St Olaves and Fritton

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Waveney Forest is a wonderful starting location for a good walk and also holds an intriguing secret... Under what appears to be a simple and lovely pine forest lay World War 2 remains in the form is lots of hidden underground bunkers! These were to be used if the German Army had invaded, to protect small groups of British soldiers and plan counter-attacks. The first part of the walk follows forest tracks round towards the old railway line and then across past 'The Battery'. Archaeologists are unsure of what The Battery is; current theories are that it was a Bronze Ange barrow, a glacial deposit or a WW2 mortar base.

The route then follows the Angles Way (do keep a keen eye on the surrounding fields as when I first walked through here I was only a stone's throw from about 14 deer!)to the lovely Fritton Church and then into the main village of Fritton. On arrival at St Olaves there is a little detour to see the remains of St Olaves Priory. The main feature of the ruins is the 14th Century brick-vaulted undercroft which is wonderfully complete. Do take a few minutes to have a look at the ruins. Entry is free and is one of the highlights of the walk.

The last part of the walk follows a short section of the River Waveney past St Olaves Mill (which is a lovely example of a wooden drainage mill) and joins a forest track to head back to the car park.

England - East England - Norfolk - Broads


Ancient Monument, Birds, Butterflies, Church, Flowers, Mostly Flat, Pub, Public Transport, Restaurant, River, Wildlife, Woodland
05/04/2015 - Bob Halladay

The Car park is currently closed and has been for some time. Parking is available at various points along New Road (be aware that some spaces are reserved for tractors turning). A substantial number of trees have been felled at the beginning of the walk and the footpath to the Lodge (Point 2) has been re sited.

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