Oxborough to Caldecote Farm circular walk

Oxborough nr Swaffham, Norfolk PE33 9PS

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St. John the Evangelist, Oxborough, with its new roof © Barbara Whiteman

St. John the Evangelist, Oxborough, with its new roof

This path may be obscured by crops © Michael Graham

This path may be obscured by crops

This path may be muddy © Michael Graham

This path may be muddy

Little is now known of St. Mary the Virgin © Michael Graham

Little is now known of St. Mary the Virgin

A sweeping view looking east from Caldecote Farm in April after a shower .. © Michael Graham

A sweeping view looking east from Caldecote Farm in April after a shower ..

 © Michael Graham

A panoramic view from the roof at Oxburgh Hall © Michael.Graham

A panoramic view from the roof at Oxburgh Hall

Route overview

A circular walk exploring the lanes and countryside around Oxborough, heading north towards Caldecote Farm, returning across fields and visiting romantic moated Oxburgh Hall.

Route details

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Oxborough to Caldecote Farm Circular Walk Map
  • Directions
  • Route
  • Bus stop
  • Parking
  • Toilet
  • Viewpoint

Start: Nr. Oxburgh Hall National Trust TF744014

  1. If parking at Oxburgh Hall, please check opening times first. You can park with care on the roadside in Oxborough village and in Bedingfield Arms car park. Begin by walking up Eastmoor Road, opposite St John the Evangelist Church. After about 700yds (640m), look out for a signpost pointing across the field to your right.

    Show/HideSt John the Evangelist

    On a windy day in April 1948, the church tower collapsed - taking the roof with it - and destroyed the nave and south aisle. The roof on the remaining portion was replaced in 2012. Here it is with the new roof.

    St. John the Evangelist, Oxborough, with its new roof © Barbara Whiteman
  2. Depending on the time of the year, this path may be partially obscured by crops. Enter the field and heading diagonally, go towards the left hand side of the field. About midway along the edge of the field look out for a cross over point into the next field, and continue across to the top left-hand corner of this field. You may see several parked vehicles which is the car park for a paint-balling company.

    Show/HidePath across field

    This path could be partially obscured, and could be muddy.

    This path may be obscured by crops © Michael Graham
  3. Now turn left along a sandy farm track with a line of trees to your right, eventually reaching a lane by a barn, which is the start of Caldecote Farm

    Show/HideSandy farm track

    Although described as sandy, this path is totally unmade, is used by vehicles going to the paintball car park, and can be quite muddy.

    This path may be muddy © Michael Graham
  4. Turn right, and you will see Caldecote Farm on your right and the earthworks of the old church of St Mary the Virgin in the field to your left

    Show/HideSt. Mary the Virgin

    The church of St. Mary the Virgin was originally consecrated in the 1500s, and became disused in the late 1800s but little more is known of its history. This is all that remains.

    Little is now known of St. Mary the Virgin © Michael Graham
  5. Passing the Caldecote farm buildings to your right, you will enter a section of road with young trees planted on either side, offering good views over the countryside.

    Show/HideCaldecote Farm

    Caldecote Farm is now used as a paint-balling operation, and is no longer used as a working farm. This sweeping view is taken from just past the old farm buildings.

    A sweeping view looking east from Caldecote Farm in April after a shower .. © Michael Graham
  6. After about 600yds (549m), the lane bends sharp right towards Gooderstone and Oxborough. Follow this road to a crossroads. Continue straight across, down the road which indicates that there is a weight restriction on the bridge further down.

    Show/HideGooderstone Water Gardens

    If you have the time, you might like to visit Gooderstone water gardens, which are found along the road into Gooderstone.

     © Michael Graham
  7. Now look for the footpath sign and stile on your right, which is just before the bridge over the River Gadder, and immediately adjacent to the Anglian Water Sewage works. Cross the stile, and walk straight across the meadow ahead, heading towards the right-hand corner of the field and another stile. Pig slurry may be on the ground in this field so tread carefully.

  8. Cross the stile and if pigs allow, continue forward down the right-hand side of the hedge-line, or if pigs are in this field then continue down the left of the hedge-line on the field boundary, and exit into the next field

  9. Keeping to the right of the field and left of the hedge-line, after 100yds or so another stile will be reached leading to a small path which exits onto a small section of a lane. Turn left and make your way back to your car. While you are here make sure to visit Oxburgh Hall, owned by the National Trust and home to the Bedingfield family since the 15th century.

    Show/HideOxburgh Hall

    Learn about the Bedingfield family's Catholic history, look out for the secret priest's hole and the astonishing needlework by Mary Queen of Scots. If you have a head for heights and can cope with the spiral staircase, then don't miss the panoramic views from the Tudor gatehouse roof.

    A panoramic view from the roof at Oxburgh Hall © Michael.Graham

End: Nr. Bedingfield Arms Public House TF744014

  • Trail: Walking
  • Grade: Easy
  • Distance: 3 miles (4.8km)
  • Time: 1 hour 45 minutes
  • OS Map: Landranger 143
  • Terrain:

    Field paths, tarmac roads, stiles, gates. Will be muddy in wet weather. Dogs welcome as long as under close control and particularly when near livestock that may be encountered on this walk.

  • How to get here:

    By train: Downham Market is 10 miles (16km) away. You can take a taxi from there.

    By car: 7 miles (11km) south west of Swaffham, 3 miles (5km) from A134 at Stoke Ferry.

  • Facilities:

    • Parking : Oxburgh Hall car park (check opening times). Bedingfield Arms car park. Roadside in Oxborough village.
    • Food and drink : Bedingfield Arms
    • WC's : Bedingfield Arms. Oxburgh Hall (when open)
    • Oxburgh Hall (entrance charges apply) free to NT members

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