Named after the industry that dominated the area in the Middle Ages, Weavers’ Way is one of the most popular, and beautiful, long-distance walking paths in Norfolk. Stretching for 61 miles from Cromer to Great Yarmouth, it passes through fields, river valleys, ancient woodland and picturesque villages.
Whether you’re walking the entire length of the route or just joining it for an afternoon stroll, you’ll find Weavers’ Way offers a fantastic opportunity to get to know Norfolk and its beautiful landscapes that little bit better.
Weavers’ Way begins in Cromer, heads inland towards Aylsham and then takes you through North Walsham, Stalham, Hickling and Acle before ending in Great Yarmouth. Although much of Weavers’ Way takes you along designated footpaths, you’ll also walk along old railways lines and traverse some minor roads.
The route is clearly signposted and easy to follow. For the last few miles into Great Yarmouth, it runs alongside the Wherryman’s Way which links Norwich with the coast. If you don’t want to walk the entire 61-mile stretch, you can divide the route into sections and tackle each one individually.
Another option is to combine Weavers’ Way with another of Norfolk’s long-distance routes to create a circular walk. Join the Paston Way in North Walsham and return to Cromer via a different route or follow the Wherryman’s Way and the Marriott’s Way back from Great Yarmouth to Aylsham for a long circular adventure.
Tackling Weavers’ Way in its entirety is obviously a major challenge. However, as most of the route is on good, designated paths, the walking itself should be relatively straightforward. There are some stiles along the way and in winter some sections of the route are likely to be muddy. If you don’t want to walk the full Weavers’ Way you can attempt shorter lengths of this long-distance path.
Points of interest
As Weavers’ Way covers 61 miles of Norfolk countryside it’s no surprise that you’ll pass a number of points of interest as you go. You’ll find welcoming country pubs in Cromer, Aldborough, Erpingham, Aylsham, North Walsham and most other towns and villages you pass through along the way. There is also a good choice of accommodation options available with campsites, caravan parks, B&Bs and self-catering all on offer.
Along the way you can visit the impressive Blickling Hall, the beautiful Hickling Broad and the medieval bridge in Potter Heigham. You can also stop by the Berney Arms railway station. One of the most remote in the country, it’s only accessible by rail, by foot or by boat. Just next to the station is the Berney Arms Inn, one of the most remote pubs in England and a great place to stop for a drink during your walk.
Walking Weavers’ Way provides a fantastic opportunity to see a little more of the county and experience some of the most beautiful countryside Norfolk has to offer. Why not begin planning your trip and start looking forward to a walking adventure of your own.