Surrounded by the expansive Norfolk Broads, and part of the Ludham–Potter Heigham National Nature Reserve, the village of Ludham enjoys one of the most picturesque settings in Norfolk. If you want to get out for a stroll, get close to nature and enjoy some of the best landscapes the county has to offer, a walk around Ludham and the surrounding area is the perfect choice for your next outdoor adventure.
This circular route begins in the car park just to the east of the village centre. From there, walk up towards Yarmouth Road and then turn left towards the Kings Arms. Just opposite the pub, turn left down High Street and then turn right down Lover’s Lane. This will lead you onto a track and then back up onto the main road. Cross over to the other side of the main road and then take the footpath on your right, just before the village hall.
Follow the footpath through the fields towards How Hill Farm, The Mill House and How Hill Study Centre. Turn left when you reach the River Ant and follow the banks of the waterway back to Ludham Bridge. Turn left up Norwich Road and then right onto Hall Road, just by the Dog Inn pub. From here, the route leads you back into the village and the end of your walk.
Although the walk is mostly flat, you will have to navigate gates, stiles and muddy fields, so it may not be suitable for people with mobility problems.
Altogether the route is around six miles long and should take around three hours to complete. Dogs are welcome on the route, but need to be kept on the lead and under control at all times.
There is a choice of facilities on this circular walk, giving you plenty of opportunities to sit down, relax and refuel as you explore the area. You’ll find tearooms in Ludham, How Hill and Ludham Bridge and three pubs are also dotted along the route. Toilets can be found in the Ludham car park, How Hill and on Norwich Road close to Ludham Bridge.
Points of interest
There are a number of points of interest along the route. Both the Mill House and Turf Fen Drainage Mill in How Hill are great examples of local architecture. A number of these mills dot the Broads, giving visitors a glimpse into how the area was drained and transformed into the landscape we see today.
As you walk along the River Ant, you can take in the views of the beautiful Ant Valley. Part of the Bure Valley Living Landscape, it’s a great place to experience the natural beauty of the Broads.
Spend a few hours exploring this picturesque route or visit a few pubs and tearooms as you go and make a day of your adventure. The perfect destination for anyone who wants to see a little more of the natural landscape, explore the local pubs and get to know this pretty village, the Ludham circular walk has something for everyone.