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Marriott's Way

This runs 40 km from Norwich to Aylsham. It is an old railway line that shut during the 1960's. This means that its gradients are never steep. Apart from short climbs to roads, the most I have measured is about 2%. The quality varies from wide and gravelly to narrow and a bit overgrown. However it is mostly excellent riding. I advise riding from the car park at Reepham station where there is plenty of space, or from Fir Covert Road in Taverham, though this car park is small and sometimes full. The station car park closes at 17:00 most days with a barrier on the road.

There is no need to go hungry or thirsty. There are excellent cafes at Reepham station and at Whitwell Station, which is half-way to Norwich, and has a yard and railway line for rail enthusiasts. I especially recommend the Norfolk shortbread at Reepham, which is second to none, and they bake very good scones too.

Towards Norwich the track meanders and crosses roads, so is less pleasant riding. From Taverham to the disused Reepham Station is just under 20km. The Way then goes on to Aylsham, which is another 10km. This part is not well sign-posted. From the station turn right and ride under the bridge to the main road. Turn left and you will find the entrance to the path a very short way along on the right. The Way ends just outside Tesco and across the road from the Bure Valley railway. You could then move onto The Weaver's Way to North Walsham or the Bure Valley Railway path to Wroxham. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marriott%27s_Way

Norfolk County Council is to be congratulated on maintaining this excellent path, and it is planning further improvements. To see the plan click here, and to see the appendices including the results of a user survey click here. There are lots of pictures of the Way in the appendices.

Map references

Norwich end near Halfords: 52.6357N 1.2873E

Fir Covert Road car park entrance: 52.7026N 1.1960E

Reepham Station cafe and car park entrance: 52.7674N 1.1144E

Aylsham near Bure Valley railway: 52.7909N 1.2541E

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Last edit 22 September 2016