Carbrooke walk June 2012
PUBLISHED: 10:25 21 December 2012 | UPDATED: 22:31 20 February 2013
Seven miles around Carbrooke
In sunshine and shock
This walk has been devised to use two rather delightful rights of way, which unfortunately do not join satisfactorily with other rights of way, or permissive paths, to make a logical circular walk. One path is tree lined and shady, the other open with views across undulating countryside. The route described below fills the gaps with rather more road walking than we would wish and, to avoid having all the best parts of the walk at the beginning, takes a figure of eight course, using one fairly short section of road twice.
Some walkers might prefer to follow the directions to point two then turn left along the concrete track to follow the right of way past the water works to point three, then turn round and retrace their steps back to the start still about seven miles, but turn back earlier for a shorter walk. Another possibility would be to follow the directions via point three to points four/two then retrace your steps back to the start via Redhill Lane this option would be marginally shorter. The right of way around Carbrooke Fen and the water works is very well signed, and combined with the map, should present no difficulties whichever way you approach it.
Parts of Redhill Lane can be rather muddy, so good footwear is recommended. Park on the public car park behind Queens Hall in Watton, access is from the A1075, Dereham road. Ordnance Survey, Landranger 144, Explorer 237, reference 918008. Public transport is an option as Watton has regular bus services from Norwich and other towns in the area.
1 Emerge from the car park on to the road and turn right, and soon right again through a gateway into Church Walk, a lime tree avenue, planted to commemorate the coronation of Edward VII in 1902. Continue ahead past St Marys Church and the cemetery then left along Redhill Lane. Follow round the northern end of the residential park, then keep ahead, ignoring a track on the left. Continue along the narrowing tree lined lane, it crosses a stream, then, at the end of a straight stretch, turns right, followed by a left bend, then joins a road, turn right.
2 Immediately beyond Bush Farm follow the road round to the right, (unless you wish to take the alternative route, in which case turn left along the concrete track from the corner). Continue to a T-junction and turn left, then left again at the next junction and follow the road through Carbrooke, passing the large church, dedicated to St Peter and St Paul.
3 Go left along the driveway to Fen Farm, then sharp left, passing Carbrooke Fen on your left. Beyond the trees follow the signed track to the left and then left again at another junction. Turn right along the concrete track by the Anglian Water works, then left past Water House and continue to the road.
4 To return to the start via Redhill Lane, turn right, otherwise continue ahead, but at the junction turn right, continue for almost three quarters of a mile, then fork right into Town Green Road, pass the church and return to the start.
Norfolk Ramblers welcome new members. If you are interested in walking in the company of like-minded people, visit www.norfolkra.org.uk or call 01508 538654. For queries about this walk call 01953 861094.