Aylsham Near Norwich to Hoveton to The Bure Valley Trail

Aylsham to Hoveton – The Bure Valley Cycle Route

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An easy flat 9mile cycle route which takes you along the railway path from Aylsham
Station to Hoveton along the scenic Bure Valley following the route of one of The Great Eastern Railway lines. Along the way you pass some beautiful Norfolk villages . You can if you wish return by the train which stops at various stops along the route ( marked in red on the map). Cycle hire is available from Blickling Cycle Hire. (just north of Aylsham) and Broadland Cycle Hire in Hoveton
The cycle path runs alongside the Bure Valley Railway. The Bure Valley Railway is a small gauge heritage railway which runs from Aylsham to Hoveton/Wroxham It uses both steam and diesel locomotives. There are stops/ halts at Brampton, Buxton and Coltishall. There are 17 bridges along the route including a 105ft bridge over the River Bure as well as a Bypass Tunnel at Aylsham. Aylsham is a historic market town situated about 10 miles north of Norwich and the Market Place is lined with historic buildings.
Starting from the car park at Aylsham Station cycle out of the car park to the left of the station and cycle along the Bure valley Trail which runs alongside the miniature railway. The railway tracks will be on your right as you cycle along. Cycle along the cycle path leaving Aylsham and after 500 yards you pass through a small tunnel under the A140.

After about 1 mile along the trail you reach Brampton Station. Brampton is a small Norfolk village. Its church, St Peter, is one of 124 existing round tower churches in Norfolk. It’s Norman tower has an 15th century brick octagonal top. Although now one of the smallest communities in Norfolk it has a rich history. In particular it was the site of a Roman manufacturing centre from where goods were exported by boat along the river Bure. In excavations in the 1960s evidence of a bath house was found along with many kilns. The village sign reflects the Roman past and depicts a double-headed fish copied from a Roman brooch found some years ago that can now be seen in the Norwich museum. The village sign depicts the name Bramtuna to reflect its history.

Continue along the trail and the next station/halt you come to is at the village of Buxton which where the trail crosses over the path of The River Bure.

Carrying on along the trail for another couple of miles and you come to Coltishall Station which serves the villages of Coltishall and Horstead. The two villages are situated on The River Bure which in days gone by was a busy place for small ships and had its own ship yard and Coltishall was mentioned in the Domesday Book.

The last stretch of the route takes you from Coltishall for just under 2 miles to Hoveton Station/halt.
Hoveton is situated on the banks of The River Bure and across the small river you enter the village of Wroxham which is known as ‘the capital of the broads’ and holds a regatta every year on the local broad. The two villages seem to have merged over the years and you will find suitable places for refreshments in the village.

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