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Honing & East Ruston Circular

The Broads Walk

Nat Park - The Broads

County/Area - Norfolk

Author - Lou Johnson

Length - 6.4 miles / 10.4 km    Ascent - 150 feet / 45 metres

Time - 3 hours 20 minutes    Grade - easy/mod

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Walk Route Description

Photo from the walk - Honing & East Ruston Circular
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Starting from the former Honing railway station this Norfolk walk uses a section of the Weavers' Way, visits an isolated church, crosses farmland to East Ruston and then continues along the disused North Wailsham & Dilham Canal. A portion of the walk lies within the boundary of the Broads National Park.

The start is the free Weavers' Way car park adjacent to Honing railway station (grid ref. TG317276). After parking walk to the platform and turn right along the Weavers Way soon passing through gates on Station Road. After 600 metres turn left off the old railway onto Canal Farm Lane (track). Follow the track back to Station Road and turn right. Turn right at the next T-junction and continue to where the road forks. Keep left here, signed to Stalham. Just after a house on the left, turn left through a gap in a hedge (with adjacent waymark post). Follow the path to reach St Peter & St Paul Church (grid ref. TG326280).

Turn right into churchyard and pass to the right of the church to exit at a gate to a road. Cross the road to the footpath opposite which runs with hedge right to a cross track. Turn right and then left onto the continuing path with a hedge to your left. This path soon reaches East Ruston Road. Turn right and continue to the next junction. Turn left signed to Honing Common and then fork left at the next junction. After 70 metres, turn left onto a path with adjacent fingerpost. The path crosses a small bridge at the end of the first field and then maintains direction across two more fields to re-join East Ruston Road (grid ref. TG338279).

Turn right and at the next junction turn right into Honing Road. Continue along the road to a crossroads and turn right into Chapel Road (signed to Stalham). At the end of the houses on the left, the road bends left and shortly after turn right in front of a house to join the Weavers' Way. Turn left and after 300 metres turn right along a path. Cross small bridge to a stile. Cross the stile and turn left and continue with a hedge on your left to a gate. Once through the gate walk half-right along a grassy track to the canal. Bear left along the canal to Tonnage Bridge. Cross the bridge and turn right to join a clear path beside the remains of the disused canal.

Follow the towpath for just under three kilometres passing through sections of woodland along the way. Reaching Dillam Lock, turn right across a footbridge at the end of the old lock and follow the path through trees to regain the Weavers' Way. Turn left and return to the car park which is reached after an easy walk of a kilometre and a half.

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