Barnham Broom

Norfolk, England

Walk 14 - Swanton Morley (Carrick Estate) walking and hiking route

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Walk Instructions

Start/car parking - Free parking at Park Farm (Hunter’s Hall) Grid Reference TG028166 Post code NR20 4JU.
Refreshments - Darby’s - A lovely rustic, country pub full of farming memorabilia. If using the pub, you can park and walk from here too.
Darby’s Freehouse, Swanton Morley, Dereham, Norfolk NR20 4NY

A stunning and invigorating walk with spectacular views as you follow the course of the River Wensum through a traditional Norfolk farming landscape.

Look out for:
• White Park cattle grazing from May to October
• Small white butterflies during July and August in hedgerows and wildflower meadows
• Swans, Canadian geese, ducks, tufted ducks and kingfishers on and around the River Wensum
• Deer and pheasant in marshy land around the river
• Lapwings over the farmland
• Barn owls and herons

WALK

1. Starting at Park Farm (Hunter’s Hall), walk north along the drive towards Elsing Road.

2. Cross Elsing road and continue along the lane to Castle Farm. As you approach Castle farm, turn right through a large gap in the hedge to the field. There is a Natural England permissive access sign here which shows the line of the permissive path. Walk to the far left hand corner of the field to a gate.

3. Go through the gate and walk straight on, crossing a track and then a drain before approaching the River Wensum. You will see a permissive access board in front of you. Turn right following the path along the river bank.

4. Continue along the path which follows the course of the river for just over a mile. You will pass through several gates en route.

5. You will come to a point where Penny Spot Beck meets the River Wensum. There is a pumping station here. Turn right around the sluice gate and go though a gate to your left. Follow Penny Spot Beck which will be on your left, for just over half a mile, through the Penny Spot Plantation and back to Elsing Road. You will pass through another gate as you approach the road.

6. Cross the road and go through the gate (there is a permissive access sign board by the gate showing your position). Walk straight on for a little under 100 yards.

7. Go through the gap in the hedge and turn right following the course of the drain. Continue following the drain through the next field and at the end of this field, tum left following the field edge.

8. Go through a gate and turn right, again following the field edge. Turn right on to the track and follow this back to Park Farm. Walk round the left of the farm back to the car park at the front of the buildings.

You can also start this walk from All Saints Church, North of the village. Follow way marking to join the circular route. Note this adds about 2 miles total to the walk, if returning to the church.

Shorter option...
You can shorten this walk to 1.4 miles although unfortunately it doesn’t take in the stunning river views. At point 2, turn right on to Elsing Road instead of crossing it and walk for just under half a mile. After crossing a small bridge, turn right through a gate in to a field where there is a permissive access signboard showing your position. Walk straight on for a little under 100 yards and then pick up instruction point 7.

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Disclaimer: This route was correct at time of writing. However, alterations can happen if development or boundary changes occur, and there is no guarantee of permanent access. These walks have been published for use by site visitors on the understanding that neither HPB Management Limited nor any other person connected with Holiday Property Bond is responsible for the safety or wellbeing of those following the routes as described. It is walkers' own responsibility to be adequately prepared and equipped for the ‎level of walk and the weather conditions and to assess the safety and accessibility of the walk.

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