Walking

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Peckover House Octavia Hill Wisbech heritage walk

Walking trail

An easy walk around the north and south Brinks area of Wisbech, where Octavia Hill was born, including the Octavia Hill Birthplace House Museum, the National Trust's Peckover House and various other points of interest.

Enjoy the walk with a digital guide.

A podcast/MP3 file covering some of the route is available for download from Wisbech Walks. (See link at bottom of this page)

Octavia Hill (after John Singer Sargent) by Reginald Grenville Eves, RA

Map

Map route for Octavia Hill Wisbech heritage walk

Elevation

The Crescent Wisbech from an old postcard c 1920

Start:

Somer's Road car park TL417969

1

There are various car parks in Wisbech. The nearest for the start of this walk being the Somer's Road car park. Head towards the rear, exiting the car park into Alexandra Road. Turn left and head to the junction with South Brink. Turn right and, turning immediately right into Bridge Street, look out for the Clarkson Memorial directly ahead of you and slightly to the left on an irregular-shaped roundabout at the junction of Bridge Street, and Nene Quay.

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The Clarkson Memorial in Wisbech

2

Now head away from South Brink and Bridge Street, along York Row turning left along High Street looking out for the Rose and Crown Hotel on the left at Numbers 23-24. The Rose and Crown is a 15th-century inn with Tudor cellars beneath. The inn became run down and was closed for a time, but after purchase by new owners and extensive refurbishment, has re-opened for business as a hotel. The new owners may offer tours of the cellars, so it's worth asking.

3

Continuing on along High Street into Market Place, keep bearing right and take the first road on the right (Market Street) and walk down until joining Union Place. Turn right and follow Union Place until reaching the Crescent.

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The Crescent Wisbech from an old postcard c 1920

4

Turn left at the war memorial and walk around the Crescent. On the way, look out for 'Ghost Passage' on your right, before reaching Museum Square, which houses the Wisbech and Fenland Museum.

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Interior of Wisbech and Fenland Museum

5

Turning left out of the Museum, walk across the pathway to St Peter and St Paul Church. Go down a few steps and head right around the path until reaching the entrance.

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6

Exiting the church and returning to the pathway before Museum Square, turn immediately left down an alleyway leading to Love Lane. After a few yards, turn right into Alexandra Road.

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7

Continuing along the length of Alexandra Road, turn left at the junction on to South Brink. On the left at No. 8 you will find the birthplace of Octavia Hill. Look out for the blue plaque on the wall.

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8

After leaving the Birthplace House, turn left along South Brink, Cross Somer's Road until reaching Octavia's, an establishment selling pre-loved and reconditioned items with a cafe on first floor.

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Octavia Hill

9

Now turn right to the Old Market, stopping to look over the River Nene and visit the old quayside, where there is a small viewing area.

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River Nene Wisbech taken from an old photograph

10

Now continue ahead along Old Market.

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Old Market Place Wisbech c1910

11

Turn round and re-trace your footsteps along Old Market. Visit the Old Corn Exchange on the corner adjoining Old Market and North Brink next to Lloyds TSB.

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12

Now continue to walk along North Brink.

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Wisbech North and South Brink

13

Continue along North Brink until you reach Peckover House.

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Rear of Peckover House and garden

14

After visiting Peckover House, turn right and continue along for a short distance until reaching Friends Meeting House. After visiting Friends Meeting House, it's about a ten-minute walk continuing along North Brink, passing Chapel Road, the Wisbech Grammar School and Barton Road until reaching Elgood's Brewery. After visiting the brewery, this is now the end of the walk. Return along North Brink turning right and crossing Old Market to reach the Somer's Road car park.

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End:

Somer's Road car park TL417969

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Peckover House Octavia Hill Wisbech heritage walk

Terrain

This walk is mostly around the streets of Wisbech, and is wheelchair/pushchair friendly. Some steps into the Fenland Museum and down into the gardens around the Church. Dogs on leads please. Cross main roads with care.
Peckover House Octavia Hill Wisbech heritage walk

Contact us

Peckover House Octavia Hill Wisbech heritage walk

How to get here

Address
Somer's Road car park TL417969
By train

March Station 9.5 miles (15 kms)

By road

Somer's Road Car Park (free) adjoins Octavia Mews, off South Brink (B198).

By foot

Somers Road Car Park adjoins Octavia Mews, off South Brink (B198).

By bus

From Peterborough National Rail to Lowestoft, and King's Lynn. Norfolk Green Route 46 serves March, Wisbech and King's Lynn. Route 63 serves Wisbech and King's Lynn. Check website for times.

By bicycle

Sustrans National Route 1 goes through the Centre of Wisbech.

Peckover House Octavia Hill Wisbech heritage walk

Facilities and access

  • Tea-room in the thatched 17th-century barn
  • Gift shop in the Old Banking Wing, second-hand bookshop and plant sales
  • Parking at Chapel Road, 250 yards. Free (not National Trust)
  • Toilet
  • Tours available, please contact us before you visit
  • Groups welcome, please contact us before you visit
  • Assistance dogs only please
  • Baby-changing facilities
  • Hip-carrying infant seats for loan
  • Adapted toilet at tea-room
  • Five steps to entrance of the house. One wheelchair, booking essential. Ground floor has steps
  • Loose gravel paths around grounds
  • Map of accessible route
  • One single-seater PMV, booking essential
  • Blue Badge disabled parking on double yellow lines outside the property