Your chance to enjoy guided walks along the river bank

Gaywood River and Gaywood Valley is the venue for a free guided walk on Sunday, July 12, starting at Gayton
Gaywood River and Gaywood Valley is the venue for a free guided walk on Sunday, July 12, starting at Gayton
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Free guided walks along the banks of three picturesque local chalk rivers will be held over the next three Sundays.

The first is this Sunday, June 5, when you will have the chance to find out more about the River Babingley – and the secrets of its source – with a two-mile walk.

This will be led by chalk river experts hydrogeologist Dr Tim Grapes and Abbey Farm manager Edward Cross, starting off with an informative talk at Flitcham Community Centre at 10am. There will be a tractor/trailer drive to the source of the river, then a walk through the wetlands and back to the community centre for refreshments (there will be a small charge for refreshments for the benefit of the Flitcham Social Club).  

The terrain is likely to be quite wet, so you should wear appropriate footwear and wellies if you would like to enter the stream! Children are welcome, but dogs are not allowed on this occasion.

On the following Sunday, June 12, you can find out more about Gaywood River and Gaywood Valley with a circular 4.5 mile walk; meet at the Rampant Horse in Lynn Road, Gayton at 10am.

For this walk you will join Gaywood Valley Conservation Group and it will take between two and two-and-a-half hours. The walk will go close to the source of the Gaywood River and then proceed to a higher area where the entire Gaywood Valley can be viewed towards Lynn – and find a perfect butterfly walk!

The terrain may be muddy in places, so you should wear appropriate footwear for walking. Children 10 years and above welcome, but must be accompanied by a responsible adult at all tiƟmes; dogs on short leads welcome.

The third walk on Sunday, June 19, gives you the chance to discover the River Stiffkey, meeting at Morston National Trust car park at 10am (parking charges apply to non-National Trust members).

This will be a 5.5 mile Cockthorpe circular walk with the Norfolk Rivers Trust’s Dr Jonah Tosney; there are several stiles on route and the terrain may be muddy and uneven so appropriate walking footwear is essential. Children are welcome and dogs on short leads.

Booking is essential for all three walks as spaces are limited and you should call on 01328 850530 or email to aonb@norfolk.gov.uk to book your place.

All the walks are organised by the Norfolk Coast Partnership.