The Nar Valley Way

September 2015.
Feeling in need of a bit of a break, we headed off to Norfolk (yet again) and the Nar Valley Way.
Just two days walking, covering 40 miles or so in total.
The first day starting in King's Lynn and following the River Nar to Castle Acre. The second day more varied, following the valley through farmland and pleasant wooded lanes to the official end point at Gressenhall Farm and Worhouse Museum. After a cuppa and slice of cake at the Museum, a quick couple of miles into Dereham to catch the bus back to Peterborough.
King's Lynn bus station P1020360 The official start - South Quay, King's Lynn
Fingerpost and waymarker Fingerpost and waymarker, King's Lynn The River Nar joins the tidal River Great Ouse
River Nar just before the tidal sluice The first mile-or-so.  Not very interesting - or pleasant. Under the A47
... and things start to look a bit better ... Typical open riverside stretch as we leave King's Lynn behind Still a typical embanked river - but plenty of shade here
A good year for hawthorn berries Overgrown path approaching the railway line, beyond West Winch Dark and dingy under the railway line ...
... then back to typical wide open fenland spaces Road bridge and Environment Agency gauging station, Setchey More open country - and embanked fen river
Lots of swans ... Approaching High Bridge ...
... and a spot of lunch. River Nar looking more natural now More swans
Some examples of river restoration and habitat creation ... ... between Blackborough and Pentney ... Remains of Pentney Abbey gatehouse in the background
More good work to creating a more natural river ... ... even creating a riffle ...
Oh my Word ... a veritable torrent !! Unusual style for this gate Altogether a different river as we approach Marham
Marham Intake Definitely a more natural river now Restoring the Narborough Bone Mill
... Now we're talking.  More like a proper SSSI now. Looking downstream from the road bridge at Narborough ...
... and the impressive trout Narborough Mill P1020427
Nice stretch of river through Bradmoor Plantation P1020430 P1020431
P1020432 P1020433 Track leading to ...
... West Acre ... ... and the gatehouse to a former Augustinian abbey ... .. and 13th century church.
Back to the River Nar P1020444 P1020445
Grazing marshes approaching Castle Acre Recently been cut for hay ? The final push to Castle Acre
The River Nar is now definitely a proper, natural, river P1020453 P1020454
13th century Bailey Gate, Castle Acre Church Gate B&B, our overnight stop in Castle Acre Last few remains of the castle
Leaving Castle Acre(and the River Nar) A pleasnt woodland stroll to ... Newton Mill
P1020466 Herding a creche of young pheasants East Lexham
Time for a quick rest and water stop. P1020475 Litcham Common ...
... home to lots of ponies ... .. and a very lovely place to wander P1020480
Outdoor pigs at Grenstein Farm P1020484 P1020485
P1020486 An inquisitive on-looker Almost there.   Time for a quick water-and-winegum stop before the last few hundred yards to ....
... the end of the Nar Valley Way.  Now we just have to get to Dereham to catch the bus back home. Headwaters of the River Wensum Pleasant wooded track on the Wensum Way
Then literally acres of blackcurrant bushes