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Walking in the Brecks

Walking in the Brecks is an instant holiday. There’s always something different to see, whatever the season. Take a local route or follow an ancient trackway such as the Peddars Way & Norfolk Coast Path National Trail.

Walking in the Brecks? Make sure to follow the Countryside Code

Top Tip – The Brecks Bus and Flexibus are available to help visitors get out and about in the countryside. For more information visit:

Suffolk Links Brecks

Norfolk County Council Flexibus

Long Distance Routes

Peddars Way & Norfolk Coast Path National Trail

A quarter of this distinctive route lies within the Brecks, starting at Knettishall Heath through to Holme-next-the-Sea. Peddars Way is suitable for people with special access needs and most of it is open to cyclists. 67 miles / 107 km.

The Icknield Way Path– Knettishall Heath to the Berkshire Ridgeway, via the Chilterns.105 miles/165km.

Angles Way– The ‘Broads to the Brecks’ path, linking Knettishall Heath with Great Yarmouth via the Little Ouse and Waveney valleys. 77 miles / 124 km.

Iceni Way– Knettishall Heath to Holme-next-the-Sea via Brandon and the Fens.

The Harling Drove– Covering between Roudham Heath and Bromehill at Weeting, connecting with Peddars Way. Much of the trail is off-road on sandy tracks. 10 miles/16.25 km

The Little Ouse Path– A gentle meandering walk through the Little Ouse valley, total route is off-road.
10 mile/16.25 km

The Weeting Village Trail– Easy circular route visiting some of the local features of interest. For the more adventurous there are footpath links to other parts of the parish and further afield. 3 miles/5 km

Local Routes

Aspal Close – Local nature reserve with wheelchair accessible path leading from car park. (www.westsuffolk.gov.uk) 01638 719000

Brandon Country Park – Tree and Heritage trails. Contact Brandon Country Park on 01842 810185

Brandon Riverside Walks – Footpaths near the Little Ouse. Contact West Suffolk District Council (www.westsuffolk.gov.uk) 01284 763233

https://getoutside.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/local/cockley-cley-breckland

Cockley Cley Lake – Lakeside nature trail. Contact http://www.icenivillage.com/ 01760 724588

The Great Eastern Pingo Trail – Thompson and Hockham area, incl. Peddars Way and Thompson Common Nature Reserve a gentle 8 miles (12.9km) of tracks and trails exploring the eastern edge of the Brecks. For more information click here. https://www.visitnorfolk.co.uk/inspire/pingo-trail.aspx

Knettishall Heath Country Park – Four waymarked trails through heathland, woodland and riverside.

https://www.suffolkwildlifetrust.org/knettishallheath

The Lark Valley Path – Bury St Edmunds to Mildenhall along the Lark Valley. https://www.discoversuffolk.org.uk/promoted-trails/lark-valley-path/

Thetford Forest High Lodge – Ten waymarked forest trails. Contact Forestry Commission www.forestry.gov.uk 01842 810271.

West Stow Country Park – ‘Impact of Man’ and nature trails. Contact West Stow Country Park & Anglo-Saxon Village or call 01284 728718

Earth Heritage Trail Leaflet and eBook

The Earth Heritage Trail is an App based resource for accessing some of The Brecks’ hidden geological gems. Through these web pages and the App the Earth Heritage Trail aims to introduce visitors, students and local residents to the area’s little-known wealth of Earth heritage features. There are 18 publicly accessible points of interest chosen for their geology, landforms and links with earliest human settlement; they may be visited in any order.

This trail is available in various formats, including hard copy (while stocks last). You can get your copy of the Earth Heritage Trail book at Brandon Country Park and various local museums and heritage outlets in and around the Brecks.

http://www.breakingnewground.org.uk/assets/Projects/C2-EHT/NewFolder/EHT-eBook.pdf
http://www.breakingnewground.org.uk/assets/Projects/C2-EHT/NewFolder/EHTLeaflet.pdf

 

Useful Information – Associations

The Ramblers Association – Head Office: 0207 3598500, Norfolk Area: 01953 861094, Suffolk Area: 01842 761239.

The Icknield Way Association – publishes a comprehensive Walkers’ Guide and accommodation list for the Icknield Way Path. www.icknieldwaypath.co.uk

The Long Distance Walkers Association– provides information, support and events for those interested in long distance walking www.ldwa.org.uk