Boudicca Way Walking Guide
The Boudicca Way is a great place to go walking and exploring in the beautiful, unspoilt South Norfolk countryside. As a region, south Norfolk is something of an undiscovered gem and its beauty and significant history can easily be explored on the Boudicca Way.
The long distance footpath stretches for 36 miles between Diss and Norwich and roughly follows the route Queen Boudicca and her army travelled along on their march south against the Romans 2,000 years ago.
The footpath has recently been rejuvenated, including some re-routing to take in quintessentially picturesque Norfolk villages, such as Shotesham, Saxlingham Nethergate and Pulham Market. New signage has been introduced and an informative new website has been built - www.boudiccaway.co.uk (you can even create your own personal itinerary).
There's also a number of circular walks on route, such as the one that starts at Tyrrel's Wood - an ancient woodland Site of Special Scientific Interest that's off the beaten track and home to lots of wildlife. Although hidden away, the route can be directly accessed from Diss and Norwich train stations on the main London railway line. This makes it not only accessible, but attractive to visitors looking for green or sustainable walking/holiday options. The route and surrounding area has lots to offer visitors. If scenery and wildlife are top of your list, the area's scenic, untamed beauty, with miles of meadows, clean air, big Norfolk skies and abundant wildlife is inspirational.
If you're into history, there's plenty to keep you interested along the route. The Way is named after the legendary warrior Queen of the Iceni, whose tribes once inhabited the area and sites of interest include a Roman town at Caistor St Edmund, a hill fort, Roman villa, WWII American airforce museum and many historically important buildings, such as Saxon and Norman round tower churches.
Many of you may be pleased to hear there are plenty of pubs along the route too! Norfolk is famous for its local food and drink industry containing 100's of small producers. You'll find many excellent farmers markets and restaurants in the area who serve up delicious, locally produced food. And, if you need a place to stay, there's plenty of good quality accommodation in the area to suit all tastes and budgets and the towns and villages along the route offer shopping, local arts and crafts and places to visit.