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...RELAX WITH FAMILY AND FRIENDS.........CYCLE THE PEACEFUL LANES OF WEST NORFOLK...



FIFTEEN MILESRIDE TWOCockley Cley - Gooderstone - Beachamwell
STARTING POINT: SWAFFHAM - THEATRE STREET - FREE CAR PARK.

Turn RIGHT out of the car park to the end of the road and RIGHT again into Haspalls Road. Continue to the end where it joins Cley Road at the junction by the iron gates of the recreation ground.

Take the Beachamwell road, obliquely ACROSS, and with the new houses on your right, follow this lane between hedges to the top of a slight rise where the aspect becomes more open and shortly enters a forestry area, before ascending slightly to the little cluster of houses at Drymere.

There is then a nice downhill slope for about a mile to where you pass a lane on your left. Ignore this and continue straight on between trees and broad grassy verges to the next junction. Here the main road veers to the right. Take the road diagonally ACROSS, which leads you into the village of BEACHAMWELL

As you approach the village green the road turns sharp right, so that the green is on your left, the pub one end and the church the other. Continue past the little thatched church and the Post Office to the end of the village where you come to a junction.

Turn LEFT and follow the winding lane, ignoring the turning on the right and keeping to the main route. You will cross a tiny stream, go past some farm buildings on the right, then round a sharp right hand bend and on to a straight piece of road, where you arrive eventually at a crossroads.

Proceed straight ACROSS into the narrow wooded lane, round a bend, over the diminutive River Gadder, and into the village of GOODERSTONE

Continue through the village until you see the church of St. George's over the trees to the left of you. The lovely Gooderstone Water Gardens are straight on, through the village.  If you are not visiting the gardens, take the lane on the LEFT, just before the church. Totally enclosed by trees and very narrow, the lane has a little stream on one side which leads you up to a 'T' junction.

Turn RIGHT here and follow the lane through an attractive section with reed beds and water meadows to the right, heath and woodland on the left. This continues until a bend in the road where you pass the church of All Saints with the ruined tower and enter COCKLEY CLEY
If you wish to visit the Iceni Village and Museum, take the turning to the right, the entrance is at the bottom of a short hill, just past the stream. If not, continue round the bend, past the Twenty Church Wardens,(if you can, it's a free house), up the short slope and out on to typical Brecks heathland.

When you reach the golf course the lane becomes hedge enclosed, winding its way past a farm, where great care should be taken due to a couple of bends in the narrow lane. After a left hand bend you proceed past a bungalow estate, then the recreation ground, where you come to a crossroads. Ignore the sign on the right for 'Town centre' and go straight across. Just before you reach the market place, at the 'No Entry' sign, turn RIGHT into Theatre Street and return to the car park.

MAP FOR RIDE TWO
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Afternoon sun on a Breckland lane.
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Beachamwell Church.


The information on this website was correct at the time of writing - however things change, so if you find any errors please let me know. You are free to download any of the route descriptions or pictures, but I would appreciate feedback, especially if you ride some of the routes.........WISHING YOU SAFE AND HAPPY CYCLING.
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