Upgate Common (Swannington)

(Last visited March 2021)

I adore this walk. It’s one of those places you feel is a bit of a secret and you don’t want to share with the world! But that would be uncharitable of me. There are so many options, although the uneven ground and mud in places doesn’t make it great for pushchairs – I always opted for the baby carrier.  

Of the many routes you can take, we usually opt to walk alongside the stream and then cross the bridge – the path then takes you up to a meadow with stunning views across the valley (sadly the stream walk is boggy and there are muddy patches in the depths of winter, but the walks through the woods are lovely too).

You can carry on round near Farm to Fork and through the village, or across the fields back round to the car (you can also do an additional detour to the fab playpark on Swan Close).

There’s nothing by way of facilities on the walk but you’re not far from Cawston, Reepham and Taverham. It’s a proper little explorer’s adventure and there are two bridges that are great for pooh sticks!

🌿Parking: Free – a small grassed area (point 2 on the map on the link below) (what3words ///wrist.shield.palms)

🌿Entry Fee: Free

🌿Refreshment facilities: No – closest are Reepham, Cawston or Taverham

🌿Availability of toilets: No but very rural for alfresco rest breaks

🌿Surfaces: Woodland surfaces – quite rooty in places. Boggy and muddy by the stream in winter

🌿Obstacles: Very muddy areas have planks laid down that are not suitable for pushchairs

🌿Seating availability: Yes

🌿Play area: Yes (short detour – ///easy.steepest.adopt)

🌿Dog friendly: Yes

🌿More info at: https://www.broadland.gov.uk/download/downloads/id/233/swannington_walk.pdf

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