Walking photo guide from Great Yarmouth to St Olaves. The first part was from Great Yarmouth to Burgh Castle and this route is from Burgh Castle to St Olaves.
This section of the walk is bootiful in a Norfolk way. You go out into the countryside and on a warm sunny day it is quiet and lovely. Photos do no justice as its not a landscape full of powerful objects but wonderful for its overall effect.
The main moan about this bit of the walk is that you hardly see the River Waveney even though you are very close to it. The reason for this is the Norfolk and Suffolk reed beds that line the river and the path is on top of the flood defense banks.
Burgh Castle start
Starting at Burgh Castle and the Fisherman’s Inn you need to go to the back of the boatyard and through it, finding the path past the house at the end and to the boat mooring station.
Then for the first part of this walking route its a simple case of following the footpath. Apart from depending on when you are rambling the grass and weeds along the route may make it hard and tiring to walk through them. An option is to walk on the very low wooden flood defense barrier. But when this is over grown it becomes a walk of faith as you can not see the top of the plank in front of you but just have to keep walking in a straight line.
This is the best part of the walk as you have proper countryside with all its wildlife, draining windmills/watermills, ditches, reed beds etc.
You hardly see the river though as the reed beds are between you and the river Waveney but you can see the top of the Broads cruisers going past.
Fritton Woods pathways
The pathway goes along the river until you get to Fritton Woods when it goes inland slightly to the woods. Here you have a decision.
The walking guides suggest to go through Fritton and then walk along the roads past the Fritton Decoy Tavern to St Olaves.
There seems to be a another route through or around Fritton Woods that goes St Olaves. There is no information on this route and we have not walked it, yet.
The photographs in this guide are from the third route. A much longer route but it follows the river Waveney to St Olaves and you get near the New Cut and its imposing pylons. This route is harder as you have to find its start. Basically stick to the edge of Fritton Woods and you will find a variety of path routes, try to stick to the one that seems to be going in the same direction as the river Waveney which you can not see at this point.
Shortly you will see branching to the right and going into the reed beds the familiar flood defense bank with the metal or wooden low fence on it. Follow this and climb over the fence and barb wire that is across it. Now all you have to do is follow the path all the way to St Olaves.
We tried to find a route from Fritton that went alongside the river but the reed beds get in the way and there is also the danger of the hidden dykes. You can fall into them if you are not careful but if someone does do not laugh at them as sometimes he who laughs last laughs longest.
On this final section of the hike stinging nettles can grow in great numbers and cover the whole pathway. With reed beds on one side and dykes on the other you have no choice but to walk through them. Which is ok unless you only have shorts on. If you dont have trousers then you are in for a 1 or so of getting stung and just have to give up and accept your fate. Calamine lotion and a few pints at the Bell Inn St Olaves when you have finished your hiking is perhaps the only solution.