Potter Heigham – Weavers Way – Candle Dyke – Potter Heigham

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Starting off at the Medieval Bridge in Potter Heigham, the walk follows the Weavers Way route along the riverbank towards Candle Dyke and Heigham Sound. Along this route there are many points of interest, including High's Drainage Mill and Martham Level Drainage Mill as well as an abundance of wildlife including rare birds, butterflies and dragonflies.

The path then skirts the water's edge alongside Candle Dyke and then boarders the woodlands next to Heigham Sound. When walking alongside the woodlands you may notice small paths leading off, these head to the water's edge of Hickling Broad and are worth a couple of minutes detour. Hickling Broad is the largest of the broads but is also one of the shallowest at just 1.5m. Another rare feature in this walk is the chance to see some wild ponies grazing in the Sound Plantation next to Heigham Sound.

There is also a bird hut along this path which looks out over Rush Hill. This is a frequently visited area by bird watchers thanks to the large amount of birds that nest in the area.

After exiting the woods, the path changes its character, going from closed woodlands to open fields and farmlands. The chosen route crosses over the nearby fields and passes the 14th Century Church. According to history, the church was built and changed over the centuries, with a 12th Century church tower and 14th Century main building.

The route back to the river has several interesting features along the way, including some of the oldest houses in the village. The large house opposite Dove House Lane and Dove House Farm are two examples of a historical method of constructing houses, using large stones and flint. The last well known building on the way back to the bridge is The Cringles. This large black and white building was once a local pub many years ago, and has been converted to a large house. With it there were some beautifully landscaped gardens with a large pond, but unfortunately all has been removed.

England - East England - Norfolk - Broads

Features

Birds, Butterflies, Cafe, Church, Flowers, Food Shop, Gift Shop, Great Views, Lake/Loch, Mostly Flat, Nature Trail, Pub, Public Transport, River, Toilets, Wildlife, Woodland
24/08/2019 - Bryony Pearson

This was a lovely walk with beautiful views and the bird hide is a bonus. The footpath is a little overgrown in places but passable, and posed no problems for either us or our two small dogs. A nice cup of tea at the dog friendly Bridge Stones cafe finished off a lovely walk perfectly.

24/06/2012 - Walkingworld Admin

Roy Davenport reports that he has revisited this walk and all is OK. June 2012. Adrian (Admin)

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