Circular Walks in Fakenham and Wells, Norfolk (UK)
Fakenham and Wells are areas of remarkable landscape and wildlife with a fascinating mix of salt marsh, sand dunes, soft cliffs and undeveloped coastal landscape and hinterland. The movement of the tides, boats, skies and wildlife creates a lively dynamic to whole area. This lively energy can also be experienced in the towns themselves; Fakenham has the hustle and bustle of a traditional market town while Wells has the buzz and laughter of a busy seaside resort that attracts thousands of visitors every year.
The history of travel through the landscape can still be traced on foot; from the footpath on part of a Roman road at Burnham Thorpe and the medieval pilgrimage route to Walsingham to the disused railway lines between Fakenham and Wells. Historically, people walked, rode or took advantage of horse power and eventually used trains to get from one place to the next. Transport is very much a focus of this booklet; promoting greener travel in these days of heavy car usage even for short journeys. With many opportunities to walk, cycle and ride, there are plenty of opportunities to help reduce our carbon footprint. In addition to long distance paths such as the Peddars Way and Norfolk Coast Path which originate from Roman times when “on foot” was the only option, the North Sea Cycle Trail winds its way through the countryside linking towns and villages. It follows the course of the national cycle route which is waymarked locally as Sustrans Cycle Route 1.
The Norfolk coast also benefits from a regular “Coasthopper” bus service ensuring that people can experience the beauty of this awe-inspiring landscape on foot or with bicycles without worrying about how to get home at the end of the day. It also means that people are not limited to circular walks but can quite happily complete linear coastal routes with the guarantee of returning to the start point afterwards.