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See the sights of Norwich in this Norfolk Ramblers walk

PUBLISHED: 14:08 09 January 2017 | UPDATED: 14:08 09 January 2017

St James' Hill provides an excellent viewing point across the city skyline

St James' Hill provides an excellent viewing point across the city skyline

Peter James

Coming in to Norwich for the January sales? Take a break from the crowds with this walk overlooking the city, from Peter James of Norfolk Ramblers

Map of Norwich walkMap of Norwich walk

Distance: Five-and-a-half miles

Start: Start at Norwich Railway Station, Station Approach, Norwich, NR1 1EF (ref TG238 084)

Points of interest: Norwich Station, Rosary Cemetery, Lion Wood, Britannia Barracks, Mousehold Heath, Cow Tower and Pulls Ferry

Cafe BritanniaCafe Britannia

1. Leave the Norwich Station car park from the right-hand corner. Cross Thorpe Road, follow Riverside Road to the second road on right - Aspland Road - at the end of the road, go up the steps and turn left, along path round into Rosary Road. Turn right just after Ethel Road, turn left up drive to Rosary Cemetery. At the end of the wall, just before the chapel and notice-board turn right and follow the drive round the edge of the cemetery. Go through a gap in the old wall by another notice-board into a newer section. Around a left bend, you will come to a path; across the grass to a gate - this brings you on to Telegraph Lane.

2. Turn left up road for 20 metres, then take steps on opposite side of road into Lion Wood. Follow path to a clearing where the fence turns left, carry straight on through the gap and follow path to a barrier. This brings you on to Wellesley Avenue North. At crossroads turn left along Wolfe Road, then take the second right along Britannia Road. Cross Plumstead Road, then carry on along Britannia Road. This is a good point for a stop at Café Britannia. For good views of the city take the path opposite the café to St James’ Hill, returning to Britannia Road.

The route passes through woodland at Mousehold HeathThe route passes through woodland at Mousehold Heath

3. Turn left, follow to the main road turning sharp right on to a track. Pass through the barrier and follow this path straight on - you will come to a hard surfaced track, cross this, taking the path in front of you. Go gently uphill until you come to the pitch and put course on the right. At the buildings on your right turn sharp left following this path to the road. Cross the road to the car park, cross to the righthand corner, follow to a cross path in the dip. Keep straight on to the playing field on your right, bear slightly leftwards on the main path. Go down another dip and leftwards up the other side. Go across a large open space with a pond on your left, follow path to edge of heath.

4. At the house and exit turn left, follow the track to barrier, turning left down the steps. Follow to end of clearing, then turn right at the cycle track. Turn left following through to Mousehold Avenue. Cross road to the clearing; in line with the bus stop is a path through the woods, follow this to the track coming up to the old ranger’s house. Turn left to the road, then right down to the new cycle track; follow this down through the flats to Heathgate. Turn left, follow round to Cannell Green. At bottom of hill take path to main road, cross at crossing, take the path between the flats and leisure centre, then turn right following riverside to the Jarrold Bridge.

Jarrold BridgeJarrold Bridge

5. Cross bridge, then turn left, pass through the gate (be aware that the riverside path is locked at dusk). Follow the path beside the river, cross the bridge at the 18th century Swan Pit, then pass the 13th century Cow Tower. Follow path to Bishop Bridge Road, take the alley straight ahead through to Pulls Ferry. At this point, if you wish to visit Norwich Cathedral turn right, if not go through the gate following the riverside to the steps to the Compleat Angler pub to the bridge. Turn left back to the station.

Points of interest

A) The Rosary Cemetery in Rosary Road, Norwich, was the first non-denominational cemetery in England, licensed for burials by the Bishop of Norwich in 1821 when the first interment took place. It was to be a cemetery where people were free to be buried with the religious service of their choice or not, if that was their preference.

Cow TowerCow Tower

B) Lion Wood is a nature reserve looked after by Norwich City Council.

C) Britannia Barracks was built in 1885 and is now occupied by Norwich Prison. Café Britannia is a social enterprise working with current and ex-offenders at Norwich Prison and serves breakfast, snacks, meals and afternoon teas.

Pulls FerryPulls Ferry

D) Mousehold Heath is a 184-acre area made up of heathland, woodland and recreational open space in the north of Norwich. It is the largest local nature reserve managed by Norwich City Council, prized for its wildlife and is a place where people can go to unwind from the pace of city life.

E) Cow Tower was one of the earliest purpose-built artillery blockhouses in England, built in 1398-9 to control a strategic point in Norwich’s city defence.

Get rambling

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 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 pdjames.ramb@ntlworld.com; 07905 565740

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