Norwich to Aylsham to Marriotts Way Off Road Trail

 

Norwich to Aylsham – ‘Marriott’s Way’

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A 26 milecycle route off road trail At 26 miles this is one of the longest traffic-free routes
in the country. Taking you from the centre of Norwich to Aylsham via Reepham. Mostly easy, but some wet and sandy sections between the former Whitwell and Reepham stations. Some parts of this section of the route can be difficult. Along the trail there is an abundance of wildlife including otter’s if you are lucky you may catch a glimpse of some otters. At Aylsham the former railway line continues as the Bure Valley Railway Path – see separate route ‘Bure Valley Path’. Marriott’s Way follows National Cycle Route No1 for the first 16 miles of the journey. Marriott’s Way is named after William Marriott, the chief engineer and manager of the Midland and Great Northern Railway system for 41 years

Starting in Norwich you will you will find the entrance to Marriott’s Way and National Cycle Route No1 by the roundabout at Barn Road and Barker Street on the inner ring road. The trail takes you through the parkland of Wensum Park along the banks of the River Wensum and at the end of the parkland you cross the river and then cycle past some open fields for about half a mile.

The trail then bends to the right and as you cycle along the trail it takes you across the tiny

Norwich Cathedral

River Tud at Costessey. The tree lined River Wensum can be seen to the east, as the path passes through the open country side of the Wensum Valley. The river is crossed by means of an ‘A’ frame bridge (only three in Norfolk) before arriving at Drayton, a village which was mentioned in the Domesday Book.

Continue along the tranquil path as it takes you through extensive mixed woodland of the Mileplain plantation to Attlebridge. After you pass Attlebridge the tree lined trail takes you past some water filled gravel pits as you approach Lenwade. Just past Lenwade Marriott’s Way leaves national Cycle Route No1 and takes you up towards Themelthorpe. The trail carries on to Themelthorpe and follows the ‘curve’ to the important stop of Reepham railway station where the preserved station and engineering shed can be found. The ‘curve’ was formerly the tightest radius curve on the British Rail network. Reepham is an small historic market town.

At Reepham continue along the trail in an easterly direction and the path passes close by to the village of Cawston on the B1145 road and then crosses the B1149 road. To the north, the way links to Blickling Hall via Weavers Way before reaching the end of the trail at Aylsham. Directly opposite is the Aylsham railway station and the walking and cycling route the Bure Valley Path

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