This Houghton Circular Walk is a wonderfully peaceful rural countryside walk in Mid Norfolk and takes in a stretch of the historic Peddars Way which is a Roman Road, as well as walking alongside the fields and pretty woodlands of the well-managed Houghton Hall Estate.
Although you won’t see Houghton Hall on this walk, it is located very close-by and could easily be visited before or after your walk. (You would need to check opening times as the Hall is not open every day).
The area around here is well-known for discoveries of Bronze Age earthworks which include three tumuli that are prominent along this Peddars Way stretch. You’ll catch a glimpse of these when you start the walk.
These tumuli, or barrows, are actually ancient burial grounds! They are supposed to be some of the best-preserved tumuli in the country. At the start of this Houghton circular walk there is an information board which explains how these mounds came to be; always an interesting read!
This Houghton circular walk is also well signed thanks to Norfolk Trails so you should find it fairly easy to navigate your way around.
In case you don’t know, The Peddars Way is one of the 15 National Trails in the UK and one which you can walk as a long-distance trail. It starts just outside Thetford and ends in the dunes at Holme-next-the-Sea.
Length: 4.5 miles
East of walk: easy with one slight incline
What you’ll see: three Bronze Age tumuli along the Peddars Way, lovely stretches of paths alongside the fields, woodland and quiet lanes. During the spring and summer months you’ll see some lovely wild flowers
Dog friendly: Yes, if you don’t mind a little bit of road walking on quiet lanes
Grid Reference: There is no postcode so you will need the grid reference 758285
OS Map: 250
The best place to start this Houghton circular walk is on the grassy verge at Harpley Common where the Peddars Way crosses the small lane near Amner. You’ll see this on the OS map.
Unfortunately there is no postcode for this but if you were heading from Amner to Houghton, you’ll spot the Peddars Way signs and the grassy verge.
I hope you enjoy this Houghton circular walk, I know I certainly do and I return to do it again and again. You can find more coastal and inland walks here.