Hiking Highlight (Segment)
Includes an off-grid segment
Navigation instructions may be limited.
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April 4, 2019
The Broads is one of England’s best wilderness areas. However, it may surprise you to learn that its origins lie in human activity.
The area this route explores was carved-out by people during the 13th and 14th centuries to harvest peat. The peat, used as a fuel, made the area very prosperous.
However, a series of devastating floods occurred when the rivers Wensum, Bure, Waveney and Yare overflowed; filling the huge holes that had been dug to harvest peat. The crofters abandoned their workings and left the area to revert back to nature. It went on to become a haven for birds, insects and plants, which thrive to this very day.
From the car park, head north along the country lane and take the first bridleway on the right. Follow this bridleway until you hit another lane, which takes you into Ludham.
A quaint riverside village with thatch cottages and a bustling centre, Ludham is a great place to spend some time. There is a village pub, shop and cafe, and plenty to see, including the church of Saint Catherine, which houses many ancient relics.
From Ludham, follow country lanes south through a patchwork of picturesque scenery until you reach the impressive ruins of Saint Benet's Abbey.
In 1019, King Canute granted the manors of Horning, Ludham and Neatishead to a group of monks to establish an Abbey. One thousand years later, Saint Benet’s Abbey is hailed for its beauty, serenity and history and is still a much-loved place to visit.
From Saint Benet’s Abbey, follow the River Bure west for 220 yards (200 meters) until you reach the River Ant, which you follow north for around four miles (six-and-a-half kilometers) back to the start. This final stretch along the river is utterly divine.
April 5, 2019
Looks nice 😀
July 9, 2019