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PUBLISHED: 17:44 23 June 2006 | UPDATED: 11:05 22 October 2010

Map of walk.

Map of walk.

Charles and Joy Boldero enjoy a five-mile walk around Banham in south Norfolk. We parked by the Green in Banham which is situated on a minor road off the B1077 seven miles north west of Diss.

Charles and Joy Boldero enjoy a five-mile walk around Banham in south Norfolk.

We parked by the Green in Banham which is situated on a minor road off the B1077 seven miles north west of Diss.

The paths were all in good order and there were no stiles on this five-mile walk. With the Green on our right, we walked towards the 'No Thro Rd' sign and turned right with the church on our left. We crossed the road by the Guildhall and continued along the signed path opposite, a rough track which became a grass one. At the end we turned left along the path, crossing bridges to its end.

We turned left along the country lane. Then at the cross roads we crossed to the black barn and walked the signed path with the barn on our right along the field edge.

At the top we turned left by a yellow marker sign, then the path turned right and left. We kept to the left hand edge all the way to the country lane, where we turned left along it. At the T-junction we turned right, passing the large farm complex on the right.

We ignored a path right, then at the large nursery sign and finger post we turned left along the concrete driveway. We kept the buildings on our right as we circled them, ignoring a path to the left. The path became a rough track.

At the country lane we turned left. Then, soon opposite the cottage and thatched house we turned right along another country lane. We crossed the road and continued up the track opposite to the end. Then we went left, along the road, turning left into Appleyard. The Barrel Inn is in the left hand corner.

We went back to the road and turned left along the pavement. We kept along the pavement until we came to the finger post sign on the right. Here we crossed the road and turned right along Watery Lane.

A short while after passing the dwellings we turned left at the sign along a tree-lined path. We ignored an overgrown signed path right. At a finger post sign and plank bridge to the right, we turned left uphill across the field.

At the top, by the houses we turned right then left. This took us to a road which we crossed and continued along the path opposite. At a gap in the laurel hedge, we turned left into a track then along a pavement.

At the T-junction we turned right, walking back to the start of the walk.

t PLACES OF INTEREST:

1. Banham is a lovely old village with many of the older houses built round the Green. The brick kilns that once stood at neighbouring Hunt's Green supplied the bricks for these houses, including the 16th century Guildhall, which was once a jail, and a handsome Georgian house with Dutch gables called the Priory. Once the village was the centre of the cider-making industry owned by Gaymer & Son. Gordon Edwards (1924-1991), a Banham boy, was at the forefront of the East Coast entertainment world. He was not only a musician and band leader but also a restaurateur.

Banham is now most famous for its zoo, which is a popular place to visit for young and old.

St Mary's Church has a lovely spire which can be seen for miles around. On a sunny day the light streams through the clerestory windows onto the timbers of the nave roof which has massive tie beams and king posts, probably dating from the 17th century. Sir Hugh Bardolph, who died in 1203, is said to be the founder of the church. It is well worth a moment of your time to visit the church.

Banham Post Mill was an unusual mill because it had clockwise rotating sails. The mill was situated in Snailsgate Street, but in the late 1800s the road name was changed to Mill Road. The red brick roundhouse had nine-foot piers which were integral with the wall. The four double-shuttered sails had seven bays of three shutters. The buck had a porch and a tailpole with one wheel.

2. Appleyard is a nicely constructed square. There used to be several shops in it but sadly now they are no longer there. However the pub, The Barrel, as it's now called, is there and is open seven days a week. You can sit in the courtyard or a lovely open meadow space to sup your pint. Charles' pint was Buffys' bitter, one of several ales on offer. There was a good menu and certainly a friendly welcome. Tam had her 'pint' too - a bowl of water!

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