Wells next the sea to The Nelson Loop

Wells- next- the-sea ‘The Nelson Loop’

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A 21 mile cycle route¬†which takes on a tour of the beautiful Norfolk countryside where Lord Nelson grew up. The route takes you through pretty villages and on route you will visit places where Nelson learnt how to sail, grew up and you will pass through the Holkham Hall Estate, one of Britain’s examples of a Palladian Mansion. The route is mainly along country lanes and ‘B’. There are pubs in the villages and some local shops. The cycle ride starts and finishes in Wells next the sea which has a picturesque harbour and waterfront and is still operating as a working port mainly for whelk and shrimp boats. The little shopping area in the town still has Victorian and Edwardian shop fronts in the narrow streets.

Starting from the car park on the quay side cycle along Holkham Road B1105 in an easterly direction (with the water on your left as you cycle along the road ). Continue along the B1105 as it bends sharply to the right and takes you away from the sea front. Continue to the end of the road where you come to a @T’ junction (B).

At the junction TURN RIGHT and after 300 yards TURN LEFT along the B1105 (C). Cycle along the B1105 for 1 mile and then TURN RIGHT in to the estate of Holkham Hall, Golden Gates Drive. (D) towards Holkham Hall. Cycle along Golden Gates Drive which takes you through the woods and after one and a half miles you pass Holkham Hall on your left. Holkham Hall is one of the finest examples of an 18th century Palladian style mansion set in a 3000 acre deer park , the grounds are open all year with free admission. Hall open during summer months free admission.

Continue past the hall and as the road takes you left past the lake then TURN RIGHT at the end of the lake and continue until you reach the exit from the estate (E). At the exit TURN LEFT and cycle for three quarters of a mile where you TURN RIGHT at the small crossroads (F).

Cycle half a mile along the lane until you come to a junction with Station Road A149 (G)where you TURN LEFT then cycle half a mile along the road where you TURN RIGHT (H) along Harbour Way at Burnham Overy Staithe. Follow the road down to the small harbour. It is said that it was here at Burnham Overy Staithe amongst the creeks that Nelson learnt how to row and sail a dinghy at the age of ten two years before joining the navy at an early age.

Continue along Harbour Road as it takes you in a small loop and back to a junction with the A149. At the junction you TURN LEFT THEN IMMEDIATE RIGHT along New Road and cycle along the road and through the village of Burnham Overy. A short distance after the village you come to a junction with Mill Road B1155 (I). At the junction TURN RIGHT towards Burnham Market. Continue along the road for half a mile to Burnham Market where you bear left as you enter the village THEN TURN LEFT along Creake Roads B1345 (J). Burnham Market is the largest of the three Burnham villages in the area with antique and craft shops. Nelson’s father was the rector of the local parish church here in 1755.

Continue along Creake Road for 200 yards THEN TURN LEFT along the country lane (K) towards Burnham Thorpe. After about half a mile you come to the village of Burnham Thorpe. Burnham Thorpe is famous for being the birthplace of Vice Admiral Horatio Nelson, one of Britain’s greatest iconic heroes. At the time of his birth, Nelson’s father, was rector of the church in Burnham Thorpe. The house in which Nelson was born was demolished soon after his father’s death, though the rectory that replaced it and the church at which his father preached can still be seen. The site of the former rectory is marked by a roadside plaque.
The village’s main pub was built in 1637 and was known as The Plough until 1798 when it was renamed The Lord Nelson in honour of the victory at the Battle of the Nile. Nelson held a dinner here for the men of the village prior to his departure to join HMS Agamemnon. The pub survives to this day.

As you approach the village TURN LEFT along Walsingham Road (L) and follow the road through the centre of the village and at the far end of the village TURN RIGHT along the country lane (M) and cycle just over a mile to the end of the lane where you TURN LEFT along Burnham Road B1355 (N).

Continue along the road for half a mile where you come to the small village of North Creake. As you approach the village TURN LEFT along Normans lane (O). North Creake has a duck pond and Creake Abbey ruins are situated about 1 mile north of the village with free admission.

Cycle the short distance to the end of Normans lane THEN TURN LEFT along Wells Road. Continue along Wells Road for 3 miles where you come to a cross road junction with the B1105. GO STRAIGHT ACROSS THE JUNCTION and continue to you come to the small village of Wighton.

When you enter Wighton TURN LEFT THEN IMMEDIATE RIGHT along Warham Road (P). Cycle for 2 miles to the end of Warham Road THEN TURN LEFT (Q) THEN FIRST RIGHT back down along Polka Road which takes you the short distance back down to the harbour at Wells Next The Sea. The start/finish of your cycle ride.

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