This walk in the Norfolk Broads explores the waterways to the east of Acle including the River Bure and Tunstall Dyke. The final section of the walk uses a section of the Weavers' Way long distance footpath. The route is generally easy to follow and as one might be expected for this area there is no uphill walking!
Calculated time is computed with the distance, the height difference, and an average speed of 2.2 mph. For an intermediate walker, this time includes small breaks.
The start is the large car park on the north side of Bridewell Lane in the centre of Acle (grid ref. TG401107) which lies to the north of the A47 west of Yarmouth. Exit the car park and turn left along Bridewell Lane. It is easier to stay on the north side of this road. This leads into Old Road which should be followed to a T-junction (the A1064). Bear left here and follow the A1064 for a short way. Cross the road carefully to an open area which gives access to the moorings at Acle Dyke.
(1)Walk along the southern side of the Dyke (with the Dyke to your left) and continue to the River Bure. Bear right here and continue down the river which should be on your left. Continue along the grassy banks of the River Bure passing Commission Drainage Mill (sadly with no sails). A short way further you will see the village of Stokesby on the north bank of the River Bure. Continue following the footpath beside the river for a further half a mile to reach a pumping station at the eastern end of Tunstall Dyke (grid ref. TG431095).
(2)Turn right here and follow the path along the southern bank of Tunstall Dyke. The path crosses the A47, a railway line and two drainage windmills to reach the end of a tarmac lane (grid ref. TG420090). After 600 metres turn right on to the signed footpath on your right. This is the Weavers' Way.
(3)The route soon reaches a solitary barn (grid ref. TG409089). Turn right here following the waymarks and continue north. The Weavers' Way passes under the railway and A47 in quick succession to reach Acle Dyke and the moorings first encountered at the start of the walk. All that remains is to retrace your route by crossing the A1064, bearing right down Old road, and then keeping to the right into Bridewell lane and the car park.
D/A : mi 0 - alt. 23ft - Start: Acle car park
1 : mi 0.57 - alt. 3ft - Acle Dyke
2 : mi 2.72 - alt. -3ft - Pumping Station
3 : mi 3.9 - alt. 13ft - Weaver's Way: turn right
D/A : mi 5.98 - alt. 26ft - Finish: Acle car park
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Global average : 3.67/5
Number of opinions : 1
Description quality : 2/5
Routemap quality : 4/5
Walk interest : 5/5
Global average : 3.67 / 5
Date of walk
Description quality : Disappointing
Routemap quality : Good
Walk interest : Very good
The walk was nice, but unfortunately not user friendly. At start, Acle Staithe, had to climb/scramble up a brick wall to walk on a narrow overgrown path along the Staithe, to get to the River Bure. Banks along river were overgrown, had rain day before, we had soaking wet boots and socks by end of walk. Scenery was beautiful, boats on river, drainage mill, Stokesby Village, heard a cuckoo, seen a swallow, geese, swans, ducks, horses, cattle, sheep. Once we crossed the railway line, next part of walk along dike, was overgrown with nettles, got stung!! Near end of walk, nice fields, lanes, wood, stream, open fields where lots of beautiful cattle grazing. Walked through a nice wood back to Acle.
A half day walk exploring the Norfolk Broads. The route stars in Acle and then follows the River Bure north past Clippesby Drainage Mill to the village of Upton. The return route crosses fields back to the start and offers a chance to visit the lovely round-towered church at Fishley.
A longer walk in the Norfolk Broads that includes a number of water features as well as some rural landscapes. The route is generally easy to follow and provides an insight into the many unique features of this watery landscape.
A Norfolk Broads walk that explores the landscape between Fleggburgh and Stokesby. The route includes a number of features unique to this area, which despite its flatness is still full of interest.
A walk that includes the unique character of the Norfolk Broads. The route does include some road walking but provides the opportunity to see one of the finest windmills in the area.
River banks and quiet lanes taking in St. Benets Abbey on the way.
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