Free guided walks for ramblers who take the train

Monday, 24 August 2015

Ramblers in Norfolk and Suffolk can take advantage of free guided walks when they take the train as the Bittern Line and Wherry Lines Community Rail Partnerships launch a series of guided walks from rail stations.

The Sunday walks, led by volunteers who are experts on the area, are free to anyone arriving by train and have been scheduled to fit in with train times from Norwich.

Detailed in the Bittern and Wherry Lines Area Guides and online, there is an interesting and picturesque guided walk from stations along the Norwich - Sheringham and Norwich – Great Yarmouth / Lowestoft lines taking place every month from now until 19 June 2016.

The next walk, on Sunday 20 September, is a 7-mile ramble along paths and lanes from Worstead to Wroxham via Tunstead led by Eileen Oliver. Those wishing to join the walk should buy a return rail ticket and catch the 10.36 train from Norwich, alighting at Worstead.

This is followed, on 18 October, by a 7.5-mile walk from Sheringham to West Beckham via Beeston and is led by Michael Bugden. Purchase a return rail ticket for the 10.36 train from Norwich and alight at Sheringham.

The walks, via quiet country lanes, woodlands, broads, pretty villages and North Norfolk’s spectacular coast line, take place once a month until June 2016 and depart from stations such as Reedham, Berney Arms, Lingwood, Worstead, Acle, Sheringham and Oulton Broad North and cover between four and eight miles each.

The Bittern Line and Wherry Lines Community Rail Partnerships have organised the walks to encourage greater patronage of the railway lines by local residents and visitors.

The Area Guide, which not only details each walk but also includes rail timetables, information for key towns and villages along the routes, ideas about things to see and do, an events guide and details of bus links, is now available at staffed stations along the Bittern Line and Wherry Lines routes, as well as at Tourist Information Centres, Libraries and to download from www.bitternline.com and www.wherrylines.org.uk.

The Bittern and Wherry Lines Community Rail Partnerships exist to promote the lines, work to make improvements in partnership with the train operator, Greater Anglia, and engender mutually beneficial links between the railway and the communities they serve.