Friday, May 08, 2009

Bure Valley and the Broads

Cycled a pleasant 40 mile ride along the Bure Valley to the Norfolk Broads yesterday, following a narrow gauge steam railway.

View Cycle Aldborough Bure Valley Horning in a larger map

Cricket on the green at Aldborough, click for larger

St Lawrence Church, Ingworth

From Aylsham, where I unfortunately received a broken spoke (big issue on my bicycle), I came off the road on to the path which runs alongside the railway.

Crossing the Bure near Buxton

The train chuffs past!

The train line terminates at Hoveton and Wroxham, where I joined the main road (you know you've been in Norfolk too long when you consider a B road to be a main road!!) to Horning on the Broads.

The Broads at Horning

Horning is an ancient village which had a foot ferry crossing the broads for over 1,000 years. It's closed now, as has the pub adjacent to the crossing. Luckily for me the Swan is still in business, and I enjoy a pint of Broadside in the windy but pretty conditions.

Swan Inn


Finally time to turn for home, and I cross back further north, along minor lanes and skirting the now-closed Cotishall air base.

Oink oink

Quick pint at the Spread Eagle in Erpingham, accompanied by their enormous fat basset hound, then home!

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