A walk on the surreal side – part 1

Photos and description of the walk from Great Yarmouth to Burgh Castle in Norfolk along the River Yare, Breydon Water and then the River Waveney. The walk and path is very easy and well maintained.

This can be part of a walk from Great Yarmouth to Fritton or St Olaves.

Most of these photos are taken using surreal photography techniques found in the Drive By Shooting and Is this for surreal photo ebooks. They may not be photo book quality as they were chosen for what they show rather than being perfect quality.

Great Yarmouth walk start

Start at Haven Bridge in Great Yarmouth and walk through Cobholm up to the Breydon Bridge (new bridge). At the start you can not walk along all the side of the river as it is a bit industrial.

Once you pass under Breydon Bridge the famously flat Norfolk landscape reveals itself as the vast expanse of Breydon Water opens up. It is deceptively shallow and if you are lucky you may see a stranded Broads cruiser boat stuck in the mud, with footprints around it.

Now just follow the side of the bank as it turns into the River Waveney and goes to Burgh Castle.

Over the other side of the water you may see Berney Arms windmill, Halvergate marshes, Cantley Sugar Factory. You may also get to see a train or two going to Cantley.

You should see lots of birds including Marsh Harriers hanging in the air.

Burgh Castle end

You know you have got to the start of Burgh Castle when the path along the metal flood barrier takes you away from the river and towards the forest and the only mountain in Norfolk. Relatively that is. Those not from Norfolk might think it is a few trees on a slope.

The ramblers sign shows you distances to go and here you have a choice, if you fancy a beer and some food.

The very friendly and locals pub the Queens Head is close but away from the walking route. But you can catch the bus from outside the Queens Head and this will take you into Bradwell, Gorleston On Sea or return back to Great Yarmouth.

The other pub is the Fisherman’s Inn and this is along the walking route and is on the riverside so you can sit and have a pint by the river. Its a more modern pub, has real ales and serves a bit expensive but good food. The Fisherman’s can be closed during the winter and can open ‘late’ even in the season. We thought we had timed it to perfection as we turned up at 11.30 AM desperate for a pint and it did not open until midday! By the time it did open there was a small crowd of desperate shaking alcoholics.

Whichever pub you choose, it might be a good idea to do both to help the local economy, you will go past Burgh Castle itself. It is a rather impressive Roman fort with massive walls that are surprisingly still intact. Built on top of the hill over looking the River Waveney.

If you walk from the sign to the Fisherman’s Inn then you will walk below it and will need to go up the wooden steps once you have got past the woods. It is a very quiet place and worth sitting for a while or having a picnic and cuppa tea from your flask.

To get to the Fisherman’s Inn you just follow the path back to the riverside and a narrow path with wire fencing will take you the short distance. You can also get some fantastic blackberries along this section and there can be plenty of flowers and stuff along the whole Burgh Castle pathways.