Stretching for just 35 miles between Norwich and Great Yarmouth, the Wherryman’s Way is one of the shorter long-distance routes in Norfolk. Taking you along the banks of the River Yare and through the Norfolk Broads, the walk is one of the most picturesque in the county.
If you’re looking for an unbeatable destination for your next walking holiday, or if you just want to get out and see a little more of Norfolk’s beautiful countryside, the Wherryman’s Way is the perfect choice.
Most people who walk the route begin in Norwich and follow the flow of the river seaward towards Great Yarmouth. Although the 35-mile route can be tackled in two days, you’ll enjoy your trip a lot more if you allow three or even four days for your trip and take the path at a gentle pace.
If you’re feeling energetic, there are several circular village walks you can add to the route to make it a little longer. Or if you want to tackle the route in sections you can divide it up and take on each stretch individually.
The Wherryman’s Way can be combined with the either the Weaver’s Way and the Marriott’s Way or the Angles Way and the Boudicca Way to form circular routes around the county.
As almost all of the Wherryman’s Way is off-road, it’s especially suitable for dogs. However, you will need to keep an eye out for signs designating protected areas so you know when to keep your four-legged friend on the lead.
By dividing the route into three, each section will be relatively easy to manage. The Wherryman’s Way is largely flat and well-signposted. However, as it’s off-road, there will be some stiles to navigate and you should carry wellies and waterproofs in case of inclement weather.
Both Norwich and Great Yarmouth are readily accessible by public transport, making it easy to get to the start and end of the route. Some of the other towns and villages along the way are also served by trains and buses. Check local timetables to find out more.
One of the most unique pubs on the Wherryman’s Way is the Berney Arms. This characterful pub is one of the most remote in the country and can only be reached by foot or by boat. You’ll find even more pubs in the picturesque town of Loddon and in the nearby villages of Reedham, Rockland St Mary and Surlingham. A number of hotels, B&Bs and campsites are also available on the route.
Points of interest
The Wherryman’s Way offers endless opportunities for bird spotting and getting close to nature. Although the area can be busy in the summer months, it’s very quiet for the rest of the year so you’ll have most of the path to yourself.
This long-distance walking route takes you right through the heart of the Broads and through some of Norfolk’s most beautiful landscapes. Why not pack your walking boots, book a trip to Norfolk and take a stroll down this idyllic walkway?