The Marriott’s Way Heritage Trail Project (2017-2020) was a project to better research, conserve, interpret, and educate people about the railway heritage of the route, and the plants and wildlife that thrived there once the trains had stopped running.
Over the course of the £650,000 three year project there were a host of activities, events and work taking place. These documented and preserved the industrial heritage of the former railway line and encouraged more people to use the much loved, traffic free, 26 mile route which already attracts over 100,000 cyclists, walkers and horse riders every year.
The majority(£455,000) of the funding for the £667,906 project came from the Heritage Lottery Fund (now the National Lottery Heritage Fund) , with £167,399 coming from developers through planning obligations and the rest made up from Norfolk County Council, fundraising, donations and volunteer time.
The Marriott’s Way Heritage Trail project was overseen by Norfolk County Council’s Environment Team, working with stakeholders including:
Local schools and uniformed groups also worked with the project to provide learning opportunities for young people.