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Norfolk Walk
The Brecks from near Thompson

County/Area - Norfolk

Author - Lou Johnson

Length - 6.8 miles / 11.1 km    Ascent - 200 feet / 61 metres

Time - 3 hours 40 minutes    Grade - easy

Start - OS grid reference TL940965
Lat 52.531807 // Long 0.858712
Postcode NR17 1DP (approx. location only)
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Walk Route Description

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This walk starts in the parking alongside the old railway close to the A1075 between Watton and Thetford (grid ref. TL940965). After parking walk to the north (i.e. back towards the main road) and take the concessionary path on your left into woodland. The path is waymarked and takes a somewhat indirect route to reach a lane (grid ref. TL933966).

Turn left along the lane. Initially with a tarmac surface the lane soon becomes a restricted by-way with hedges either side. Where this ends (grid ref. TL928955) continue on another concessionary footpath The path goes half left to the far corner of the first field and enters woodland (Thompsons Carr). Reaching a track (grid ref. TL919951) turn right (north) following the waymarks. After 100 metres turn left off the track and follow the path through moor woodland to skirt the northern shore of Thompson Water and soon after to reach a clear track (grid ref. TL912950).

Turn left (south) along the Peddars Way & North Norfolk Coast Path heading south. This track runs dead straight and was a former Roman Road. Stay on this road for nearly a mile and a quarter. The track becomes more substantial as you proceed south and where it turns right (grid ref. TL920932), take the path off to the left. This follows the northern boundary of Cranberry Wood for 600 metres before turning right onto a track heading south. This track leads to the old railway line (grid ref. TL927931). Turn left along the old railway and you will reach the car park used at the start of the walk after just over two miles of easy but pleasant walking.

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