Ludham Bridge - River Ant Marshes

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The wildlife along the River Ant north of Ludham Bridge has grown massively since the construction of new wetlands which this walk fully explores. The route starts by following the road away from Ludham Bridge towards Whitehouse Farm, where it turns off the main road and follows a narrow, quiet, country lane. Along the hedgerows here look out for redwings, fieldfares and blackbirds in winter. At the end of the road the route joins a public footpath and also gains about 30ft in height. The path passes an information board and overlooks the best view on the whole walk. The vista spreads as far as the parish of Horning and overlooks the whole reedbed and wetland that you will be walking through later.

The path then descends into the reedbed and follows a low path round to the River Ant. From here the route sticks to the riverside footpath which is a few metres higher than the reedbeds, allowing for open views of the wetland. Keep an eye out for hovering kestrels, marsh harriers soaring overhead, stalking bitterns, grey herons and common terns. Several pools are passed along the way which usually have several species of duck swimming about in them, including gadwall and mallard, also coot.

England - East England - Norfolk - Broads

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Birds, Butterflies, Cafe, Flowers, Food Shop, Gift Shop, Great Views, Lake/Loch, Mostly Flat, Pub, Public Transport, River, Toilets, Wildlife, Woodland
20/04/2021 - Liz Cutting

We have spent some time recently completing walks in the Ludham area and finished up with this one. What a beautiful hidden gem these marshes are! Wild ponies grazing, beautiful views and a great variety of birdlife. You can easily join this walk up with a circuit of How Hill or one of the other excellent walks in the area. Be careful when walking the short pavement free stretch of road after Ludham Bridge as traffic can be fast moving during busy times of day. It is possible to complete variations of this walk and avoid this section should you wish as there are plenty of footpaths and quiet lanes in the area.

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