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Acle and the River Bure — the Broads

5.31 mi
2.4 mph
75 ft
75 ft
Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

Tour Overview

Starting Point
0.67 mi

St Mary's Church

Hiking Highlight

2.34 mi

Upton Dyke

Hiking Highlight

4.69 mi

Acle Dyke

Hiking Highlight

5.31 mi

Weather Forecast

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April 4, 2019


  • komoot

    This leisurely hike affords a true flavor of the Broads: gentle streams, dykes and rivers criss-crossing the perfectly-flat patchwork landscape.

    You begin from the market town of Acle. The town’s unusual name derives from Saxon language and means ‘oaks lea’ or ‘clearing in an oak forest’. In Tudor times, hundreds of oaks were felled in this area for timber to construct Elizabeth I’s warships.

    These days, Acle is an interesting place to explore. The town holds a market every Thursday, which people have flocked to ever since it began in the 13th century.

    From the car park, follow the public footpath north until Saint Mary's Church. A place of worship since the 12th century, the beautiful church is in a serene setting and is steeped in history.

    Continue north along the public footpath for a short while until you reach Upton Green, where you take the footpath on the right and follow until Upton Dyke.

    The wildlife-rich marshes that the dyke flows through have been designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest due to the abundant wildlife. As such, it is a great place to spot rare birds and insects.

    At the end of Upton Dyke, you find yourself on the River Bure. The longest river in the Broads, it flows for 32 miles (51 kilometers) from Aylsham, through Coltishall and out to sea at Gorleston. You follow the beautiful banks of the Bure for two miles (three kilometers).

    Upon reaching Acle Dyke, follow the footpath beside the small stretch of water and continue into the village.

    • April 5, 2019

  • Taya

    What a beautiful landscape!

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    • April 7, 2019