When: 10:00am on Tuesday 27th December
How long: 4 mile, approximately 2.5 hours
Suitability: Easy walk, children, pushchairs, wheelchairs (there is one road crossing at Hellesdon road) and dogs on leads
Start: The start of the Marriott’s Way, near Barn Road in Norwich, NR2 4QT
Finish: The start of the Marriott’s Way, near Barn Road in Norwich, NR2 4QT
Getting there: People can walk or cycle from Norwich City Centre via Duke Street (past St Andrew’s Multi-storey Car Park) or along the Marriott’s Way from Costessey and Drayton.
Cost: FREE Booking required
When the railway between Norwich and Lenwade finally closed in the 1970s, most of the railway features were removed. However, some parts of the former Norwich City station and Helleson station still remain amidst the trees and scrub that colonised the sites. Join John Batley of the Friends of Norwich City Station as he explains what the stations would have been like in the glory days of the railway. The walk begins at the entrance to the Marriott’s Way near Barn Road in Norwich, where John will show participants the former platforms, engine shed base and site of the turntable that have been revealed through the work of the Friends of Norwich City Station. We will then walk along the Marriott’s Way, past the site of the ‘Wensum Dipper’ train accident and on to the next stop on the line at Hellesdon. Hidden amongst the vegetation are two platforms and a number of other surviving railway features. After exploring the site, participants can enjoy a hot drink before heading back along the Marriott’s Way to Barn Road.
Any other information: All children must be accompanied by a responsible adult. Some refreshments i.e. tea/coffee and biscuits will be available
(Photo: copyright David & Gill Wright c.1973)