Ironically to reach the unbeaten track you sometimes need to get close to fast roads. Last week crossing the M25 and Mll over bridges and through tunnels ensured my path was a lonely one. This week the A11 through Bridgham Heath provided a barrier between occasional walkers and ardent hiker. A little patience is needed to get across safely.
The footpath also crosses the railway at Roudham Heath (Or Anfield Road, L4 Liverpool, according to a sign beside the Union Jack). I took extra care after reading a tragic report of yet more life lost. Fortunately there is a good view in both directions so felt little danger as I walked across.
There was some confusion after crossing the bridge at Thorpe Woodlands into Suffolk. I met some people trying to find their way back to their camp site. A sign warning them away from the land between them and the site meant they were going to have to return the way they came. They saw I had a map and asked if it was possible to compare and find out where they had gone wrong. Their map was part of a brochure but did seem clear enough for the walk they were taking.
The land is (at least in part) a nature reserve and access land. This I confirmed with my OS map and I offered to guide them to the footpath back to their campsite as I was going in the same direction. They showed me the sign and I think it might be incorrectly placed. Its grid reference is TL 945 841 beside the stand of trees and after the track.
As the entire area is free access anyone with an OS map can easily negotiate around the area the sign protects however a good path with footpath posts appears just after the sign. If the sign was moved about 5 metres people using the nature reserve map would not have to worry where they walk. Alternatively OS and the nature reserve should adjust their maps accordingly.
Distance: 12 Miles
Elevation Range: 45 to 140 feet
Weather Check: Thetford, Norfolk
Map: Click here and once loaded select “Leisure” map
Route Card: Roudham Heath to Thorpe Woodlands Circular Walk
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