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|Hinderclay and Valley Fens|
|Author: burhinus, Published: 24 Feb 2016||Walk rating : Rating:|
|A beautiful, relaxing circular walk along a stretch of the River Little Ouse and some of its associated valley fens. Depending on the time of year the walker may be rewarded by seeing a wealth of wildlife, as all of the fens are managed as nature reserves. In spring and early summer wild flowers are in abundance and include; orchids, ragged robin, yellow flag and much more. Little egret frequent the pools and kingfishers can be seen along the river, whilst among the riverside vegetation reed and sedge warblers sing away. It is possible to see otters and this section of the river is also one of Suffolk's strongholds for the water vole. |
This walk is fairly easy with just two gentle inclines. There are no stiles on route, just a few single gates to go through. Please note the walk through the fens can be wet and after heavy, prolonged rain the section through Parkers Piece can be impassable. Depending on stops and detours you should complete in 2-3 hours.
Hinderclay lies mid way between the A143 Bury St Edmunds to Diss road and the A1066 Thetford to Diss road. The walk starts and finishes at Hinderclay Village Hall. Approximate post code IP22 1HW. Please park responsibly in the hall car park. There is a bus route through Hinderclay from Bury St Edmunds to Diss, but they are infrequent.
|Start to Gobbetts Lane Crossroads|
Start point: 52.3531 lat, 0.9733 long
Leave Hinderclay village hall car park and turn right onto Bells Lane. At the village crossroads turn right onto Gobbetts Lane.
|Gobbetts Lane Crossroads to Access Lane|
Start point: 52.3529 lat, 0.9727 long
There is a permissive footpath running along the field edge (right-hand side of the road) all the way to the bottom of the field. In spring and early summer skylark can be heard singing and roe deer can often be seen. There is a regular group of up to 10 deer.
|Access Lane to Hinderclay Fen|
Start point: 52.366 lat, 0.974 long
This short stretch of lane takes you into Hinderclay Fen. When you reach the fen our route takes us to the left, just inside the fen.
|Hinderclay Fen to Thelnetham Fen|
Start point: 52.369 lat, 0.9738 long
The footpath you are now on is the Angles Way, a 77 mile footpath stretching from Great Yarmouth to Knettishall Heath and forms part of the longer Around Norfolk walk which is 227 miles in total.
|Thelnetham Fen to Fen Farm|
Start point: 52.3689 lat, 0.9654 long
As soon as you enter Thelnetham Fen you need to turn right. This section of the footpath can be quite boggy after rainy periods. Look out for grass snakes, muntjac deer and little egret.
|Fen Farm to Angles Way|
Start point: 52.3726 lat, 0.9639 long
Just past the farm our route takes us left back into Blo Norton Fen and on another boardwalk. Here you pass through an old willow bed with some fine examples of crack willow. This is a good area for warblers and tit flocks. You will eventually come back out at the river.
|Angles Way to Marked Footpath|
Start point: 52.3692 lat, 0.9602 long
Continue along the Angles way and proceed through Thelnetham Fen until you reach the point where you first entered this section. Turn right and retrace your steps for a few metres. You need to turn right in this paddock, passing close to the corner of the wood. You should now have Thelnetham Church in your sights.
|Marked Footpath to End|
Start point: 52.364 lat, 0.9669 long
Take this footpath on the right and head on up the hill. This is the second incline of the walk. Continue with the hedge on your left until you reach the road. Watch for brown hare, roe deer and rabbits in the fields. Occasionally common buzzard and red kite fly over.
Text and images for this walk are Copyright © 2016 by the author burhinus and may not be reproduced without permission.
The information in this guide has been provided in good faith and is intended only as a guide, not a statement of fact. You are advised to check the accuracy of the information provided and should not use this guide for navigational directions nor should you rely on the accuracy of the weather forecast. You are advised to take appropriate clothing, footwear, equipment and navigational materials with you according to the current and possible weather and nature of the terrain. Always follow the country code and follow any additional warnings or instructions that may be available. Some walks may be very strenuous and you are advised to seek medical advice if you have any doubts as to your capability to complete the walk.
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