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Oxborough to Gooderstone heritage walk


A rural walk taking in some of Breckland's nationally protected farmland. Don't miss visiting Oxburgh Hall while you are here.

Near Oxburgh Hall, Oxborough, Norfolk
Near Oxburgh Hall, Oxborough, Norfolk National Trust / Michael Graham


Map route for Oxborough to Gooderstone heritage walk
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Bedingfield Arms car park, grid ref: TF744014


Starting at Oxburgh Hall, turn left out of the car park and then turn right along the lane next to the Bedingfield Arms. Pass Chantry House on your right and after 100yd (90m) or so look out for a not-very-well-signposted public footpath on your right with a fence on one side. The footpath enters a field adjacent to Church Farm over a stile. Turning immediately left over the stile, follow the footpath along the right-hand side of the hedge line, changing from right to left-hand side of the hedge further down. After about 500yd (450m) you will reach another stile (with barbed wire, so be careful).

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A fine view of Oxburgh Hall
Evening sun brings out the colour of the mellow brickwork Robert Morris


Cross this stile and enter another field currently full of rabbit holes. At some times of the year you might see piglets in the field on your left. Carefully make your way across the field from left to the right hand corner past the sewage works, to another stile.

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Piglets on Oxburgh Heritage walk
Look out for piglets on the way to Gooderstone Michael Graham


Climb the stile and turn right along the road. Follow the road for approximately ½ mile (800m) in to the village of Gooderstone. On the way you will pass the Gooderstone water gardens.

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A shot of the Gooderstone Water Gardens
Peacefulness at Gooderstone Water Gardens Martin Pettit


Continue down until reaching Gooderstone's St George's Church. This church is worth the 10 minutes or so to explore.

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Gooderstone Church St. George Oxborough
Gooderstone St. George Church at Gooderstone, Norfolk Colin Cunliffe


After exploring the church, the Swan pub opposite (if open) would make a good refreshment and toilet stop. Now retrace your steps back out of Gooderstone until reaching Elm Place on the left. Elm Place is signposted.

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Picture of a nightjar
Nightjars can be seen hawking for food at dawn and dusk


Now walk for around ½ mile (800m) until reaching a public bridleway on the right (Mill Drove). Follow this bridleway until the end and turn left on to Chalkrow Lane.

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Start of Mill Drove on the Oxborough to Gooderstone Heritage walk
Mill Drove, Oxborough Michael Graham


Follow the lane and on the way look out for the remains of Chalkrow Lane Tower Mill on the right. The gate to the yard has an interesting plate (seemingly of LNER railway vintage).

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Chalkrow Lane Tower mill with old and current view.
Chalkrow Lane Tower Mill near Oxburgh in 2011 and inset 1936 Michael Graham


When reaching the T-Junction turn right and follow the road back to Oxborough. Now take the time to visit Oxburgh Hall.

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Across the moat at Oxburgh Hall
You can see needlework by Mary Queen of Scots at Oxburgh Hall Dale Reynolds


At the end of your walk visit the church of St John the Evangelist. When you are finished, you'll find the Bedingfield Arms across the road from the church.

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St. John the Evangelist, Oxborough
St. John the Evangelist Church at Oxborough Michael Graham


Bedingfield Arms car park, grid ref: TF744014

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Oxborough to Gooderstone heritage walk


Farm tracks, bridleways, stiles, potholes, roads. Not suitable for pushchairs/wheelchairs for a lot of the route.

Dogs welcome as long as under close control.

Oxborough to Gooderstone heritage walk

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Oxborough to Gooderstone heritage walk

How to get here

Oxburgh Hall, Norfolk
By train

Downham Market, 10 miles (16km) then taxi.

By road

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

Oxborough to Gooderstone heritage walk

Facilities and access

  • Parking at Oxburgh Hall (check opening times) and Bedingfield Arms car park
  • Food, drink and toilets at Bedingfield Arms, Swan Public House, Gooderstone Water Gardens and Oxburgh Hall
  • Oxburgh Hall - admission charges apply, free to National Trust members