Blickling Hall


Route: Blickling

Area: North Norfolk

Date of walk: 30th January 2022

Walkers: Andrew, Gilly, Tom and Charlotte

Distance: 7.6 miles

Ascent: 300 feet

Weather: Sunny

The main objective of today’s walk was to visit Blickling Hall, one of Norfolk’s most beautiful houses. The elegant Jacobean Hall was built in 1616 for Sir Henry Hobart, Lord Chief Justice to James I. It is now owned by the National Trust and is one of its most important early acquisitions

On a glorious sunny morning we parked in the National Trust car park at Buck’s Common. From the information board at the rear of the car park we followed a clear path through the wood, parallel to a path at the edge of the wood shown on the OS map. After a short distance, and as the path curved right, we followed a faint path (easily missed) to a gap in the perimeter hedge. We then joined a path beside a hedge leading to the lane by Orchard Farm. After following the lane for 150 yards we turned off to cross a boardwalk across the riverside marshes. This section, beside the picturesque River Bure, proved to be a boggy affair. It can be avoided by walking back along the lane and rejoining the main route later on. We pressed on however, and were glad to have done so as the scenery was beautiful throughout

At the end of the wetland section we followed lanes and paths towards Blickling’s Great Wood and descended to the north tip of The Lake via Weaver’s Way. We followed a path beside the lake and into courtyard of Blicking Hall, where we had refreshments at the National Trust cafe. We continued on our way, passing through the grounds of St Andrew’s Church, and then along Silvergate Lane before returning to the start via a path through Long Plantation

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