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The Broads Walk
River Thurne & Hickling Broad from Potter Heigham

Nat Park - The Broads

County/Area - Norfolk

Author - Lou Johnson

Length - 6.4 miles / 10.4 km    Ascent - 100 feet / 30 metres

Time - 3 hours 20 minutes    Grade - easy/mod

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Walk Route Description

Photo from the walk - River Thurne & Hickling Broad from Potter Heigham
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This Norfolk walk explores the watery landscape lying to the west of Potter Heigham in the Broads. The route includes a section of the Weaver's Way from Heigham Bridge that initially follows the banks of the River Thurne past High's Drainage Mill. The walk then turns north along Candle Dyke to follow the shore of Hickling Broad. Turning inland the route continues to visit St Nicholas Church before returning to the start across wet pastures. In season the walk provides the opportunity to see a variety of birds.

The start is Lathams car park at Potter Heigham Bridge (grid ref. TG419185). After parking walk to towards the old Potter Heigham Bridge. Just before this bridge bear left along the north bank of the River Thurne following the Weaver's Way. Continue past High's Drainage Mill. Just over one kilometre after the mill, the path turns north alongside Candle Dyke. Continue along the Weaver's Way for 4 kilometres passing Sound Plantation and Wagonhill Plantation.

Reaching a bird hide opposite Rush Hill Lagoon (grid ref. TG423209) continue for a further 300 metres to a path junction with a fingerpost (grid ref. TG421206). Turn left here and pass through Coll's Plantation. Continue ahead at the next path junction to reach a T-junction of paths (grid ref. TG421201). Turn right following the green arrow to join a road where you turn left to reach St Nicholas Church.

After visiting the church retrace your steps back to the edge of Coll's Plantation (grid ref. TG421204) where your turn right along the southern boundary of the wood (trees on your left). The path passes beside the southern edge of Wagonhill Plantation to pass Glebe Farm (grid ref. TG428197). Continue ahead here. 400 metres beyond the farm you reach a T-junction of paths with High's Drainage Mill in view ahead. Turn right following the yellow arrow and walk beside Middle Wall drainage channel to reach the A419. Cross this road with care and take the footpath opposite. After a further 200 metres, turn left back to the car park.

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