22 October 2018, Gressenhall Walk
By way of a change, our October walk started out of Dereham, at the
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.
From here, we followed the lanes past St Mary’s Church (where we had a short
halt), and into Gressenhall village.
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.
Walk promotion flyer
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