the right and turn left along the field edge. Keep ahead joining a track, turn left along a lane. When the tarmac lane ends bear right along the driveway to Whitehouse Farm.
2b Alternatively (brown arrows) turn left continuing along the lane for over half a mile, then just round a left bend turn right along a track to the Bure and a footbridge. Cross and continue ahead to the tarmac lane and turn left along the driveway.
3 Just beyond the farmhouse, but before the barn turn left, go through a gate then follow the right edge to a gate in the field corner and go ahead, still keeping to the right edge and following it as it swings westwards. Just beyond a long footbridge with stiles bear a little to the left and follow a watercourse until you can cross via a culvert, then aim for a footbridge, cross this and turn left and over another bridge across the Bure, continue ahead, over boardwalk and out to a lane. Turn left and continue for approximately 150 yards. Turn right on a restricted byway, a lovely hedged green lane. The lane runs alongside the edge of Bunkers Hill Plantation, at the end of this turn left along a footpath following along the edge of the wood, at the end go up a bank on to a road.
4 Turn left beyond a junction, then turn left, in front of a zig zag sign, into a NT car park and through a gate at the rear, follow a track for a short distance then right on a crossing cycle way. Follow the meandering path through woodland then close to the road towards the Tower. Pass the tower, crossing the approach track. Keep to the cycle way through Long Plantation. At the end of the wood turn right on a track and cross the road onto a narrower path and soon turn left following the path close to the road, the path joins a track which forks away from the road then joins a narrow lane. Turn right, then at a right bend, opposite a house, go left on a signed NT path along a right edge, then follow it to the right onto a path around the inside boundary of a copse to emerge over a stile into a field, then ahead and over another two stiles onto Silvergate Lane. Turn left then left again on to the main road and follow the verges past Blickling Hall and back to the car park.
Norfolk Ramblers welcomes new members. If you are interested in walking in the company of like-minded people, visit www.norfolkra.org.uk or call 01508 538654. The first few walks are free and without any obligation to join.