REVIEW: 31 May, 2021
Tud Valley Walk
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
and into spectacular open countryside:
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.
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
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