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Little Walsingham, Walks In Norfolk, England, UK

Little Walsingham - Walks In Norfolk

Little Walsingham walk was about 5.5 miles in distance. The terrain of this route comprised of flat country lanes, grassy tracks, an old railway line, and there were no stiles to negotiate.

On walk you can tour meadows, villages and lanes around Little Walsingham, a lovely historic town and centre for pilgrimage over hundreds of years. An ancient track, called the Greenway, leads you to a sleepy hamlet called Great Snoring.

Later, your return route visits the charming village of Houghton St Giles, and the “Slipper Chapel” which was named after the tradition of pilgrims removing their shoes for the last mile to Walsingham. This Pilgrim’s Way from the “Slipper Chapel” is along an old railway line but barefoot walkers should beware, as it is surfaced with grave! At the end of your walk you can stroll through Walsingham Abbey.

Starting from the car park at Old Mill in Little Walsingham, leg one headed south on country lanes to a cottage south of the River Stiffkey. Leg two turned south east on a track, a path and short lane sections to Great Snoring.

Leg three headed north west on lanes to Houghton St Giles and the “Slipper Chapel”. To complete the walk the fourth and final leg headed north east on lanes and an old railway back to Little Waslingham.

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Little Walsingham Route

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

Leg 1

On this first leg we started from Old Mill car park in Little Walsingham and headed southwards on country lanes to a cottage south of the River Stiffkey.

  1. We walked back out of Old Mill car park at the top end and turned left on to Coker’s Hill lane by a hedgerow.
  2. On reaching a crossroads we continued straight ahead between buildings along Back Lane.
  3. After about 400 metres, leaving flint cottages behind us and passing a crumbling 14th-century Franciscan friary on left, we reached a T-junction and turned left along Blind Dick’s Lane.
  4. At the next T-junction we turned right on Fakenham Road.
  5. After about 250 metres we ignored the turning to the right and went around the left hand bend, signed ‘East Barsham’.
  6. After crossing the River Stiffkey, a about another 250 metres, we reached a cottage on the left by a right hand bend.

Leg 2

Having walked about 0.5 miles to this point, the second leg turned south east along a track, a path and short lane sections to Great Snoring.

  1. Here we turned left off the road onto the “Greenway”, a track between trees.
  2. We continue straight ahead on this track for about 2 kilometres.
  3. At the end of the track we emerged on Barsham Road, Great Snoring.
  4. Here we went straight ahead onto a lane with a flint wall on our left.
  5. At the end of the wall, we turned left through a gate onto a footpath.
  6. After a short distance along this enclosed path at the edge of a field we entered the grounds of Saint Mary The Virgin Church.
  7. We walked along the church drive and through the gate onto The Street.
  8. Here we turned right, walking down The Street to the lovely village green.
  9. Next we retraced our path back up The Street to a gate on the left between the corner of the church wall and a house.
  10. We went left through the gate along a path between walls back through the church grounds and back along the enclosed path by the edge of a field.
  11. We went back through the bate onto the lane, turned right with the flint wall on our right back to the junction at the end of the “Greenway”.

Leg 3

At around the 2.5 miles mark, the third leg headed north west on lanes to Houghton St Giles and the “Slipper Chapel”.

  1. Here we turned left on Barsham Road, signed for ‘East Barsham and Houghton’.
  2. Where the lane forked, we followed the sign for ‘Houghton’ to the right.
  3. The lane was flat for about 1 kilometre towards the red-tiled roofs of Canister Hall Farm ahead.
  4. The road swung round dwellings before gently descending to a junction at Houghton St Giles.
  5. We turned left here on to Fakenham Road, passing a red telephone box on the left and soon, a church on the right.
  6. After about 100 metres, we turned right down Gray’s Lane at a grassy triangle signed ‘Ford’.
  7. After crossing the River Stiffkey again, we continued ahead to a crossroads with the “Slipper Chapel” on the left.

Leg 4

Having walked about 4.5 miles to this point, the fourth and final leg headed north east along lanes and an old railway back to Little Waslingham.

  1. Here we turned right along a lane which was the original Holy Mile to Walsingham.
  2. After about 300 metres a road joined from the right and we continued straight on for about 50 metres.
  3. We then turned left on to a track to go under a bridge.
  4. Immediately after the bridge we went right up steps on to an old railway line which is the new Pilgrim’s Way.
  5. Turning left on the old railway line we walked for about 1 kilometre to Walsingham.
  6. At the end of the railway line at a junction, we continued straight ahead on Sandy Lane to reach a church on the right.
  7. Here we turned right down Station Road and entered Friday Market by The Black Lion Hotel.
  8. Continuing ahead we reached a junction with High Street.
  9. Turning left along High Street we passed priory gatehouse on the right.
  10. At Common Place, we kept left and turned left up a driveway back to Old Mill car park.

If you want to visit Walsingham Abbey turn right at Common Place down Holt Road and the entrance is near the Bull Inn.

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 Little Walsingham, Norfolk. We parked in Old Mill pay and display car park off Coker’s Hill, at grid reference TG933369, which was also the start location of the walk.

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