22 October 2018, Gressenhall Walk

Grassy Route By way of a change, our October walk started out of Dereham, at the Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse Museum.

A cool but sunny morning saw 20 of us - including 2 visitors from The Netherlands - gather on the car park at the Workhouse. We set out along Mill Lane, a route which starts as a Maintained Road, then becoming a Maintained Unsurfaced Road and Hoe Footpath 1, before crossing the parish boundary and becoming Dereham Footpath 19. This route also forms the start of the Wensum Way. As Mill Lane, it runs in the shape of a ‘Z’, sometimes a surfaced track, sometimes following a field edge, and sometimes an unmetalled track, ultimately reaching Gressenhall Road.
Blue sky
Skyline above orchard

From here, we followed the lanes past St Mary’s Church (where we had a short halt), and into Gressenhall village.
Autumn colours St Mary's Church

Blue sky We left the village through a well hidden route from a side road (even though legally a Restricted Byway, it would be impossible to get a horse and carriage to or along it). This quiet back route took us on to Bittering Street, and thence to the unsurfaced Common Drift which linked us back to Fakenham Road, a short 5 minutes away from our Workhouse coffee and/or lunch.
Quiet back road

Walk promotion flyer (pdf, opens in new tab).

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