Buxton - Brampton - Lamas - Buxton
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Buxton and Brampton are both beautiful Norfolk villages and this walk takes you to some of the best places. The walk starts off by the Bure Valley Railway at Buxton and follows the footpath alongside the railway for just over a kilometre. The Bure Valley Railway is a lovely scenic line connecting the Broadland village of Hoveton with Aylsham and is nine miles long. The route plays host to a charity event every year where people are sponsored to walk from Aylsham back to Hoveton to raise money for McMillan Cancer Research.
The route turns off and heads away from the railway and into the small village of Brampton. This village's history stretches back thousands of years. Only a mile to the west, Roman buildings were discovered, marking this site as some form of Roman settlement. According to Norwich History Museum, it is believed that the buildings were part of a large settlement like a town or fort, by no means of the size or importance of the Roman settlement in Caistor St Edmund (Venta Icenorum), but more like the settlements in Burgh Castle and Caister-on-Sea.
From Brampton, the route follows the southern riverbank of the River Bure from here on all the way to Buxton Mill. The start of this leg of the walk is one of the most beautiful places to walk anywhere in Norfolk. The footpath passes alongside Oxnead Hall and a stunning waterfall. Although not a natural cascade, it is no less beautiful. The waterside grassy field is the perfect place for a spot of lunch, with the sound of the crashing water by the weir and singing birds in the surrounding trees and marshes. The riverbank path is intercepted by a footpath that takes you right into the grounds of Oxnead Hall. This is a worthwhile diversion of about a kilometre and gives you grand views of the hall. The oldest parts of the present hall date from around 1580 and was one of the homes of the Paston family. In 1676 it had the honour of playing host to King Charles II and his court. Unfortunately, most of the hall was demolished after it was purchased by Admiral Anson in 1757, with only the servants' quarters remaining intact. The current hall has been extensively redesigned by John Hedgecoe (1932-2010).
From the hall, the route follows the River Bure all the way to Buxton Mill. In the process it crosses an ancient Roman road which connected the Roman settlement in Brampton to the camp at Wayford Bridge and on to Caister-on-Sea Roman Fort. The approach to Buxton Mill is glorious, passing Lamas Hall and Church in the process. The mill is now self-catering apartments and is a Grade II listed building. The origins of the mill date back to before the Domesday Book, but the present mill was reconstructed due to a major fire in 1991.
England - East England - Norfolk - River Walk
Ancient Monument, Birds, Butterflies, Church, Flowers, Mostly Flat, River, Stately Home, Waterfall, Wildlife, Woodland
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