Peddars Way

6: Castle Acre to Anmer

30 October 2010

After last week's walks on the Stour Valley Path, I decided that it was time to return to the Peddars Way, not visited since May, to make some more progress towards the Norfolk coast.

As we leave Castle Acre, I spot a well-equipped garden. (There has never been a railway to Castle Acre.)

The first 5 kilometres of today's walk are on or alongside the road which shares the ancient route of the Peddars Way. But after a short bit of road-walking, a new path has been provided along the field edge, running parallel with the road.

Eventually that gives out, and we have to walk along the road itself. Fortunately there aren't too many cars, but owing to the straight Roman road, those that did pass us were travelling quite fast.

Eventually we leave the modern road behind and continue along the straight Roman route towards Rhubarb Cottage.

George's new coat did a quite effective job at keeping most of him clean and reducing massively the amount of dirt, twigs and burrs that his coat collected, but it made the matting even worse than usual, and thus didn't achieve the objective of making the evening at home any easier for either George or Lucy.

Fortunately Ellie's fur is vastly easier to care for.

As we pass Rhubarb Cottage, the sign shows us we're still going right, but with this being possibly the straightest section of the straightest footpath in Britain, there is little danger of going astray.

Although (with a couple of short exceptions) we've left the tarmac well behind after the first 5 kilometres, the remaining 10 kilometres of the walk are still legally a road, but fortunately not a well-used one.

The next in the series of the Norfolk Songline stones.

From Blackwater Carr to Seagate
Since the plough first broke the bread of land
Pightles and pieces plots & pastures
To every man his stony acre

(A pightle is an old Norfolk word for a small enclosure of land, derived from pig-tail.)

After crossing the A148 which shares the old route of the Midland and Great Northern Joint Railway, our final section is along this section. This informative sign was paired with an A4 notice pinned to a telegraph pole which said that the road was closed

I continued along anyway, as it seemed fine, and indeed there were no obstructions at all, and the presumably new surface was easy to walk on.

There were several tumuli in the field here, dating from 1500-1300BC.

After our final road crossing (where signs facing back the way we'd come also said the road was closed, but went on to add that it was open to pedestrians - a shame that information wasn't also at the other end), another pleasant grassy section of road takes us to the B1153 and the end of today's walk.

Total along the Peddars Way 15.6 km in 3 hours 32 mins.

Despite a very straight walk and the initial road-walking, still a pleasant autumn walk in the sunshine. We're 78% of the way to the sea!



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