Smallburgh - Cats Common - Pennygate - Smallburgh

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This circular walk around Smallburgh starts off at the village hall and follows quiet lanes out into the countryside. The first section passes Smallburgh Fen and Smallburgh Hall before arriving just next to the parish church, where a tiny detour might be worthwhile. The next section follows more country lanes, crosses the A1151 and follows a public footpath to arrive at the tiny village of Pennygate. The return journey is almost entirely public footpaths except for a small section when crossing the A149. The historical significance of the last section is the site of a Roman camp just half a mile to the north-east. A Roman road from the west by Anchor Street leads to the location but as far as I am aware, no excavations or in-depth research has been done here. It is no longer marked on OS Maps, but was marked on the old editions dating from the 19th Century. I would assume that it dates from around the same time as the Roman fort in Caister-on-Sea. The village pub is passed on the way back, so a stop for some lunch or a drink might sound good to some people!

England - East England - Norfolk - Broads


Church, Mostly Flat, Play Area, Pub, Wildlife, Woodland
02/08/2020 - Liz Cutting

This was an enjoyable walk although we did have to make a couple of detours on the way (the path between waymarks 7 and 8 had been planted out with crops and was not passable at the time of our walk and there were cows with young calves present in the field between waymarks 13 and 14 which were best avoided). We know the area well and had an OS map to hand thanks to the walkingworld app so we were easily able to figure out alternative routes to rejoin the walk at the next waymarks. The best bit about this walk was undoubtedly the wildlife. We saw hares, kestrels and the spectacular sight and sound of lots of buzzards circling overhead which were with us for much of this walk. Amazing!

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