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Photographer: Brian Horisk/AdventureArt, Fife, Scotland

Route Filmstrip & Description

The trail starts from the church in Wickhampton. Park at Ordnance Survey Grid Reference TG427054The walk is out and back across flat fenland on a level path. To reach the historic windmills and pumping stations at Seven Mile House a railway must be cross by means of a level crossing which presents some difficulties to some people.There may be some good bird watching opportunities on the route as far as the level crossing.There are no seats or benches along this route.

Surveyed by: . Fieldfare, January 2009 (Winter)
Accessibility Rating: 5More Information
Distance: 3.3 km

Public Transport: No
Car Park: No
Steps: No
Barriers: No
Toilets: No

Full Profile

The walk is out and back across flat fenland on a level path. To reach the historic windmills and pumping stations at Seven Mile House a railway must be cross by means of a level crossing which present some difficulties to some people.There are no seats or benches along this route.The walk starts at the church in Wickhampton. Park in front of the church and take the path to the right keeping the church wall on your left.Ordnance Survey Grid Reference TG427054

Start The walk is out and back across flat fenland on a level path. To reach the historic windmills and pumping stations at Seven Mile House a railway must be cross by means of a level crossing which present some difficulties to some people.There are no seats or benches along this route.The walk starts at the church in Wickhampton. Park in front of the church and take the path to the right keeping the church wall on your left.Ordnance Survey Grid Reference TG427054

The first 60m of the track is a compacted earth and stone surface. It then changes to a concrete track which is the surface for nearly all the walk.

Surface The first 60m of the track is a compacted earth and stone surface. It then changes to a concrete track which is the surface for nearly all the walk.

Path

Stick to the main concrete track.

Direction Stick to the main concrete track.

The track is wide enough for two people to walk side by side throughout its length.

Width The track is wide enough for two people to walk side by side throughout its length.

Typical fenland views are available all along the route.

View Typical fenland views are available all along the route.

Path

 

Path

 

Path

Turn right and stay on the concrete track.

Direction Turn right and stay on the concrete track.

 

Path

 

Path

Old windmills can be seen all around this area.

View Old windmills can be seen all around this area.

 

Path

Reed beds and open fen make this an interesting area for wildlife.

View Reed beds and open fen make this an interesting area for wildlife.

Bear left through the cattle pens.

Direction Bear left through the cattle pens.

There may be some good bird watching from along this walk.

View There may be some good bird watching from along this walk.

 

Path

There may be some good bird watching from along this walk.

View There may be some good bird watching from along this walk.

 

Path

 

Path

Turn right as you continue to follow the concrete path.

Path Turn right as you continue to follow the concrete path.

The two old windmills by Seven Mile House can be seen in the distance.

View The two old windmills by Seven Mile House can be seen in the distance.

 

Path

The main drainage dykes of the area may be a good place to spot birds and other wildlife.

View The main drainage dykes of the area may be a good place to spot birds and other wildlife.

The wetland nature of the area is apparent throughout the year.

View The wetland nature of the area is apparent throughout the year.

 

Path

 

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Path

There is a  lay-by just before the railway.

CarPark There is a lay-by just before the railway.

The railway line  carries trains between Norwich and Great Yarmouth. Great care should be taken in crossing it.

Barrier The railway line carries trains between Norwich and Great Yarmouth. Great care should be taken in crossing it.

There are sprung latches on the field gates. The gates swing open away from the railway and must be closed after use (£1000 fine).

Gate There are sprung latches on the field gates. The gates swing open away from the railway and must be closed after use (£1000 fine).

There is a gradient sampled at about 14% (1:7) leading to the railway with some large loose stones and a small step before the level crossing boarding.

Surface There is a gradient sampled at about 14% (1:7) leading to the railway with some large loose stones and a small step before the level crossing boarding.

The boarding of the level crossing has gaps where the lines run. These are wider than 60mm.

Obstacle The boarding of the level crossing has gaps where the lines run. These are wider than 60mm.

The latches are the same on both sides of the level crossing.

Gate The latches are the same on both sides of the level crossing.

The gradient of the far side of the level crossing is about 19% (1:5).

Gradient The gradient of the far side of the level crossing is about 19% (1:5).

As can be seen looking back at the level crossing the concrete track continues towards the river.

Path As can be seen looking back at the level crossing the concrete track continues towards the river.

The remains of an old windmill can be reached from the track by a short path of loose stone and gravel.

View The remains of an old windmill can be reached from the track by a short path of loose stone and gravel.

Looking back towards the ruined windmill.

Path Looking back towards the ruined windmill.

The gate across the track has a latch that may be difficult to use, particularly from the level crossing side.

Gate The gate across the track has a latch that may be difficult to use, particularly from the level crossing side.

There is a small sign with a map of the access to the historic mills at Seven Mile House.

Information There is a small sign with a map of the access to the historic mills at Seven Mile House.

 

Path

Adjacent to the path there is interpretation of the windmills and other pumps used to maintain water levels over the fens.

Path Adjacent to the path there is interpretation of the windmills and other pumps used to maintain water levels over the fens.

The information board provides details of the pumps and contact details about opening times.

Information The information board provides details of the pumps and contact details about opening times.

The windmill and engine house are open to the public. See Information board for details

Path The windmill and engine house are open to the public. See Information board for details

Circulation to and around the windmill and engine house may not be ideal for everyone. See information board for contact details.

Step Circulation to and around the windmill and engine house may not be ideal for everyone. See information board for contact details.

The track continues from the engine house to the banks of the River Yar. The track is no longer concrete and may be muddy at times.

Surface The track continues from the engine house to the banks of the River Yar. The track is no longer concrete and may be muddy at times.

 

Path

There is a short rise with a gradient of about  16% just before the path that leads to the banks of the River Yar and its moorings.

Gradient There is a short rise with a gradient of about 16% just before the path that leads to the banks of the River Yar and its moorings.

A ramp at about 8% (1:12) gradient leads to the top of the bank but its surface is of loose stones and gravel.

View A ramp at about 8% (1:12) gradient leads to the top of the bank but its surface is of loose stones and gravel.

The path at the crest of the bank is also of loose stone and gravel.

Surface The path at the crest of the bank is also of loose stone and gravel.

The path to the moorings has a gentle slope (less than 7% (1:14). It is less than 1.2 wide with loose stone and gravel on its surface.

Gradient The path to the moorings has a gentle slope (less than 7% (1:14). It is less than 1.2 wide with loose stone and gravel on its surface.

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