Marriott's Way

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Marriott's Way is perfect for cycling and walking. At 26 miles this is one of the longest off-road routes in the country. The trail follows the routes of two disused railway lines, running between Aylsham and Norwich. The route is named after the chief engineer and manager of the Midland and Great Northern Railway system William Marriott.

This tranquil trail winds its way through glorious countryside and picturesque villages following the track-bed of the decommissioned railway line that linked Aylsham and Reepham with Norwich.

Marriott’s Way itself is a county wildlife site and passes through many interesting landscapes and wildlife-rich habitats, such as the Wensum river valley and Whitwell Common. You might see kestrels, hares, orchids and if you're very lucky, otters - ancient churches, local food pleasures and artwork to enjoy along the way. Recycled railway line has been creatively used to produce Village Markers along the route.

If you‘re beginning your journey in Norwich, you will find the entrance to Marriott’s Way by the roundabout at Barn Road and Barker Street on the inner ring road. Directions to start: Emerging from the railway station, turn left (south-west) following the river past new housing, cinemas and night clubs. At the first bridge turn right and cross the river on the Novisad Friendship Bridge and then turn right to join National Route 1 northwards up King Street. National Route 1 continues on-road through the City Centre, before crossing the ring
road near the Barn Road roundabout where the route joins the traffic-free Marriott's Way.

If beginning the journey In Aylsham, you will find the entrance on Norwich Road, opposite the Bure Valley Railway station. Alternatively, there are many other access points at villages and road junctions.

Grid ref/s: Start Nat GR, End Nat GR, OS maps: Explorer OL40 and 252, Landranger 133 and 134.

Points of interest: Visitor attractions just off the route includes the dinosaur park, ROARR!, near Lenwade. On a more literary note, Parson James Woodforde, whose diary provides a fascinating insight into life in the 18th century, lived for many years at Weston Longville. The old Whitwell Station and the Bure Valley Railway have working vintage steam and diesel trains. Whitwell Common is an SSSI and one of the few remaining fen habitats typical of Norfolk Rivers.

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Routes

  • Length of route (miles) - 26

Map & Directions

Road Directions

Directions from Norwich Railway Station – a much nicer walk would be to turn right from the station car park and follow the riverside walk all the way through town and right the way to the Marriott’s Way entrance at Barn Road. There is access along this entire route.

Marriott’s Way is also a bridleway

Marriott's Way - Cycle Route

Type:Cycle Route

Aylsham, Norwich, Norfolk, NR11 6BW

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