Marriott’s Way is perfect for cycling and walking. At 26 miles this is one of the longest off-road routes in the country.
Marriott’s Way is perfect for cycling and walking. At 26 miles this is one of the longest off-road routes in the country. This tranquil trail winds its way through glorious countryside and picturesque villages following the track-bed of the decommissioned railway line that linked Aylsham and Reepham with Norwich.
There is an abundance of wildlife – you might see kestrels, hares, orchids and if you’re very lucky, otters – ancient churches, local food pleasures and artwork to enjoy along the way.
Recycled railway line has been creatively used to produce Village Markers along the route.
Directions to start: Emerging from the railway station, turn left (south-west) following the river past new housing, cinemas and night clubs. At the first bridge turn right and cross the river on the Novisad Friendship Bridge and then turn right to join National Route 1 northwards up King Street. National Route 1 continues on-road through the City Centre, before crossing the ring
road near the Barn Road roundabout where the route joins the traffic-free Marriott’s Way.
Grid ref/s: Start Nat GR, End Nat GR, OS maps: Explorer OL40 and 252, Landranger 133 and 134.
Points of interest: Visitor attractions just off the route include the Dinosaur Park near Lenwade. On a more literary note, Parson James Woodforde, whose diary provides a fascinating insight into life in the 18th century, lived for many years at Weston Longville. The old Whitwell Station and the Bure Valley Railway with working vintage steam and diesel trains. Whitwell Common an SSSI and one of the few remaining fen habitats typical of Norfolk River