Oxborough to Gooderstone heritage walk, Norfolk

Walking trail

Enjoy this walk taking in some of Breckland's nationally protected farmland and heritage. Visit Gooderstone with its Water Gardens and medieval church, see the remains of Chalkrow Tower Mill and of course explore the Norfolk village that surrounds Oxburgh Hall.

Some stiles along this route, so not suitable for buggies or wheelchairs.

Parent and child exploring on a winters walk


Map route for Oxborough to Gooderstone heritage walk


Oxburgh Hall National Trust, 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 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.

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May dawn mist morning


Climb over the stile and enter another field (watch out for rabbit holes). At certain times of the year, you might see piglets in the field to your left. Carefully make your way across the field to the right hand corner, past the sewage works, to another stile.

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A pig in the walled garden at Attingham Park


Climb the stile and turn right along the road. Follow the road for approximately ½ mile (800m) into the village of Gooderstone. On the way you will pass Gooderstone Water Gardens, which are worth a visit if you have time.

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A shot of the Gooderstone Water Gardens


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

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Gooderstone's St George's church


After exploring the church, the Swan pub opposite (if open) would make for 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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Stone Curlew Adult


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 onto Chalkrow Lane.

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Dog on a walk


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). The mill was built around 1829 for a Mr George Seppings and was quite small, standing around 33ft high.


When reaching the T-Junction turn right and follow the road back to Oxborough. If you didn't have chance to look around Oxburgh Hall at the start of your walk, we'd recommend taking the time now.

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Oxborough village sign


At the end of your walk visit the church of St John the Evangelist. You'll also find the Bedingfield Arms across the road from the church.

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Cherub in St John the Evangelist Church, Oxborough


Oxburgh Hall National Trust, grid ref: TF744014

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Oxborough to Gooderstone heritage walk, Norfolk


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

Dogs are welcome as long as they are kept under close control, due to livestock in the area.

Oxborough to Gooderstone heritage walk, Norfolk

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Oxborough to Gooderstone heritage walk, Norfolk

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, Norfolk

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