The Weavers Way

July 2003.
The Weavers Way Path is 57 mile long, starting in Cromer and ending in Great Yarmouth
We were originally intending to walk The Dales Way this year, but couldn't book acommodation along the whole route. As in the previous year, Norfolk came to our rescue ...

Cromer

After being bowled over by our stay at Morden House when we completed the North Norfolk Coast Path, we couldn't resist an overnight stay before we started the Weavers Way.
Sunset over the pier was quite something.

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Day 1 - Cromer to Aylsham

15 miles heading almost due south from Cromer.
We pass through Felbrigg and Alby, and through the grounds of Blickling Hall.
Aylsham seems a bit like a race track for local teenagers, but the Indian restaurant was superb.

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Day 2 - Aylsham to Stalham

14 miles. We bridge the River Bure and soon find ourselves on a disused railway line which is now a nature reserve - butterflies galore in the sheltered environment.
We stop for lunch in North Walsham then continue to Stalham along a wooded path.

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Day 3 - Stalham to Acle

16 miles - and what a slog it seemed!
This morning we spent most of our time walking on tarmac. Not very nice for the feet, and as most of it was along the busy A149, not very nice at all - for anything!
Things improved in the afternoon with a wander through Hickling Broad nature reserve, then a (long!) wander along river banks with a stop for icecream at Potter Heigham.
Our overnight acommodation at The King's Head was brilliant - excellent room, food and beer.

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Day 4 - Acle to Great Yarmouth

12 miles to finish off the walk.
Everything started so pleasantly: a wander through a lovely riverside boardwalk in Acle, then over grassy flatlands of the broads.
Then immediately we hit open ground (and I mean open), the heavens open and a strong, cold wind hits us. This continues for the rest of the walk, and we are fully exposed to all the elements walking along the floodbanks of Breydon Water. We can see Great Yarmouth just across the water, but in reality it is miles away!
In the end, we are pleased to get to Yarmouth and just sit in the station waiting for our bus home.

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