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Felbrigg, Walks In Norfolk, England, UK

Felbrigg - Walks In Norfolk

Felbrigg walk was about 6 miles in distance. The terrain of this route was flat with a combination of field paths and tracks, plus sections of lane. There were 6 stiles to negotiate.

Felbrigg was once one of the largest estates in Norfolk, being held by Roger Bigod after the Norman Conquest. His descendants later adopted the name of the manor but sold out to the Wyndhams, a merchant family from Wymondham, in the 15th-century.

The present day house was constructed around 1620 by John Wyndham and was bequeathed to the National Trust after the family line died out in 1969. This splendid 17th-century house is mainly unchanged and there is a tour that shows something of the lives of its occupants, both upstairs and downstairs.

The estate also has gardens which are a delight, with a Victorian pleasure ground, an 18th-century orangery, herbaceous borders and a vegetable garden. Just to the north of the house there is the Great Wood is also worthy of exploration if you have time, although this walk takes you in a southern direction across the parkland, passing St Margaret’s Church and on to Metton.

In Metton, St Andrew’s Church is interesting for its tower, separated from the main body of the building by a processional archway. The route continues across lovely rolling countryside, returning via woodland at the edge of Felbrigg’s park past an 18th-century ornamental lake.

Starting from the car park at Felbrigg Hall, leg one headed south east across parkland before turning south on field paths and tracks to Metton. Leg two continued south on tracks and field paths and circled clockwise to head north west to a lane.

Led three zig-zagged north west on lanes and field paths to Common Plantation. To complete the walk the fourth and final leg zig-zagged north east on woodland, field and parkland paths back to Felbrigg Hall.

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Felbrigg Route

The Felbrigg walk route was circular in a clockwise direction with four legs.

Leg 1

On this first leg we started from Felbrigg Hall car park, heading in a south east direction across parkland before turning south along field paths and tracks to Metton.

  1. We exited Felbrigg Hall car park via the western corner through a gate into the park.
  2. We walked along a track which would its way towards St Margaret’s Church to the south east – If you wish, you can pop inside to inspect the fine brasses.
  3. We entered the churchyard and exited via two gates at its north-eastern corner on the left side of the church.
  4. Walking away from the church to the east, we crossed a field with a wire fence on our right.
  5. On reaching a gate ahead of us in the corner of the field we went through it on to a track.
  6. We turned right along the track to reach a crop field.
  7. We continued straight ahead across the crop field.
  8. At the far side, with the trees on our right, we followed the field edge to the left a short way and passed into woodland along a track.
  9. On emerging from the woodland we turned right along the edge of a field with the woodland on our right.
  10. After a short distance we met another track on the left, indicated by a finger post on the right next to the woodland.
  11. Here we cross a crop field diagonally left, passing a telephone pole on our way to a gap in the bushes on the other side.
  12. Here we crossed over two stiles in to a field.
  13. Maintaining the same general direction we crossed the field to cross 2 more stiles either side of a short boardwalk.
  14. Continuing straight ahead, we crossed a field, another stile and a small graveyard to eventually reach Cromer Road through a gap in a hedge in Metton.

Leg 2

Having walked about 1.5 miles to this point, the second leg continued south along tracks and field paths; then circled clockwise to head north west to a lane.

  1. Crossing the road, we continued straight ahead to follow a track to the left of St Andrew’s Church.
  2. We followed the track between fields and at end we swung left then right.
  3. Now with a hedge on our left and a field on the right we reached a field corner.
  4. Here we turned right and soon turned left down some steps into the adjacent field.
  5. Here we kept hedges on our right and began circling our way clockwise around Glen Farm.
  6. Near the corner of the field we passed through a gap in the bushes and trees on our right.
  7. Still keeping the hedge on our right we crossed a field.
  8. The path veered away slightly to the left away from the hedge before turning right back towards the hedge to cross a stile in the corner.
  9. Ascending a few steps we turned left along an enclosed path on to a track at Glen Farm.
  10. We turned right along the long winding track to meet a lane.

Leg 3

At around the 3 miles mark, the third leg zig-zagged north west along lanes and field paths to Common Plantation.

  1. We turned right along the lane for about 200 metres to reach a filed path on the left.
  2. We turned left and followed the field path with the hedge on our right.
  3. On reaching the corner of the field, we slipping through the hedge ahead of us into the filed ahead of us.
  4. Here we turned left a little way along the edge to the field to the corner and turned right in the corner.
  5. Now heading in the same general direction as the previous field with the hedge on the left, we eventually emerging on to another lane.
  6. Turning right along the lane, we reached at junction in front of an estate cottage.
  7. We turned left here along Cromer Road for about 500 metres to a path on the corner of Common Plantation on the right, just before another junction with Park Road.

Leg 4

Having walked about 4 miles to this point, the fourth and final leg zig-zagged north east along woodland, field and parkland paths back to Felbrigg Hall.

  1. Here we turned right on a path through woodland on the Weavers’ Way.
  2. On reaching the southern tip of Felbrigg Pond, we continued along the path, walking along the western bank with the pond on our right.
  3. After crossing a short footbridge and passing through a gate we veered right at a fork in the path to cross a meadow pass through a second gate.
  4. Walking ahead along a contained path with a small wetland to the left, we crossed a footbridge over a stream feeding lake.
  5. After ascending a few steps the path swung left and a short while later, we went right through a gate in to the parkland.
  6. Here we followed a path diagonally left which led towards Felbrigg Hall across the park between sparse trees.
  7. On reaching a gravel path we turned right along it.
  8. Ignoring any left forks, we continued on the path through a gate back to the car park.

When Done & With Whom

I did this hike with my partner Anne whilst on a Norfolk hiking holiday during November 2014. We drove from our holiday accommodation in Wells-Next-The Sea, Norfolk to the starting location of Felbrigg, Norfolk. We parked in Felbrigg Hall National Trust pay and display car park, at grid reference TG194393, which was also the start location of the walk.

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