Walking routes

Summary

Photo of a public footpath sign

There are six long distance walking routes in South Norfolk:

  • Boudicca Way – Norwich to Diss;
  • Wherrymans Way – Norwich to Gt Yarmouth;
  • The Angles Way – Thetford to Gt Yarmouth;
  • The Tas Valley Way – Eaton to Attleborough;
  • Kett’s Country – Norwich to Wymondham, and;
  • Tiffey Valley - Wymondham.

See the ‘further information’ section below for details of each of these walks, or ‘downloads’ section for parish walk maps.

Further information

The Boudicca's WayBoudicca Way

The Boudicca Way is a long distance footpath which runs for approximately 36 miles between Diss and Norwich. Running roughly parallel with the old Roman ‘Pye’ Road, now known as the A140, the route follows public rights of way and quiet country roads, stopping off in picturesque villages such as Shotesham, Saxlingham Nethergate and Pulham Market along the way.

The Boudicca Way is named after the legendary warrior Queen of the Iceni, whose tribes once inhabited the area. The footpath was originally founded by the Council and has recently undergone improvements as part of the Waveney Valley project.  

For a map of the Boudicca Way see the downloads section above, or visit the Boudicca Way website [external link].


Wherrymans Way

Three wherries (single-sailed boats)Wherrymans Way is a 35 mile route that follows the course of the River Yare between Norwich and Yarmouth. It was developed within a partnership involving South Norfolk Council, Norfolk County Council, The Broads Authority, and Great Yarmouth, as well as many businesses and service providers working along this route.

The River Yare was an important trading route linking Norwich with the port of Great Yarmouth and beyond. Most towns and villages had Dykes connecting them to the river, and a Staithe – a place where wherries moored to load and unload goods.

You can reach most of the towns and villages on this route using public transport, including river bus. There are also free 24 hour moorings along the route and many pubs have customer moorings. Walkers can therefore choose their route. 

Along the Wherrymans Way route you will discover a number of sculptures, characters, information panels and audio points allowing you to discover the history of the waterways and wherries.


The Angles Way

Part of the Angles Way route, passing along the Waveney valleyThis 77 mile route passes along the Waveney (pictured) and Little Ouse valleys on the borders of Norfolk and Suffolk, through picturesque villages and historic towns. The landscape is punctuated by the distinctive round towers of churches and the occasional windmill and watermill. It varies from the open heaths, conifer plantations and sandy soils of Breckland in the west, to the low-lying grazing marshes and watery landscape of the Broads in the east.

The Angles Way Path runs from Great Yarmouth on the coast to Knettishall Heath Country Park near Thetford. It completes the ‘Round Norfolk Walk’ of 219 miles by joining the Peddars Way, the Norfok Coast Path and the Weavers Way. It also links to Boudica’s Way, the Icknield Way, the Bigod Way and the Waveney Way.

The route mainly uses public rights of way, and you can follow it on the ground by using the green waymark arrows with ‘Angles Way’ in yellow lettering. It is recommended that the guide is used in conjunction with the Ordnance Survey 1:25000 Pathfinder maps of the area.

For further information about Angles Way please telephone the Department of Planning & Transportation, Norfolk County Council, 01603 223284. All leaflets relating to these walks are available from Diss Tourist Information Centre, tel 01379 650523.

The Tas Valley Way

Tas Valley Way is a 25 mile walk from Eaton to Attleborough. The path runs between Eaton and Attleborough and links with both Kett’s Country Walk and the Yare Valley Walk. The walk passes through a landscape shaped by the Enclosure Acts, and where public access is now generally restricted to roads and public rights of way. Notable exceptions are New Buckenham and Old Buckenham Commons, where free access may be enjoyed.


The Tas Valley Way - with a few diversions - leads you on a remarkable journey to sixteen churches in sixteen villages and towns, scattered amongst the unspoilt countryside of South Norfolk. Each church reveals something of the individual local character - of the countryside, the people, and the history of the settlements.

Kett’s Country

Kett’s Country is a 21 mile walk from Cringleford to Wymondham. The walk takes you through ‘enclosed lands’, with public access only on roads or public paths. There are many churches that you can visit on route.

Tiffey Valley

Wymondham Abbey seen from the Tiffey ValleyThe Tiffey Trail offers a variety of landscapes, nature reserves and walks with a wealth of flora and fauna that is easily accessible to all. The river runs within the trail just a few hundred yards out of the town centre.

To add interest and enjoyment to this valley walk benches have been installed with carved motifs representing valley flora and fauna and Wymondham heritage.

And two small viewing towers have been erected, one on the Lizard and one at Toll's Meadow; both are made of green oak and echo features of the town's two best known 'icons' the Abbey and the Market Cross.

Download the Tiffey Valley Guide [PDF, 1,450k Opens in a new window]

Download the Tiffey Valley map [PDF, 3,234k Opens in a new window]

External links

Countryside Access, Norfolk County Council
Gives information on circular walks, long distance paths and bridle/cycle paths in the Norfolk countryside.

Wherrymans Way
This website gives information on the Wherrymans Way route including a route map and a leaflet giving details of the various places along this route.


About links to other websites.

Contact us

contact officer/team: Countryside and Heritage Manager
web: online enquiry form
email: Countryside@s-norfolk.gov.uk
telephone: 01508 533945
minicom/textphone: 01508 533622
address: South Norfolk Council
South Norfolk House
Swan Lane
Long Stratton
Norwich NR15 2XE

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Last updated on: 22 March 2011