Stunning part of Norfolk countryside made more accessible thanks to nearly £50,000 repairs
- Credit: NORFOLK COUNTY COUNCIL.
One of the most beautiful parts of the Norfolk countryside will be made more accessible to visitors after nearly £50,000 of repairs were carried out to a popular walking route damaged by erosion and flooding.
The old section the Peddars Way long-distance Norfolk Trail at Shadwell, near Thetford, had been damaged by the elements.
But now, thanks to an £34,229 grant from Natural England - with £14,000 match funding from the Breaking New Ground Landscape Partnership Scheme - an old section of boardwalk where the path runs alongside the River Thet has now been raised up from the mud after repair work was carried out to the nearby river bank.
The riverbank has had new piling installed to secure it and this work has allowed an existing section of boardwalk to be raised.
A new section of timber boardwalk has also been installed through a boggy and wet area of the popular route.
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The work, which took eight weeks, was managed by Norfolk County Council's Norfolk Trails team and has now made the route much easier to use all year round.
Martin Wilby, chairman of Norfolk County Council's environment, development and transport committee, said: 'This section of the Peddars Way takes you over the River Thet and provides a fantastic view of the beautifully clear river and surrounding wildlife-rich riverbanks, fields and trees.
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'This summer is going to be a great time to get out and enjoy this lovely spot.
'If you're feeling adventurous, maybe give the whole 48 miles of the Peddars Way Norfolk Trail a go - right from Knettishall Heath in Suffolk to Holme-next-the-Sea!'
Sarah Dawkins, Natural England's area manager for Norfolk and Suffolk, said: 'I am very pleased to support this work.
'By improving the boardwalk, we've made sure a wide range of visitors can enjoy the wildlife and beauty of this part of the National Trail all year round.'
This work is one of the many path signage and access improvements being made as part of the Breaking New Ground Landscape Partnership Scheme in the Brecks, made possible with support from the Heritage Lottery Fund.