The River Bure & Upton from Acle

A Acle walk posted on 04/07/16 by Walking Britain. Update : 12/09/16

A half day walk exploring the Norfolk Broads. The route stars in Acle and then follows the River Bure north past Clippesby Drainage Mill to the village of Upton. The return route crosses fields back to the start and offers a chance to visit the lovely round-towered church at Fishley.

Technical sheet
Calculated time Calculated time: 2h20[?]
Distance Distance : 4.96mi
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 46ft
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 33ft
Highest point Highest point : 43ft
Lowest point Lowest point : -7ft
Easy Difficulty : Easy
Back to starting point Back to starting point : Yes
Walking Walking
Location Location : Acle
Starting point Starting point : N 52.641426° / E 1.548364°
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(D/A)The start is the large car park on the north side of Bridewell Lane in the centre of Acle (grid ref. TG401107) which lies to the north of the A47 west of Yarmouth. Exit the car park and turn left along Bridewell Lane. It is easier to stay on the north side of this road. This leads into Old Road which should be followed to a T-junction (the A1064). Bear left here and follow the A1064 for a short way. Cross the road carefully to an open area which gives access to the moorings at Acle Dike.

(1)Walk along the northern side of the Dike (with the Dike to your right) and continue to the River Bure. Turn left here and continue up the river which should be on your right. Continue north to reach the A1064 Acle Bridge (grid ref TG413116). Cross the road with care and continue through the parking area opposite to regain the riverside path. The grassy path continues for a mile and a quarter to reach Upton Dyke (grid ref. TG408130). Shortly before this you pass Clippesby Drainage Mill which provides a fine sight across the River Bure.

(2)Turn left along the south bank of Upton Dyke, which is used for mooring boats and continue out on to Boat Dyke Road (grid ref. TG402127). Follow the road as it bends left and continue to a T-junction ignoring the side roads on your right and left. At the T-junction turn left and continue down to the next road junction with a grass island in the centre of the roads. Turn right here onto The Green. After a few yards you will see a footpath sign on your left (grid ref. TG397124). Initially an enclosed path it soon enters a large field. Follow the clear path across this first field. Go through the hedge and then go half left across the next field and then following the same direction across another field to reach a track at a right angled bend (grid ref. TG398114).

(3) Near the bend is the attractive round towered church of St Mary's, Fishley, which is worth a visit if it is open. To continue take the clear path leaving the track on the bend heading roughly south towards Acle. The path eventually leads into Pyebush Lane which is followed down to a crossroads (grid ref. TG400106). Turn left and the entrance to the car park used at the start of the walk is a short way along Bridewell Lane on your left.

Waypoints :
D/A : mi 0 - alt. mi 0 - Start: Acle car park
1 : mi 0.59 - alt. mi 0.59 - Acle Dike
2 : mi 2.74 - alt. mi 2.74 - Upton Dyke
3 : mi 4.27 - alt. mi 4.27 - St Mary's church
D/A : mi 4.96 - alt. mi 4.96 - Finish: Acle car park

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Opinions and comments


Global average : 4.78/5
Number of opinions : 3
Description quality : 4.67/5
Routemap quality : 4.67/5
Walk interest : 5/5

on Mon 03 Dec 2018 23:06:05 CET

Global average : 4.33 / 5

Date of walk : 03/12/18
Description quality : Good
Routemap quality : Good
Walk interest : Very good

Nice walk, easy going,easy to navigate

on Mon 08 Oct 2018 09:55:02 CEST

Global average : 5 / 5

Date of walk : 08/10/18
Description quality : Very good
Routemap quality : Very good
Walk interest : Very good

Nice walk around the Broads, easy to follow and clear instructions. Good lunch at The Bridge, Acle at the end of the walk.

on Thu 20 Sep 2018 19:44:36 CEST

Global average : 5 / 5

Date of walk : 20/09/18
Description quality : Very good
Routemap quality : Very good
Walk interest : Very good

Excellent walk with clear instructions and well trodden paths. Excellent riverside pub service great food just by the part where you cross under the road bridge.

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