REVIEW: 31 May, 2021
Tud Valley Walk

Briefing at start A 6 mile walk along the Tud Valley which marks the boundary between Dereham and Yaxham. Taking about 2½ hours, including a short mid-way break for rest and/or self provided refreshments.

It turned out to be an excellent walking day.

After a briefing, including about COVID restrictions, at our meeting point we set out a short way to the start of the walk proper.

We made our way along the unmade road to Dumpling Green, past Borrow Hall and into spectacular open countryside:
green horizon
Puddles in track
April was a very dry month, a question posed by some was to ask what happened to the traditional April showers? We discovered the answer to that in May, where we had 'double helpings' of rain.

Our weather was perfect, with blue sky, sun shining and a gentle cooling breeze but we still occasionally had to dodge a few puddles from the preceding week.

We made our way past Badley Moor, but didn't visit on this occasion. After a quarter of a mile or so we turned south on Dereham Footpath 4 towards the Parish boundary. The River Tud marks the boundary. As we cross the pedestrian wooden, slightly wobbly, footbridge the path becomes Yaxham Footpath 1, heading towards the memorably named Cutthroat Lane.

track through fields
Yaxham Church Our route brought us through the centre of Yaxham and pasted the attractive Anglican Church, with it's famous round tower. Then through the village and over the railway level-crossing. We followed the road out of the villages before joining Whinburgh footpath 1, which lead across a field and directly adjacent to a huge national grid pylon towering above us.

We were now heading back to the metropolis of Dereham with the water-tower clearly visible on the horizon.

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

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