Felbrigg, church, lake and ice house walk

Felbrigg, near Cromer, Norfolk NR11 8PR

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The south front of Felbrigg Hall on a bright day © Rupert Truman

The south front of Felbrigg Hall on a bright day

St Margaret's church, Felbrigg © Robert Truman

St Margaret's church, Felbrigg

A great view of the lake in Felbrigg park © National Trust

A great view of the lake in Felbrigg park

Felbrigg Ancient Sessile Oak © Michael Graham

Felbrigg Ancient Sessile Oak

Felbrigg icehouse © Michael Graham

Felbrigg icehouse

Felbrigg Victory 'V' Linked Beech Avenues © Michael Graham

Felbrigg Victory 'V' Linked Beech Avenues

Route overview

A varied circular walk through open fields and woods, passing a church, lake, ice house and a variety of interesting trees.

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Route of the Felbrigg, church, lake and ice house walk at Felbrigg Hall in Norfolk
  • Directions
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  • Toilet
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Start: Felbrigg Hall main car park, grid ref: TG193394

  1. From the noticeboard in main car park, with hall ahead and slightly to the right, take first left hand surfaced path and go through the iron gate, following the track to the church.

    Show/HideFelbrigg Hall

    The Hall, once described as a hidden gem, is a place of surprises and delights. Admission charges apply to non-National Trust members. Events take place throughout the year.

    The south front of Felbrigg Hall on a bright day © Rupert Truman
  2. Go through small gate beside the churchyard wall, and follow the path across the field to the right, as indicated by the green arrow. Ignore the stile and large field gate straight ahead and go to the right of the group of trees.

    Show/HideSt Margaret's Church

    The church is usually open and has several interesting brasses, including that of Sir Simon Felbrigg and his wife. This is one of the few remaining brasses of a 15th-century Knight of the Garter.

    St Margaret's church, Felbrigg © Robert Truman
  3. Go through the kissing gate with the bench beside it and turn left. Go through a second kissing gate ahead and turn right down the hill, towards the lake. Go through the gate and along the path beside the lake. At the end of the lake, turn right onto the surfaced path through the woods.

    Show/HideFelbrigg lake

    A great view of the lake in Felbrigg park. The lake, which is invisible from the Hall, was created in the mid-18th century by damming the Scarrow Beck. A pleasant and attractive feature, the lake encourages a wide range of bio-diversity and has a variety of fish stock, including carp, bream, gudgeon etc.

    A great view of the lake in Felbrigg park © National Trust
  4. Go through the gate, onto the boardwalk and up the slope. Turn left at the top, along the track between two fences. You'll pass The Great Felbrigg Sessile Oak on the right along here. If you want a shorter walk, go through the gate behind the oak and head back towards the hall, otherwise continue straight and through the next gate.

    Show/HideSessile oak

    This oak is thought to have started its life around 500 years ago. It marks the boundary between Felbrigg and Aylmerton parishes.

    Felbrigg Ancient Sessile Oak © Michael Graham
  5. Follow the left hand fence and go through the next gate. Follow the path, going straight ahead where it forks, and go through the kissing gate. Veer to the right and go through the small gap next to the brick wall. The track runs beside the brick wall and crosses a small car park.

  6. At the road, turn left towards the painted house, but before you reach it, turn right into the woods by a marker post and the Corstorphine Sycamore labelled (9), on left.

  7. From here, follow the track round to the right, up a slope passing the icehouse. Just after the ice house, turn right and continue on the path.

    Show/HideIce house

    The ice house (on the boundary with Aylmerton Parish) is a Grade II listed building in its own right. Built in the 18th century and restored in the 20th, it used Flemish bond brick, with a brick dome at the top.

    Felbrigg icehouse © Michael Graham
  8. When you reach the Victory 'V', take the left 'arm' and walk down slope to the car park at the bottom. Refreshments and toilets will be found on the right near the Hall.

    Show/HideFelbrigg's Victory 'V'

    These two linked avenues of beech were planted in 1946, in memory of the last squire's brother, Richard Windham. It was designed to be seen as a 'V' from the air.

    Felbrigg Victory 'V' Linked Beech Avenues © Michael Graham

End: Felbrigg Hall main car park, grid ref: TG193394

  • Trail: Walking
  • Grade: Easy
  • Distance: 2.6 miles (4km)
  • Time: 2 hours
  • OS Map: Landranger 167
  • Terrain:

    Undulating with some steep slopes and unsurfaced paths which can be muddy, especially near the lake. Frequent seats, several gates, no stiles. Deep water in lake, lifeline for emergency use. Please shut gates behind you and keep dogs under control as animals may be grazing.

  • How to get here:

    By foot: Weaver's Way runs through Felbrigg

    By bike: National Cycle Network Regional Route 30, Great Yarmouth to Wells. See Sustrans website for more details

    By bus: Nearest bus, Cromer 2.5 miles

    By train: Cromer or Roughton Road stations, 2.5 miles

    By car: Near Felbrigg Village, 2.5 miles south-west of Cromer on B1436, signposted from A148 and A140. Sat-navs give poor directions, please follow 'Brown Signs'

  • Facilities:

    • Parking : £2 (free to NT members)
    • Hall and garden: admission charges apply
    • Food and drink : Brasserie and tea room
    • Shopping : Gift shop, plant sales, second-hand book shop
    • Toilets

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