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Charles and Joy Boldero with dog Tammy.

Charles and Joy Boldero flank dog Tammy

Norfolk walks: Reepham ramble

Charles and Joy Boldero are well-known across the county for compiling walks so are the perfect couple to lead us on a winding route around Reepham.

Distance: 3½ miles

Map: OS Landranger  133,  Explorer 238
098234, 091244, 094244, 099245, 105244, 104238,
106236, 106233, 105232, 102234, 101230, 099231, 098234

The walk

Go along Station Road, Reepham, turn by Methodist Church into Kerdiston Road. Soon after the road cancellation signs, turn right into free car park. Reepham is situated on the B1145, six miles south-west of Aylsham.

This was an enjoyable 3½-mile walk with good paths, and just one stile on the route.

From the car park we turned right along the tree-lined country lane, where we ignored all paths off and went under the railway bridge. We turned right along a narrower country lane in Kerdiston and at the right-hand bend we turned right with a lovely thatched house on the left.

As we walked along the tree-lined track, the leaves crunched beneath our feet and we spotted a large fungus but we were not sure if it was edible - was it a fleecy milk cap, lactarius vellerus?

Near the end we ignored the path right and on reaching the field we walked around the left-hand side of it with trees on the left. We ignored the sign and path into the wood and kept along the wide field edge.

Reaching the end of the hedge line, we wondered where to go as there was no marker sign or path through the crop. Then we spotted the footprints going diagonally across the field to the hedge with a house beyond.

We followed the footprints and on reaching the hedge we saw the stile and finger-post sign. We climbed the stile and continued along the field edge, going through the small gate and across the farmyard to the pond.

Keeping the pond on our left, we continued along the path then went right down the tree-lined driveway to the road. We turned right along the country lane, ignoring the path opposite.

At the marker sign we turned left then immediately right along the field edge with the hedge and road on our right. At the marker sign we went right then immediately left at yellow marker sign along the tree-lined track. At the end of it we crossed the road and went along the narrow lane, Orchard Lane, opposite.

We ignored the path on the left, then just after the cancellation sign and a dog foul notice on the fence, we turned right up the footpath.

Map of Reepham walk.

We went round the barrier, and turned right along the pavement, then at the T-junction we went left. At the next T-junction we turned right, ignoring all paths and turns off.

At the next T-junction we turned left with the Crown Inn on the corner. Keeping the Crown Inn on our left, we walked along the road until we came to the footpath sign on the right where we went right, crossed the road and continued along Kerdiston Road back to the car park.

By the way

1. It was so nice to amble along the attractive country lanes in Kerdiston, or 'Kerdestuna' as it was once known. The hedges and trees were just changing into their autumn colourings.

The name is derived from 'Cendreds enclosure', Old English for 'Cenred' and 'tun' - enclosure, settlement or farmland. It seems not a lot has changed over the centuries as the folk there still farm, and it is still an unspoilt, delightful village.

2. Salle Moor Hall is farmed organically, with cattle, Jacob sheep and vegetables. There were lovely old barns in the farmyard and the driveway was lined not only with Jacob sheep but also by a fine covering of trees.

A lot of wildlife can be spotted around the farm, with several species of birds such as owls and animals including deer, hares and insects.

3. The TV series The Black Tower starring Roy Marsden was partly filmed in Reepham - an elegant Georgian town with a market day on Wednesdays.

The town once had three churches - one was destroyed by fire in 1543, while the building that remains open for services is called St Mary's, and the church beside it is used as a hall.

4. We used The Crown, but it is not open on Monday lunchtimes.

last updated: 22/05/2008 at 16:26
created: 31/12/2007

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