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Slow Ways linking Norwich and Acle, Horsham St Faith, Hoveton, Loddon, Mulbarton, Taverham, Wymondham

England / Norfolk / Norwich

Norwich’s seven Slow Ways are 79% checked

Drawn: 7/7
reviewed: 7/7
verified: 6/7
and surveyed: 2/7

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Slow Way Route To do
Horsham St Faith—Norwich
Hornor one

Review me Distance 11km/7mi Ascent 61m Descent 81m
Horsham St Faith—Norwich
Hornor two Survey me Distance 9km/6mi Ascent 85m Descent 69m
Mulbarton—Norwich
Mulnor one Enjoy me Distance 14km/9mi Ascent 100m Descent 144m
Norwich—Acle
Noracl one

Enjoy me Distance 22km/14mi Ascent 128m Descent 126m
Norwich—Loddon
Norlod one Verify me Distance 21km/13mi Ascent 174m Descent 181m
Norwich—Hoveton
Norwhov five Survey me Distance 17km/10mi Ascent 118m Descent 120m
Taverham—Norwich
Tavnor one Survey me Distance 13km/8mi Ascent 67m Descent 101m
Taverham—Norwich
Tavnor two

Survey me Distance 12km/8mi Ascent 47m Descent 78m
Wymondham—Norwich
Wymnor one

Review me Distance 16km/10mi Ascent 116m Descent 79m
Wymondham—Norwich
Wymnor two Survey me Distance 18km/11mi Ascent 142m Descent 105m

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Collective progress

73% of Norwich’s seven route options are drawn, reviewed, surveyed and/or verified

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51 people have contributed to Norwich’s Slow Ways

58 people have pledged to walk and review a route

2 people have surveyed a route in Norwich

153km out of 153km have been walked and reviewed

965km of reviews have been shared in Norwich

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Underfoot from beginning to Cosstessy is mildy moist underfoot and a bit puddly. We started at The Otter Pub which might have been the wrong starting point, other reviews on this site mention starting at Taverham Garden Centre....

Rick Hollings

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After you cross the bypass over the bridge you will walk alongside the loud bypass for a while - this stretch had some pretty major flooding issues that we had to divert up alongside the road to pass this....

Pandora

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The route takes you through a varied landscape of field-side footpaths as well as parts of the alongside high roads. Please be mindful of the former reviewer’s recommendations when hiking in wet weather....

Tiril Sofie Berg

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Approaching the Norwich Southern Bypass we encountered All Saints Church on Intwood Lane, which has a fascinating tower with its round body built in the 13thC but with a high-level faceted section added later in the 15thC....

Thom Brisco

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The route was easy to walk, with barely any hills. Only thing to note is crossing the NDR as it can be quite busy. Other than that was good....

Beth

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You do have to cross over a very busy road towards the end of the route, so just to be aware of this....

Ben Allen

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Plenty of places to stop for food / shopping before arriving at Norwich Train Station....

Carla Thurgood

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All in all, a nice walk to go on and I'm sure would be lovely in the summer....

Brett Cossey

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Often however there were parts that brought you alongside busy roads or at one point a need to cross a fairly busy road (the slower of us got left behind for a bit :))....

David Brett

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It took us around 4 hours from start to end (including a 40 minute break.) The route is fairly simple with lots of busy roads and the occasional muddy ones. Overall, the route was filled with scenic views and was an enjoyable one - we even spotted a deer! I would recommend carrying light snacks and wearing running shoes for the route....

Aarav Parmar

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Luke Peacock took this photo on Norwhov five

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I give this route a rating of 4 stars out of 5 due to it intersecting North Walsham Road (B1150) twice, making parts of the walk dangerous and some members of the group had to wait a considerable amount of time in order to walk safely. I would recommend this walk to anyone who is local to Norwich and wants to walk along a peaceful route....

Luke Peacock

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The long, loud walk along Sprowston road was particularly jarring after coming out of the pleasant Mousehold woodland area. I did notice a good amount of dog poo bins along the way, and would say the walk is definitely appropriate for those with dogs as there were no stiles to obstruct. The latter end of the walk takes you through some nice villages, with interesting houses to look at along the way....

Megan Brain

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This route took us about 4 hours to complete, albiet it with several stops for various activities. Alot of this route was along a busy road from Heartsease to Sprowston which doesnt have the most ideal of scenaries. However after this there was lots of nature to see, we spotted Kestrels, Robins, Squirrels and even a lovely cat in Mousehold....

Solomon Blazer

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Half of the walk is on pavements/road/walking through towns with the other half on public footpath and only a small portion in mud (given it did rain the previous day)....

Edwin

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It was an easy walk, easy to navigate. Not very nice pubs in Wroxham and google maps said the Kings Head was closed but found out later it was open....

ajnarracott

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However, Mousehold Heath and it's paths are not very accessible if you are infirm or have difficulties walking in general, very uneven and hilly in parts....

Russell Graham

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Did the walk at the end of November after lots of rain and was pleasantly surprised at the quality of the path, with not much mud or flooding, a bit of mulch from leaves on the path (as expected for the time of the year)....

Roy Hyde

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Regarding the walk it was easy to walk and follow as part was the Marriotts Way, an established walk....

Sarah Marshall

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For myself, I have never completed a slow ways route before and would highly recommend this one for beginners as most of the route whilst enjoying the greenbelt surroundings was certainly easy enough for a beginner to walk comfortably over this kind of distance....

Sandra McLachlan

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There was one section in town which had steps, just a couple but if you were in a chair or on a bike you may want to find an alternative route through town to get to the start of Marriot's Way....

Seb AO

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- In Sprowston on Church Lane there is an entrance which allows you to walk though Barkers Lane Open Space and Millenium Woodland alongside Church Lane which I think is nicer than walking on the pavement. - The walk along Rackheath Lane/Skinners Lane from Spixworth to Wroxham is very nice (photo added) but I couldn't find any benches or suitable points to sit down and it is a long stretch...

Ian Beeden

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The road leaving Horsham St Faith is a bit dangerous to walk down, with nowhere to move onto the verge in some places. Once you get to the path at Buxton Road the route becomes a lot easier. Paths are well maintained all the way into the city centre with various points to stop for refreshments on the way....

Tim

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Opposite the finishing point ( a car park in Loddon high street) is a great pub - The Swan - serving food and drink outside or in (and also with toilets)....

Guy Haines

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Guy Haines took this photo on Norlod one

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We walked on a Thu morning in Aug and the route felt very safe. Parts of the route do get used by cyclists but the path is wide and this did not cause problems? There are public toilets in Sloughbottom Park (roughly halfway along the route, only 2mins away from the route itself)....

Andy Mole

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This section makes up about 30 mins of a 3 hour walk, with the entire rest of the walk being on pavements, dedicated paths and city roads, so it's incorrect to state that 'much of the walk is with no path'....

Fred Jones

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The only point to be careful is shortly after the start you need to cross the very busy duel carriageway but there are plenty of opportunities to do so....

Joe

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Much of this walk was on national speed limit roads with no path....

Thomas Hongsubchat

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Crossing the slip roads at Thickthorn is enabled by pedestrian lights, and a new path behind the hedge by Kett's Oak has filled in a much needed gap on the route....

Katy Walters

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Christie Williamson surveyed Mulnor one

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Christie Williamson took this photo on Mulnor one

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We got to the field with the 'warning Bull' signs and saw no sign of any livestock but as we neared a narrow corner, about 30 cows/calves and the bull all came around. Overall it wasn't too bad, not much shade if you are doing this on a hot day and probably not very accessible to a wheelchair due to parts of the route being quite overgrown but some nice scenery to take in....

Christie Williamson

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Starting in the town centre, there are footpaths out of the town, with traffic lights to enable easy crossing of the main road on the edge of Wymondham. Soon after this, the walk then spent a long period of time on country roads, there was generally space if cars were coming, and the road was fairly quiet, so fairly easy to walk along. Shortly after that you come to a Waitrose supermarket and a pub, before following Newmarket Road into Norwich - where it meets the ring road there is a pedestrian crossing a short distance away to enable easy crossing of this busy road. - although a generally easy route to follow, there were overgrown footpaths at a number of points which wouldn't be easily accessible, and currently actual barriers across part of the footpath just outside Wymondham, suggesting that the path itself maybe shouldn't be used, and this was a slight challenge to navigate (and definitely not accessible for wheelchairs or pushchairs)...

Matt Tre

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Steven Gowing took this photo on Mulnor one

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hour or so you're on fairly open track with no concerns, until you edge closer to the A47 path that runs alongside it, this is then very overgrown in places with nettles ready to get the unaware. From here you're then forced along a stretch of 60mph road with no path, heading in to oncoming traffic....

Steven Gowing

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Mulbarton—Norwich

Christie Williamson pledged to walk Mulnor one

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Norwich—Hoveton

Christie Williamson pledged to walk Norwhov five

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The route beside the abandoned train track is scenic too but is quite long without any quick access to public toilets. Expect poor visibility during dark and use common sense to not travel this route during that time....

Samir Joglekar

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It's almost entirely along Mariott's way, which I entered near the skate park in Taverham on Pendalsham Rise....

Thomas Hongsubchat

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The route did go through the gated field, however as it also contained some eager cows and a bull who were keen to see us and blocked the way, we opted for a detour up to Swardeston cricket ground, and rejoined the route at the common. The latter part of the route wasn't especially scenic as followed the main road into Norwich. - One part of the route required walking allow a narrow country road with no footpath, which had cars frequently passing by...

Rachel L

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Taverham—Norwich

Ravi Kiran Gupta pledged to walk Tavnor two

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Some sections along country roads, however very quiet with good room for allowing cars to get past, and only one small section on a larger road near the southern bypass. Definitely would recommend - but check the weather before you go!!...

Jack Purllant

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Norwich

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Highly recommend walking boots when it has been rainy, although the walk was still safe, there were quite a few muddy areas. Also would recommend you checking in with the World's End pub towards the end of the walk as they were shut when we rocked up....

Ben Slater

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There was a little bit of city road walking at the start but to be expected if you start in city centre, and actually a massive benefit if you start the walk on a rainy day when hail hits you after 10 mins since you can then take cover with an unscheduled pub stop before you set out....

Danny

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Route was very good, walked past some nice sights in Norwich (e.g. the castle and cathedral) with pavements for a lot of the way. When there weren't pavements, the terrain was fine to walk on even though it was a little muddy on a path by the airport. There is one crossing over quite a busy road (the NDR) but we crossed without any issues....

Bethan Speed

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You have to share the path with runners, cyclists, horses too, but there's plenty of room for all to share and enjoy the route....

Rick Hollings

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Completed this enjoyable walk on a cold day in February in just under 4.5hrs, with only short breaks. Route was straightforward and easy to follow, with large portions along roads and paved paths and the remainder through woodland....

Chris W

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Megan Brain took this photo on Noracl one

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We completed the walk without stopping, as there was nowhere suitable to stop for the duration of the route (apart from 2 benches in the woods around 2 miles from the finish, by this point we decided it better to crack on and have a sit down at a pub in Acle). There was a noticeable lack of facilities along the duration of the route, nowhere to stop for a toilet break, for example pubs/cafes, which isn’t ideal for a 4-5 hour walk...

Megan Brain

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The route on Slow Ways is very accurate, with the Norwich half of the route mainly being along roads/pavement, going into fields/woodland for the Acle half of the route....

David Brett

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Not always the most accessible of routes for wheelchair users, however this is a lovely walk that will take about 5 hours with breaks (we walked it in 4 hours 20 without any sizeable breaks). Saw plenty of animals including cows and sheep, not many rivers/lakes to see though so will be the majority of dirt tracks. Would highly recommend this route though and can also enjoy a drink and snack in Acle on arrival....

Solomon Blazer

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A nice walk through the countryside, with a variety animals through the many wooded areas. Highlights include kestrels, grouse, squirrels and a white chicken bird. The weather wasn't perfect, and a few parts of the route were quite muddy as a result....

Cameron Clarke

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Luke Peacock took this photo on Noracl one

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I would recommend putting 4-5 hours aside for this walk, including breaks. I would recommend this walk to anyone who is local to Norwich and wants to walk along a peaceful route....

Luke Peacock

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Norwich—Acle

Adrian Wicks pledged to walk Noracl one

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Norwich—Acle

Solomon Blazer pledged to walk Noracl one

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You will be walking on the grass verge or on the road (and at times there may not even be a good grassy verge to stand/walk on). You will get to cut through the always adorable Elm Hill in Norwich, though again, I think it's a pity to go down Prince of Wales Road when you could cut through Cathedral Close at the end for a much better finish to your walk....

Fred Jones

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This is an easy to follow route between Horsham St Faith and Norwich....

Slow Ways Darren

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This was a lovely walk by the river and Marriott's way, the team completed a litter pick....

chaniece

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The road section to Swardeston is unavoidable but quiet, and the first footpath out of Swardeston goes through a field of cattle, but after this it's a pleasant series of footpaths (with some kissing gates, stiles and plank bridges) to Mulbarton Common where you can find Blakey's Bus Cafe plus a pub and, at the official end of the route, a small supermarket....

Katy Walters

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Katy Walters took this photo on Mulnor one

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A final caution should be given to the part of the route that crosses the B1150 out of Spixworth again quite a lot of traffic both ways here and no pedestrian crossing, something to consider again in terms of accessibility....

Jonty_Cakes

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These head from The Lizard down into the marshy nature reserve, then up onto a path along an old railway embankment, then down again into an overgrown field. The path through the Lizard nature reserve is a boardwalk across marshy ground. Newmarket Road into Norwich is a wide, shady path and cycle path beside the A11 past the biggest houses in Norwich....

Bostal Boy

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A large portion of the walk involves walking in a road (not busy but fairly regular cars), with blind corners and....

Harry

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The only actual problem I had was that there's no access through from Duke Street to St George's Street in the way the map suggests as it's been blocked off by university buildings now. Instead, I walked back on to Duke Street and walked along Colegate instead, to then turn right onto St George's Street....

Alicia Huggett

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Alicia Huggett took this photo on Tavnor two

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There are currently five suggested routes from Norwich to Hoveton, this one takes the safest option over the Broadland Northway road to the north of Norwich, using a bridge via Spixworth, instead of using a crossing near the roundabout on Wroxham Road. Once you've travelled along Sprowston Road and gone over Blenheim Road, there is a cut through to Church Lane, although this features a kissing gate which may block access for buggies/wheelchairs. The route crosses the North Walsham Road, which can be quite busy, so care needs to be taken here. Once into Wroxham, the route follows Church Street, which does not have pavements although again this road is fairly quiet. once you follow Church Lane, this goes over the railway, before joining the main Norwich Road. Turn left, and follow this through Wroxham, as you reach the boatyards there is a set of traffic lightsq to allow you to cross, as you need to use a footbridge to cross the river which is on the right hand side of the road....

Matt Tre

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Matt Tre surveyed Noracl one

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When coming from Acle, when you get to the top of the steps, you can follow the road (Mary Chapman Close) round to where it meets Dussindale Drive, and turn left, and this will bring you to the junction that goes into the supermarket, and from there you can rejoin the route into Norwich....

Matt Tre

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Horsham St Faith—Norwich

Matt Tre added Hornor two, a new walk from Horsham St Faith to Norwich

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This is just a test review - please ignore (although I have walked it and it is a good route)...

SarahTaigelSW

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I really liked this route, as a walker I followed the route as suggested however there is a more direct route with less elevation which follows the river from the station to the start of the Marriott's Way....

SarahTaigelSW

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Taverham—Norwich

SarahTaigelSW added Tavnor two, a new walk from Taverham to Norwich

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I cycled this route rather than on foot, most of the route is a cycle path so do be mindful of this when walking although as it is so wide it is lower risk. There are lots of opportunities to view the river and the path is flat except for one section at the end opposite the station which requires a few steps....

SarahTaigelSW

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Norwich—Hoveton

Katy Walters added Norwhov five, a new walk from Norwich to Hoveton

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As the path approaches Drayton, the cycle route signs indicate a left turn. As the path approaches Drayton, the cycle route signs indicate a right turn....

Martin McGovern

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There are nicer ways through Norwich from the station to the beginning of Marriot's way near the St Crispin's roundabout. One way goes through the cathedral grounds and then along the river all the way to the roundabout, where it joins Marriot's way. Another option would be to follow the river entirely from the train station (turn right by the Compleat Angler pub over the bridge, go down the stairs and follow the river)....

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Don't know how to edit a review, wanted to rate 4* for the rest of the route which is really nice....

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Norwich

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Mainly all road walking, fairly busy roads....

Dave

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Would be more direct to leave Wymondham via Browick Road. Mainly country lanes until Ketteringham, then some footpaths before outskirts of Norwich. A pleasant walk....

Dave

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Footpath with some sections of minor roads...

Fergiemint

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- Leaving Norwich on major road is unpleasant...

Callum Rollo

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Norwich

Susan Gibson surveyed Norwich

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Norwich

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Horsham St Faith—Norwich

Slow Ways added Hornor one, a new walk from Horsham St Faith to Norwich

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Mulbarton—Norwich

Slow Ways added Mulnor one, a new walk from Mulbarton to Norwich

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Norwich—Acle

Slow Ways added Noracl one, a new walk from Norwich to Acle

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Norwich—Loddon

Slow Ways added Norlod one, a new walk from Norwich to Loddon

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Taverham—Norwich

Slow Ways added Tavnor one, a new walk from Taverham to Norwich

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Wymondham—Norwich

Slow Ways added Wymnor one, a new walk from Wymondham to Norwich

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Wymondham—Norwich

Slow Ways added Wymnor two, a new walk from Wymondham to Norwich

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52.62709° / 1.30653°

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623,879E / 308,389N

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