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The Weavers’ Way (Acle to Cromer) with children

The Weavers’ Way is a 61-mile long distance footpath in Norfolk. UK. From Comer to Great Yarmouth. It uses  public footpaths, some minor roads and a disused railway line. Passing through varied scenery, from the mixed farmland and woodland of the north, traditional grazing marshes, the Norfolk Broads. The way passes through a number of lovely villages, fine flint churches, several large country houses, and wind-pumps.

I walked the Weavers Way with my wife and 2 children camping wild every night. And as usual walking it the wrong way round, Gt. Yarmouth to Cromer.

Thurne Dyke Drainage Mill

One of the many lovely windmills seen on the Weavers Way. Thurne Dyke Drainage Mill is open Sundays between late June and October. 11am till 4pm.

The paths are good but can get a little over grown in late summer, and could get muddy if it’s been raining. We were lucky to have easy walking on dry paths, even though this morning it was frozen. We couldn’t find anywhere to away from the path, so we reluctantly camped on it. This meant an early start, so we weren’t in any ones way.

Bird hide looking out over a small broad.

An old platform and railway line followed most of the way to North Walsham and Aylsham. Nice easy walking. We camped beside the old railway line, again waking up to frozen tents.

The stunning Blickling Hall, a stately home which is part of the Blickling estate. North of Aylsham and has been in the care of the National Trust since 1940. If you have the time, it’s well worth a look around. We stopped for a nice breakfast in the cafe.

Leaving Blickling on roads and paths through farmland north towards Cromer.

We had an interesting walk through a mixture of fields and very quiet roads to Cromer, passing old cottages and churches.

Felbrig Hall

A few miles before reaching Comer the route passes Felbrigg Hall. It is a 17th-century English country house, again owned by the National Trust. The 17th-century house is noted for its unaltered Jacobean architecture and fine Georgian interior. Outside the house are a walled garden, an orangery and orchards to look around.

Waiting at Cromer railway station for our train home, with a well deserved treat.

It’s late and the kids are still not tiered, or just burning off the sugar from the ice cream they had while waiting for the train.

The Weavers Way was a really nice easy walk, ideal for the kids. We found it interesting and varied. There were no other people walking it when we did it.

There were no campsites along the route, and you need to carry enough water, to get you between towns. The trains run fairly regularly to Norwich.

You can also read Tips for walking with children and Walking the South West Coast path with children.

My 11 wild camping rules.

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