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



TWENTY SIX MILES RIDE FOURCockley Cley - Foulden - Oxborough -Boughton - Barton-Bendish - Beachamwell - Swaffham
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 crossroads by the iron gates of the recreation ground.

Turn LEFT here, the recreation ground on your left, past a bungalow estate, round a bend and into a narrow hedge lined lane. Once past the farm and the golf club the view opens out to reveal typical Brecks heathland with patches of mixed woodland. Three miles of pleasant fairly straight road brings you to a row of houses at the fringe of the little hamlet of COCKLEY CLEY.

There is a little wooden bus shelter on the right, and as you approach it, you will see a turning on the LEFT . Take this lane , down a steep incline to a bridge over the infant River Gadder (the source is less than a mile from here) and passing the entrance to the Iceni village. From here the lane climbs again out of the valley. A little way up the hill on the left you will see the Elizabethan cottage which houses a museum. The ground levels out and soon you arrive at a junction.

Follow the main track round to the right (signposted Gooderstone) and continue until the next bend. Ignore the turning on the right for Gooderstone and bear LEFT (signposted Foulden). This lane undulates its way through a series of differing landscapes until it empties out on to an open agricultural plain where you soon come to a crossroads. Ignore this and continue straight on until the next crossroads, where you see electricity wires on wooden poles cross the road.

Turn RIGHT at these unsigned crossroads into a narrow lane. After about 100 meters the lane bends and you take an even smaller lane on the RIGHT, which winds its way to another crossroads at the edge of the village of FOULDEN

At the crossroads, go straight ACROSS and continue until the lane loops round to the right, ignoring the road to the left and passing the church of All Saints. At the next junction keep to the main road which veers round to the left and passes through a few modern dwellings and up to a ‘T’ junction (White Hart Lane) at the end of the village.

Turn LEFT here into open countryside, until you come to a sharp left hand bend, where you are plunged into the unspoilt Foulden Common, a wonderful place in spring and summer for birds, butterflies and wild flowers.

Soon after you leave the trees of the common, you come to a junction where you turn LEFT and follow this lane, ignoring any turnings, until you cross the very distinctive little stone bridge which hops over the River Gadder. This modest little stream feeds the moat at the beautiful Oxborough Hall which can be seen through the trees on your left.

Just after the entrance to the Hall take the slip road on the LEFT which leads you round, past the ruined church of St. John the Evangelist and out on to the road to Stoke Ferry. The tiny hamlet of OXBOROUGH is scattered around the large green. With the castellated walls of the Hall on your left, go past the main gate, (a good view of the house from here) and out of the village.

Follow this road, round the bends , over a bridge and through reed beds until you reach a junction. You turn sharp RIGHT here, with caution as the junction is on a bend.

After a short distance you will see a bridge in front of you, with a lane leading off to the LEFT . Take this very narrow lane, being prepared to dismount in the unlikely event that you meet a vehicle, as it is only about five feet in width in some places. The lane eventually arrives at a ’T’ junction in the village of BOUGHTON
Turn RIGHT here, where you will find that most of the village is set around the picturesque green, with a large pond and is a good place to rest awhile as there are convenient seats at the waters edge.

Continue through and out of the village, round a right hand bend and on to a short downhill run through open agricultural land. The lane then snakes its way through tree lined scenery, and soon after crossing over a little stream, goes round a very sharp right hand bend.

Follow the lane through another bend to the left and soon after this a bend to the right, About 50 meters after you come out of this bend there is a turning to the left which you take, then almost immediately turn RIGHT into the very tiny hamlet of BARTON BENDISH .

Go past the church of St. Andrews which stands on high ground to the left and, where the church wall ends at a pretty thatched cottage you follow the main road round to the right, which leads you back to a ‘T’ junction.

Turn LEFT here and continue up the long straight lane, passing a junction on the right which you ignore and continue straight on. The lane widens a little here and the hedges are set well back, with broad grassy verges. In about half a mile you arrive at a left hand bend, and just after this, a crossroads.

Turn RIGHT here and follow the lane for a short distance round the bends until you come to a turning on the RIGHT. Turn in here , and when you reach the farm immediately in front of you watch out for two very sharp bends, and also the ‘free range’ chickens browsing in the lane! Just after the farm, the ruins of the Anglo-Saxon church of St. John’s can be seen across the field on the right.

Soon after this you take the turning on the LEFT into the village of BEACHAMWELL    Continue between carstone cottages along to the tiny Post Office on the left and the unique thatched church of St. Mary’s on the right, after which is the village green, with the ‘Great Danes’ Head’ P.H. at the far end.
At the end of the green the lane swerves around to the left and soon leads to a crossroads. Go across and into the road which goes diagonally ACROSS to the right and is signposted to Swaffham.

Follow this road, going past a lane on the right, up a slight rise and through the few smallholdings which make up DRYMERE and then on between hedges until you arrive at a crossroads opposite the gates of the recreation ground.

Ignore the sign for the ‘Town Centre’ and turn LEFT, where you will come to a ‘No Entry’ sign just before the Market Place is reached. Turn RIGHT here into Theatre Street and return to the car park.

MAP FOR RIDE FOUR.
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Boughton pond in the Spring.
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Barton Bendish

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The car park and picnic area at Oxborough Hall.


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.........HAPPY CYCLING.
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