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Norfolk walk: Leziate and Ashwicken near King's Lynn

The walk takes you around the tranquil countryside on the outskirts of King's Lynn. Photo: Peter James
The walk takes you around the tranquil countryside on the outskirts of King's Lynn. Photo: Peter James

This walk takes you around the tranquil countryside on the outskirts of King's Lynn.

THE WALK

Great British Life: A view around Leziate. Photo: Peter JamesA view around Leziate. Photo: Peter James

1. From the rear of the car park, pass through the two kissing gates, then follow the path between the paddocks. At the junction of paths turn right following the field edge path. You will come to a track. Turn left. Follow the track to East Winch Road. Turn left, go along the road for 250 yards then turn right onto the footpath between the houses at the finger post.

2. Follow the path uphill beside the field to the gap in the hedge. Bear left, then keep following the track to an open area. Beside the church there is a gate into the churchyard from the side, or turn left at the marker post and pass in front of the church. The church is worth a visit - it is usually unlocked. From the church take the track from the car park. Follow to the road. Go straight on through the farmyard, keeping to the left. Follow the track. At the finger post take the cross field path to the B1145 road.

Great British Life: The route takes you though woodland. Photo: Peter JamesThe route takes you though woodland. Photo: Peter James

3. Go straight over to Fen Lane. Follow to the bottom. Just past the houses you take the marked track to the left. Follow to the woods, which are open if you wish to enter, then a little further is the entrance to Leziate Fen which is open access land which you can wander around. You will need to come back to the same entrance to re-join the track. Follow the track, passing a footpath to the left. Keep to the track between the paddocks. At Elm Tree Farm at the end of the track, just before the road, take the path inside the hedge to the top. Leave through the gap in the hedge, turn left on the verge to the finger post.

4. Cross the road. Take the track bearing slightly left following to a marker post. Turn left following the track to the road - be careful crossing the road. Just a short distance up the road take the footpath beside the pit up to join the road passing the remains of the old country club. Turn left down the track following round to the right uphill. Beside the workings you will come to the point where you joined the path. Turn right, returning to the village hall.

Great British Life: The wide open west Norfolk countryside showing off the county's big skies. Photo: Peter JamesThe wide open west Norfolk countryside showing off the county's big skies. Photo: Peter James

COMPASS POINTS

STARTS AT: Leziate Village Hall

NEAREST POST CODE: PE32 1EN

MAIN WALK: 5.2 miles, 8.5km

GRID REFERENCE: TF 6800 1914

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POINT OF INTEREST

Great British Life: Ashwicken Church. Photo: Peter JamesAshwicken Church. Photo: Peter James

Ashwicken church

A medieval parish church dating from the 13th to the 15th centuries. The west tower has a pyramidal tiled roof and a 13th century west window. The church was restored in the 19th century, and the chancel and south porch were completely rebuilt. The interior of the church has a 19th century king post roof and a mid-19th century font. It has an attractive little organ and quite an impressive stained glass window.

Great British Life: The pits have a fascinating history. Photo: Peter JamesThe pits have a fascinating history. Photo: Peter James

Silica sand pits

There are many water filled pits in this part of west Norfolk for the extraction of silica sand, which is used in the manufacture of glass. There are still active pits in use in the area - another and it is used in the pits for long jump etc. Some of the old working are now nature reserves - the one at Bawsey has become a country park.

FOOD AND DRINK

CONGHAM HALL HOTEL AND SPA

The afternoon tea at this gorgeous Georgian manor house is reputed to be one of the best in Norfolk. Sweet treats might include Eton mess, profiterole with Chantilly cream and dark chocolate and lemon drizzle cake with candied lemon, savouries such as tomato, mozzarella and basil tart or goat's cheese crostini and finger sandwiches filled with Lincolnshire Poacher and chutney or smoked salmon, cream cheese and cucumber. Not forgetting the all-important scones, of course.

conghamhallhotel.co.uk

STAYCATION SPOT

FFOLKES, Hillington

With its characterful, individually-designed rooms and a stone's throw away from Sandringham and the north Norfolk coast, the Ffolkes is a fabulous base for a weekend or overnight getaway. But to be honest, they had us at Unlimited Breakfast Feast. Options to get your morning off to a good start include egg, pancake and omelette stations. In the evening, choose from a curated selection of local street food vendors, which, depending on the day you visit, might include Oishii Street Kitchen, Guac & Mole, Ffolkes' Pie Kitchen or dessert makers extraordinaire Reesey's.

See ffolkes.org.uk



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