Cycling

Cycling trail

Cycle Blickling Estate, near Aylsham, Norfolk

Cycling trail

Enjoy a fun walk, or cycle, around the perimeter of Blickling Park, near Aylsham, Norfolk. This new (2017) multi-use trail is ideal for all-weather use and takes you through woods and open land, with hard surface all the way round. Perfect for walkers, pushchairs: wheelchair users and cyclists.

Trail durations.

To cycle | duration approximately 45 minutes, To walk | duration approximately 1 hour 45 minutes

Map

Blickling multi-use trail map

Start:

Blickling main car park, grid ref: TG178286

1

With the Visitor Centre behind you, head towards the rear of the car park and follow the fence round to the road. Turn left and then after short while bear right and head towards the gate into Blickling park. After going through the gate, the start of the multi-use trail will be found on the left.

Start of the Blickling multi-use trail

2

The track bears away to the right into the park; then bears round to the left and then right running parallel with the Aylsham road for a way.

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Blickling multi-purposes trail at point (2)

3

The path runs along a cultivated field towards a wood at the bottom end.

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Blickling multi-use trail at (3) running along a cultivated field

4

Enter the wood and go straight ahead heading towards point 5 and the Tower.

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A typical view in Long Plantation.

5

Continue on, until reaching a break in the wood and a small path to the right leading to the Tower. Take time to have a look. When finished retrace your steps to the break in the wood; turn right and continue until reaching a small car park on your left. The path then runs around Hyde Park (which can be seen through the trees on your right), eventually bearing right and running along Bunkers Hill, also on your right.

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Blickling Tower on the old steeple chase racecourse

6

After 200 yds (200 metres) or so, when passing another small car park, you will be entering Great Wood.

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On Blickling multi-use trail at point 6 entering Great Wood

7

Path bears right at point 7.

Blickling multi-purposes trail point (7)

8

Path goes uphill for a while; flattens out and then downhill.

Blickling multi-use trail at step 8. Going downhill

9

Follow path until reaching a fir plantation and turn immediately right. This will eventually bring you to an area where you can examine the Mausoleum.

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A close up view of the Mausoleum at Blickling

10

When reaching a path junction, going right will take you to the Mausoleum, or turn left to continue the trail. Coming out of the wood the trail continues along an open area for 2-300 metres to an area known as the Beeches.

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View from point 10 on Blickling multi-use trail heading towards the Beeches.

11

Turn right at the Beeches, go through the gates and head down the path. Take the opportunity to sit on the bench half-way down the hill and enjoy the view. There may be grazing animals depending on the time of the year, so watch out for them. Exit the park gates at the bottom; walk back to the car park and the end of your walk.

View down the hill from the Beeches at step 11 on the multi-use trail.

End:

Blickling main car park, grid ref: TG178286

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Cycle Blickling Estate, near Aylsham, Norfolk

Terrain

Sand tracks, some tree routes, hard surface. Occasional seats, Dogs welcome on leads. Look out for livestock grazing.

Cycle Blickling Estate, near Aylsham, Norfolk

Contact us

Cycle Blickling Estate, near Aylsham, Norfolk

How to get here

Address
Blickling Estate, Aylsham, Norwich, Norfolk, NR11 6NF
By train

North Walsham, 8 miles (13km); Aylsham Bure Valley Railway 2 miles (3.2km).

By road

On B1354, Aylsham to Saxthorpe road.

By bus

Sanders Norfolk Green First 50, Sheringham, Cromer, Norwich to Aylsham route.

By bicycle

On B1354 Aylsham to Saxthorpe road. Regional National Cycle Network route 33 passes near the property. Permitted path alongside Bure Valley Railway.

Cycle Blickling Estate, near Aylsham, Norfolk

Facilities and access

  • Car park free to National Trust members
  • Visitor Centre in car park
  • Plant Centre
  • Second-hand book shop
  • Three cafés
  • National Trust gift shop
  • Toilets in main car park and East Wing Reception
  • Dogs welcome on leads around park
  • Stamp shop