Free ‘Rail ale’ walk this weekend for English Tourism Week

Tuesday, 20 March 2018

Ramblers in Norfolk can enjoy a free guided ‘rail ale’ walk this weekend as the Humpty Dumpty Brewery and Wherry Lines Community Rail Partnership team up to celebrate English Tourism Week.

The walk, timed to fit in with Greater Anglia train times, takes place on Saturday 24th March between picturesque Cantley and Reedham and their real ale pubs.

The walk will begin at the Reedcutter Inn - a 3-minute walk from Cantley rail station - at around 12:45pm and is roughly 3 miles long, ending at Reedham Ferry Inn by the River Yare – a 15-minute walk to Reedham station.

Participants will learn more about the history of Cantley and Reedham and how the River Yare and Norwich – Great Yarmouth line, the first in railway Norfolk, contributed to the flourishing industry and tourism of the area.

To join the free event, catch the 11:36 service to Cantley from Norwich, arriving at 11:52, the 11.48 from Lowestoft, arriving at 12:16, or the 11.17 from Great Yarmouth - changing at Brundall - arriving at 11:52.

At the end of the walk, there are several hourly services that depart from Reedham station.

Lesley George, Partner and Business Manager at Humpty Dumpty Brewery, said: "We live in a beautiful part of the county which is well-served by trains, walks and pubs. We thought this was a good opportunity to make the most of our lovely countryside and views, from the trains and footpaths, as well as enjoy the hospitality from two of our local pubs, including local ales!"

Maggie Tan, Community Rail Norfolk’s Development Officer, said: “This walk is a fantastic community rail event that celebrates the area’s rich heritage, local food and drink, and healthy exercise all at once. There are many great walks out in the Norfolk countryside maintained by local authorities that are accessible by train. Hopefully, this guided walk will introduce many people to a great day out along the Wherry Lines.”

Cllr Roger Foulger, Chairman of the Wherry Lines Community Rail Partnership, said: “This is a wonderful opportunity to travel by train to picturesque villages in rural Norfolk, enjoy a healthy walk and round off with a refreshing drink”.

Paul Haynes, Greater Anglia’s Community Partnership Manager, said: “This is a great opportunity for people to stay healthy, get some fresh air and discover the area whilst leaving the car at home. We are very grateful to the Wherry Lines Community Rail Partnership and Humpty Dumpty Brewery for organising this fantastic event."

Please call Humpty Dumpty Brewery at 01493 701818 to book a place.

Rail tickets can be purchased online at www.greateranglia.co.uk. Up to two dogs can travel (per passenger) free-of-charge on the train provided they do not occupy a seat.

This is a family-friendly activity and dogs are welcome on a lead.