The historic village of Burgh Castle sits on the east bank of the River Waveney, just to the west of Great Yarmouth. As it’s located within the Broads National Park, the village enjoys an incredibly picturesque setting and is a great starting point for your exploration of the local area. There are a number of walking routes in and around Burgh Castle, giving you a choice of distances and terrains to tackle. To help you find the perfect stroll for your day out, we’re taking a look at two of our favourite Burgh Castle walks.
Burgh Castle Circular Walk
The Burgh Castle Circular walk is an easy, 1.5-mile loop of the village. The route takes you past important historic sites and through beautiful countryside before returning you to the starting point. The path begins at Burgh Castle Roman Fort car park on Butt Lane. From there, you’ll walk towards the River Waveney and then head towards the fort itself. Along the way, you’ll walk a short section of the Angles Way and have the chance to explore the area’s beautiful landscapes.
Although this walk is flat and easy to manage, the majority of the route is on footpaths so it may not be suitable for people with mobility problems. The route is suitable for dogs, however they may need to be kept on a lead at some points. No refreshments or facilities are available on the route, but there is a welcoming pub in Burgh Castle and Burgh Hall is close to the start of the route.
Breydon Water and Burgh Castle
If you’re looking for a route that’s a little more challenging, you could try the Breydon Water and Burgh Castle circular path. This 8.5-mile route also begins in the Burgh Castle Roman Fort car park. Once you’ve passed the fort, you turn right along the banks of the River Waveney and follow the Angles way towards Great Yarmouth. Just before you reach the town, the route will lead you to the right and then right again before you head back towards Burgh Castle through the Norfolk countryside.
The route itself is mostly off road and some sections can be muddy and difficult to navigate in wet weather. This can make the route a little difficult for people with mobility problems.
There are few facilities on the route, however you will find a good pub in Burgh Castle and a couple of other pubs along the way. If you’re walking the route in the summer, make sure you carry water with you as the stretches between pubs and shops can be quite long.
Points of interest
The main point of interest on both the long and short circular routes around Burgh Castle is the villages’ Roman fort. Built to defend the area from Saxon raids, it’s a great place to learn more about the area’s Roman past and its early origins.
In Burgh Castle you’ll also find the Church of St Peter and St Paul. One of 124 round-tower churches left in Norfolk, it boasts several unique features and is well worth a visit as you explore the town.
Find out more about other walks in the area by taking a look around our site today.