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|Norwich Bridges and Churches Trail|
|Author: clairesharpuk, Published: 05 May 2012||Walk rating : Rating:|
|A 5 mile circular walk around the city of Norwich in Norfolk. The first half of the walk follows the banks of the River Wensum, criss-crossing back and forth via the numerous bridges – the oldest dating back to around 1340 and the newest having only been built in 2012. The return leg takes you through the centre of the ancient city itself, and you’ll have glimpses of the old city walls, the castle and the numerous churches as well as an opportunity for some retail therapy should you wish! The city walk is one of the most varied we know, with a true mix of ancient historical buildings, industrial heritage and modern architecture. |
The walk follows mainly well made paths and pavements. There are no stiles or gates but several fights of steps. There are a few steady climbs/descents plus one fairly steep climb about half way round. Some of the access is through parks, the gates for which are locked at dusk. Approximate time 2.5 to 3 hours.
The walk starts from the Westwick Street pay and display car park which is on the junction of Westwick Street and Barn Road in Norwich. Payment is required seven days a week including bank holidays, so make sure you have some change. If you are travelling by train Norwich Rail Station is on the route – so simply adjust the walk accordingly to start here (near TS Lord Nelson mentioned in the section ‘Pull’s Ferry to Novi Sad Friendship Bridge’). Approximate post code for car park NR2 4SZ.
|Start to Anchor Brewery|
Start point: 52.6337 lat, 1.2873 long
Leave the car park via the vehicle entrance and turn left into Westwick Street. Turn left into New Mills Yard and on the left you’ll notice a plate set into the wall marking the various flood levels over the years. Go straight ahead to cross New Mills Bridge and on the left you’ll see the restored Water Powered Air Compression Station.
|Anchor Brewery to Colegate|
Start point: 52.6318 lat, 1.2909 long
Turn right over Colsany Bridge. Alongside is Bullard and Sons, the former Anchor Brewery which has now been converted to residential flats. Continue ahead until you reach the T-junction with the main road, with St Lawrence Church ahead. Turn left onto the pavement heading uphill. Opposite the Hog In Armour pub, merge left onto Charing Cross. At the traffic lights turn left into Duke Street.
|Colegate to St George's Bridge|
Start point: 52.6329 lat, 1.2927 long
You will pass by St George’s Church on the left then you will reach the cross roads with St George’s Street.
|St George's Bridge to Monastery Car Park|
Start point: 52.6319 lat, 1.2949 long
St George’s Bridge was built in 1784 to a design by Sir John Sloane, antiquary and architect of the Bank of England. Described as the most aristocratic bridge in Norwich, it is built of Portland Stone and has a single span of 42 feet.
|Monastery Car Park to St James' Mill|
Start point: 52.6319 lat, 1.2962 long
Continue along with the river on your left. As you reach The Ribs public house follow the path running to the right of it to reach a T-junction with the main road. Turn left here and follow the road over Fye Bridge and then cross the road to turn right down Fishergate.
|St James' Mill to Peter Jarrold Bridge|
Start point: 52.6344 lat, 1.3009 long
St James’ Mill is a Grade 1 listed building and was built on the site originally occupied by the White Friars or Carmelite Friars (a Roman Catholic religious order founded in the 12th century) from 1256. The friars made many additions to their original monastery site including an impressive church of almost 68m in length. The White Friars order was dissolved in 1543 and the site divided up.
|Peter Jarrold Bridge to Bishop's Bridge|
Start point: 52.6346 lat, 1.3037 long
Peter Jarrold Bridge was opened in 2012 and is the newest bridge in Norwich. At the far side of the bridge turn sharp left down the steps and then left again to continue along the river bank.
|Bishop's Bridge to Pull's Ferry|
Start point: 52.6324 lat, 1.309 long
After just a few paces cross over the road and turn left down a paved alleyway (note the gates through this section are locked at dusk). The path emerges to become a riverside path with the river on the left and playing fields to the right. Across the playing fields you will have views of Norwich Cathedral.
|Pull's Ferry to Novi Sad Friendship Bridge|
Start point: 52.6303 lat, 1.3068 long
Continue through the gates opposite. Follow this path through another gate and over a small footbridge, continuing now with the river again to your left.
|Novi Sad Friendship Bridge to Ber Street|
Start point: 52.6223 lat, 1.3038 long
After crossing, turn sharp right to return to the river bank and turn left to follow the path with the river on your right. Keep left at the fork, heading uphill past the leisure centre on the left.
|Ber Street to Timber Hill|
Start point: 52.6209 lat, 1.3015 long
On the right you’ll see an old section of the city wall. During the 11th century, Norwich was the largest city in England after London. By the middle of the 14th century the city walls, about two and a half miles long, had been completed. These, along with the river, enclosed a larger area than that of the City of London. However, when the city walls were constructed it was made illegal to build outside them, inhibiting expansion of the city.
|Timber Hill to St Gregory's Church|
Start point: 52.6259 lat, 1.2962 long
This street, now called Timber Hill, was first called Durnedale by the Anglo-Saxons and later in the Middle Ages known as Swine Market Hill then Timber Market Hill. Pass by Castle Mall shopping centre on the right hand side.
|St Gregory's Church to End|
Start point: 52.63 lat, 1.2916 long
Immediately after The Bird Cage on the right, turn right in front of St Gregory’s Church and go down the small footpath to the left of the church, St Gregory’s Alley.
Text and images for this walk are Copyright © 2012 by the author clairesharpuk and may not be reproduced without permission.
Really nice walk, never known a walk with so many pubs and churches on it. Let's you see all the different parts of Norwich
|By awizzbang on 2014-08-01 17:11:32|
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