Fen and Railways - a walk around Honing and East Ruston

Quiet Northern Broadland landscapes of one of the less known areas of the County.

Technical sheet
No. 15521914
A Honing walk posted on 05/10/21 by Norfolk Heron. Update : 20/10/21
Calculated time Calculated time: 1h35[?]
Distance Distance : 3.47mi
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 30ft
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 30ft
Highest point Highest point : 30ft
Lowest point Lowest point : 0ft
Easy Difficulty : Easy
Back to starting point Back to starting point : Yes
Walking Walking
Area Area : The Broads
Location Location : Honing
Starting point Starting point : N 52.797427° / E 1.447897°
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There is parking at the Village Hall or further along the walk route on Honing Common (just on the side of the road for one or two cars only).

(D/A) Walk down The Street to a more open glade area of grassland within a wooded copse (which is Honing Common). Turn left along a minor lane and go straight across the crossroads at the other side of the common.

(1) After 200 yds the road divides - take the left fork as it curves northwards. After 300yds turn right at a sharp junction along Honing Common Rd towards a small farmstead. After 50 yards, look out for a footpath across the agricultural field and turn left onto that.

(2) Cross two fields on this path before dropping through a hedge and down a steep bank onto East Ruston Road (it becomes School Road later). Go approximatively 250 yards and look out for a road junction on the right where the road divides (to Honing Road) opposite this is a small gap in the hedge and an informal path winds its way through the woodland carr (wet woodland) of East Ruston Allotment which is designated as Open Access land under the 2000 Act and is a form of common land containing an interesting and valuable range of ecological habitats including wet woodland (carr), fen (wetland with some open water), heath (gorse and dry woodland) and more open areas of heathy grassland with heather - overall a lovely area and very special.

Go through the woodland and come out in the first larger area of open grass surrounded by gorse clumps and woodland - where this ends with more gorse enclosing the path either turn right on a small narrow 'deer path' before the clump of gorse or immediately afterwards (both lead to a gap in the hedge beside the Butchers Arms Pub where the next stage of the walk proceeds).

If you miss both turnings, there are other pathways up to the road - all of which are unmanaged and narrow / bit indistinct - but you will need to backtrack to the Butchers Arms. Cross the road and look for a pathway to the rear of the houses and in front of the pub which leads off at an angle to the right. Just keep going on this path and it becomes a trackway soon - then a small lane. The land to the right is more common land which is wooded.

(3) Take Chapel Road and carry on for around 1/2 mile where there is a sharp turn to the left and ahead of you is a small low 'railway crossing cottage' type building on the right hand side of the road. A trackway branch off the road just before this cottage and almost immediately drops onto the former railway track which is now Weavers Way. Go right on the railway and this will take you back through woodland, and fields to Honing Common.

You can divert a few yards to the left when you come to a level crossing track if you want to go to see the lock at the North Walsham and Dilham Canal - it's worth the visit and you can hear the water running from the railway track.

(4) Just after the interesting cast iron road bridge which crosses the track, look out for a gate on the right with a trackway - this short track leads back to the glade in Honing Common. Turn left onto The Street and back to the start of the walk(D/A)

Waypoints :
D/A : mi 0 - alt. 30ft - Village Hall
1 : mi 0.49 - alt. 20ft - The Common
2 : mi 1.06 - alt. 10ft - East Ruston Road
3 : mi 1.53 - alt. 7ft - Chapel Road
4 : mi 3.17 - alt. 30ft - Iron road bridge
D/A : mi 3.47 - alt. 30ft - Village Hall

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