The last instalment of the Norfolk Trails Team Favourite Walks for the Norfolk Walking and Cycling Festival is from Chris. Chris is the former Events and Project Management Trainee for The Marriott’s Way Heritage Trail project and is currently working on The Recycling the Railways project, so his favourite walk had to have a railway related theme. Chris has recommended The Costessey Circular which follows the disused M&GN railway line along Marriott’s Way and through the recently restored Hellesdon platform, a mini project which Chris managed and bought to life.
Costessey Circular Walk
Length: 5.5 miles
Key features: Recently restored disused railway platform, hilly farmland and two pubs.
The walk follows Marriott’s Way along the banks and floodplains of the River Wensum for much of its southern end. This part of the river is a Special Site of Scientific interest and a Special Area of Conservation and home to many interesting species, including otters, water voles, kingfishers and nightingales.
Once the walk has passed through Costessey and heads back towards Norwich, you get a beautiful view over farmland with the railway recognisable in the valley below and Norwich in the distance.
Even though you’re barely out of Norwich, you still feel so close to the countryside.
More information about this walk can be found on the Circular Routes section of the website.