Hickling - Weavers Way - Hickling Heath - Hickling

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Starting off in the parish car park in the centre of the village, the walk heads away from the busy roads and seeks out quieter surroundings. On the walk down Stubb Road there are several stunning little cottages surrounded by open countryside. The end of Stubb Road plays host to Hickling Nature Reserve. There are many beautiful walks around the nature reserve and it is very popular for birdwatchers and people who enjoy walking around the natural countryside.

The next part of the walk follows a footpath along field edges and through a nearby farm before working its way to the staithe at Hickling Heath. At the end of this path there are many dramatic views across Hickling Broad. This is the largest broad in Norfolk and at 5.9km, the largest expanse of open water in East Anglia, yet only manages a depth of 1.5m.

There are many little diversions to the water's edge at Hickling Staithe. By walking past the Pleasureboat Inn along its right-hand side there is a superb view of most of the Broad which is well worth the five-minute detour off the route. The way back to the car park follows quiet country lanes past a large landmark of Hickling, the mill. This mill is in excellent condition for its age and occupies a commanding view of the village and its surroundings.

N.B. Flood defence work that was being done on the route of this has now been completed.

England - East England - Norfolk - Broads


Birds, Butterflies, Flowers, Great Views, Lake/Loch, Mostly Flat, Nature Trail, Pub, Public Transport, Toilets, Wildlife, Woodland
08/08/2020 - Liz Cutting

We completed this walk on a summer's evening and thoroughly enjoyed it. Hickling is a really pretty broadland village and this walk shows you the best of it. Lots of pretty houses and gardens, nice views over Hickling Broad and the beautiful mill at Hickling Heath is really stunning (and in my opinion more impressive than Sutton Mill at present). A great place to take in the sunset too. The walk passes the Pleasure Boat Inn which is worth stopping at, if only for the lovely view over Hickling Broad. Nice quiet country lanes and clear footpaths make this walk easy and very enjoyable. Highly recommended for a first time walk in the area.

08/06/2011 - John Cowperthwaite

May 2011, the path between waypoints 10 & 11 was open and there was evidence of completed flood defence work towards waypoint 11. The warning signs were still displayed at waypoint 5 but seem to be out of date.

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