- Start: Salle Church
- End: Salle Church
- Country: England
- County: Norfolk
- Type: Country
- Nearest pub:
- Ordnance Survey: Ordnance Survey Landranger 133, Explorer 238
- Difficulty: Medium
Ramblers' Walk around Salle and surrounding area
A splendid sight
Six and a quarter miles
This walk starts at Salle church, Ordnance Survey Landranger 133, Explorer 238, reference 110249. There is space to park on the grass in front of the church. St Peter and St Paul is almost wholly perpendicular, it was built within the first half of the 15th century and without later additions. A late 19th century restoration was sensitively done. It is an enormous church, justifiably famed for its beauty, with much of interest for architectural and historical enthusiasts as well as more casual observers.
1 From the front of the church turn right along the road, turn left at a junction, then at a bend in the road go to the right along Merrisons Lane. Continue round with a wood on the right, then at end of the wood take the right fork along a footpath. After nearly one third of a mile turn right along a right edge. Pass the derelict Forest Farm house and join the access track, go left along Burnthouse Lane. Turn right at a junction and pass Home Farm, then left along Reepham Road and continue to Wood Dalling Church. St Andrews is in a delightful setting, with village pond in front; it mainly dates from the 13th and 14th centuries, but the perpendicular tower is a 15th century addition.
2 Pass the church and pond then turn left into Church Lane, or alternatively go through the churchyard and adjacent field. When road turns right go straight ahead along a track. Immediately after passing a small wood on the right leave the main track which swings round to the left and go straight ahead with a hedge on your left. This track was rather overgrown, but passable at the time of writing. Continue ahead when it joins a farm track on a corner. When this track begins to bend to the right and just beyond where hedge on left finishes turn left on a wide field edge track with a ditch on your left. Turn right at a junction and continue on this track to a junction by a cottage on a corner.
3 Turn left along a track to its end. (The next section follows an unofficial diversion, which could be changed before this is published, in which case we hope the alternative will be the obvious.
The definitive right of way is also shown on the map.) Turn left along the field edge and continue round with wood on left. When
the edge of the wood first bears to the left keep alongside, but when it soon turns away to the left again bear to the right on a marked cross field path, going towards Salle Moor Hall. At the far side of the field rejoin the right of way to go over a stile on a corner, continue ahead along a field edge, through a gate and go leftwards through the farmyard to join a driveway. At end of driveway go straight over the road and across a field, then through a narrow wood and left alongside the far edge towards Salle Church. The splendid view of the church was the main reason for deciding to do the walk this way round. At the end of the wood the path bears left across the playing field, but the track continues ahead for a few yards to the road. Either route is acceptable.