Stage 3: North Walsham to Heigham Sound — Weavers’ Way
Dan Hobson planned a hike.
March 26, 2020
This stage takes you to Hickling Broad, a year-round haven for wildlife and the largest of all Norfolk’s broads.Despite level and downhill walking for the entire stage, 15.8 miles (25.4 km) is a considerable distance and a good level of fitness is required, especially as you need to hike onto accommodation.From North Walsham, you follow quiet lanes to Meeting House Hill, continue past the former railway station, walk underneath the iron bridge and then cross the now-disused North Walsham and Dilham Canal.The trail heads alongside Honing Common and through farmland into Stalham. It is then a short step to the village of Hickling. You teeter on the boundary of the Broads National Park for a short while before fully stepping in at the spellbinding sight of Hickling Broad, the largest expanse of reedbed in England and a great place for spotting wildlife at any time of year.Accommodation and places for food and drink are lightly scattered throughout this area and you will most likely need to walk another couple of miles to your finish. If this makes the hike too long, you could split the stage with an overnight in Stalham.
March 27, 2020