Free guided walks by train

Monday, 11 August 2014

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 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 newly published Bittern and Wherry Lines Area Guide, 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 21 June 2015.

The next walk, on Sunday 17 August, is the annual walk around the historic areas of Norwich, a four mile walk led by Chris Wood, departing from Norwich station at 11am.

This is followed by a the ‘Stakebridge Stroller’, a six mile walk from Worstead station to Buxton on Sunday 21 September, following lanes and woodland paths and travelling back to Hoveton on the Bure Valley Railway (an additional fare will apply). Those wishing to take part are advised to catch the 10.36 train from Norwich and alight at Worstead.

The walks, via quiet country lanes, woodlands, broads, pretty villages and North Norfolk’s spectacular coast line, take place once a month until June 2015 and depart from stations such as Haddiscoe, Salhouse, 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.