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Charles and Joy Boldero with dog Tammy.

Charles and Joy Boldero flank dog Tammy

Norfolk walks: Treading around Taverham

Charles and Joy Boldero are well-known for compiling walks, and together with their Yellow Labrador Tammy, the couple have trod around Taverham where they came across a set of stocks with five leg holes in nearby Haveringland!

Distance: 6½ miles

Map: OS Landranger 133, Explorer 238
160165, 151168, 147177, 148188, 156188, 156189,
166192, 167188, 170182, 165178, 165175, 169173,
167162, 166156, 160165.

The walk

We parked in the Marriott's Way car park on the Freeland Corner crossroads at Fir Covet Road, Taverham, which is situated on the minor road from Reepham to Norwich, six miles north-west of Norwich.

This was a very enjoyable 6½-mile walk and there were no stiles and the paths were in good order. We walked Marriott's Way signed Reepham.

Map of Taverham walk.

This Sunday morning there were many 'happy' joggers who all shouted hello as they passed us. We kept along this tree-lined track, crossing a 'road', until we came to a gate on the right.

Here we turned right and going through it we crossed the road and continued along the country lane opposite signed Felthorpe.

We went over the crossroads and ignoring all footpaths off to the right and left, we reached the bungalow and the Home Watch sign. Here in the corner at the footpath sign we went round the barrier and along the footpath.

At the T-junction we went left, after a few yards taking the right fork and after 25 paces our path went right going downhill in the wood. It led us to the board walk and we turned right over the bridge and continued along the footpath.

We went round the gate ignoring a footpath on the left, and went right along the tree-lined track. We turned left along the country lane then right along Abbey Lane.

At the T-junction we kept ahead, ignoring a footpath on the left with the stocks and a village sign on right.

We turned right along Blacksmiths Lane, it became a narrow path where we turned left through a kissing gate and kept along the path, which ambled right and left to a board walk which we used.

The path eventually reached a kissing gate which we went through. We turned right towards the dwelling, then left along the lane.

At the T-junction we went right along the pavement with the Mariners Inn on the left.

Reaching the garage, we went across the left-hand side of it where the footpath sign indicated. It became a narrow path which at the end turned right along a field edge.

We followed this path right around the field and at the finger-post sign we turned left along the quiet country lane, but you can use the field edge path instead.

We did not use the path on the right to cut off a corner as it was deeply ploughed, but if reinstated when you do this walk you can use it until reaching the country lane, Brands Lane, and turn right along it.

We kept along the road to the T-junction and turned right along Brands Lane. At the crossroads we went over them and along Furze Lane. Reaching the bridge, we turned left down steps onto Marriott's Way and turned right along it back to the start of the walk.

Points of interest

1. The stocks here in Haveringland have five leg holes, which is very odd, can anyone throw any light as to why? Next to it stood the fine village sign, but none of my books relate to it.

The locals miss out the G when pronouncing the village name. During WW2 the hall and surrounding parkland were taken over by the Air Ministry, which was previously owned by the Fellowes family.

2. Felthorpe Hall is a Georgian house with two storey bows, built in white brick by John Geldart, who acquired the property around 1825.

The property was then owned by the Fellowes family for most of the 19th century. From 1935 to '58 it belonged to Sir Basil Mayhew.

3. Felthorpe's Mariners Inn does not serve food, but you are sure of a warm welcome from the landlord.

4. St Margaret's Church in Felthorpe was extensively restored on two occasions - by Mrs Fellowes in 1846 and in 1878 by Major Bourchier.

The east window is signed by Hughes of London, and is in memory of Colonel Claud Bourchier who was awarded the Victoria Cross in the Crimean War. In 1936 the church was restored further by Mrs Lawrence.

Mount Joy Abbey - which closed before the dissolution of the monasteries - was located nearby and seems to have had a great influence on the church.

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