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Banham and Kenninghall (7 miles)

PUBLISHED: 11:24 23 March 2012

This interesting walk from Rod and Janet Webster and Sue Aldis starts in Banham, but it could just as easily begin in Kenninghall. Although there is a lack of finger posts and way markers on this walk, the footpaths are generally well defined and clear.

Banham and Kenninghall

Start: Banham Church

Map: Explorer 230 G/R 063882

Distance: 7.25 miles

Public Transport: No convenient transport available from Norwich.

Timetables: 0871 2002233, www.travelineeastanglia.co.uk

St Mary’s Church, Banham, which is open daily, is early 14th century and has a magnificent spire.

St Mary’s Church, Kenninghall, stands in an imposing position above the road with a big and bulky tower. If the church is locked, the key can be obtained from the village shop.

Refreshments are available at The Banham Barrel and The Red Lion at Kenninghall.

From the gates of Banham Church, turn left for a few metres to the junction with Church Hill. Turn left and walk along this road for about a quarter of a mile. Just after a bend, turn left through a metal kissing gate and onto a meadow. Walk ahead towards the hedgerow but, before reaching it, bear leftwards and walk alongside the ditch on the left to a metal farm gate in the corner of the meadow. The stile is incomplete but the wooden fencing is climbable. Keep ahead along the field edge following the path as it turns right and goes along the backs of gardens uphill towards Rosary Farm. Keep on this path skirting right around the farm buildings on the left to reach Grove Road.

Turn right along the road to the junction with Banham Road and cross into the track (Copince’s Lane) opposite. Walk past Fen Villa on the left and Rushmere Cottage on the right. The track bends with Copince’s Fen on the left. At the junction with a concrete drive turn left. Carry on along this drive, which soon becomes a cinder track towards Limekiln Farm, to reach a road. Cross the road and climb the stile directly opposite into a meadow.

(If sheep are in the meadow, keep dogs on a lead).

Keep close to the post-and-wire fence on the left, and walk along the edge of the meadow. By Fen Farm climb over the stile by a metal gate and, after about 50m, climb a stile into Kenninghall Fen. Keep close to the fence on the left and walk along the edge of the Fen through scrubby ground to a gate with a large pond on the right. Turn left through a wooden gate, and walk uphill along the track to Banham Road. Turn right along this road for about 200m and then turn left up a track just past Fullers Cottage and Poppy Cottage. At the grassy triangle turn right up a track and then, almost immediately, left along a footpath through a rough grassy area of recently planted trees.

Continue along this path to the field corner by a lone pine tree. Turn right along the field edge path towards farm buildings and a wind turbine. Cross a plank bridge and follow the path as it turns right at the corner of the next fence to another plank bridge. Turn right, then left through the yard and on to a track (Mill Lane) passing Marshams Barn on the left. The track soon becomes a green lane. Continue along this lane towards Kenninghall, turning right at the marker post. Follow the track as it turns left at Mill House and goes ahead to West Church Street. Turn right to visit St Mary’s Church, Kenninghall.

Turn left back up the street past the track and on along East Church Street to a finger post by The Shop House. Turn left up a gravel track. Just before The Pennyfarthings, turn right along a narrow tree lined footpath. At the end of this path turn right along the track and, at the bend, keep straight ahead along the field edge. Cross the field ahead, joining a field edge path and keeping ahead on to a track. Turn left along this track walking under a conveyor belt at Ash Tree Farm and on to a grassy track. Keep on this path, ignoring a path to the left, towards some farm buildings and Park Common.

Turn left at the barns and walk along the farm track to a junction with Heath Farm on the right and Cowslip Farm opposite. Turn right and pass two cottages on the left.

Carry on along Park Common Lane to the junction with Kenninghall Road. Turn right along the road. About 50m along on the opposite side of the road, next to Rowancroft, there is a Via Beata resting station. Keep on along the road past Banham Zoo on the right and a village shop and Grove Road on the left. Just past The Walnut Tree cottage, turn left up the gravel track next to Westgate. Turn right along the field edge path and keep straight ahead at the corner. Go over a plank bridge and follow the narrow path as it meanders along the back of gardens and past the school. The path becomes a tarmac track (Church Lane), which leads back to Banham Church.

•This article was first published in February 2012.

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