Walking around Scarning

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Dereham Walkers new guides

After a recent mammoth effort, 14 new or revised walk guides and a couple of information leaflets are now available. Three thousand have been printed and will be distributed free of charge. The library in Dereham is one of many places where you can pick up your own pack. Or visit the web page that lists the walks www.derehamwaw.org.uk
Walks 4, 5 and 7 go through Scarning.

Exploring the countryside around Scarning

If you take a circular route down New Inn Lane along Rushmeadow Road, Podmore Lane  and Dereham Road you may see deer . Along this route you will pass over the Parish boundary for a short distance but along the way there are opportunities to explore other paths. At the bottom of New Inn lane you could turn right  and then take the next  left and take a walk around the side of the sewage works and onwards through Rush Meadow which is a  'Special Site of Scientific Interest'  (SSSI).
More about wildlife here
Footpaths and bridleways in Norfolk here

road to sewage works, Scarning

This is the road that leads up to the works.

footpath, Scarning

A modification to the footpaths has been made.

footpath, Scarning

The path from the original sewage farm to Rushmeadow Road.

newinnlane, Scarning

View from the bottom of New Inn lane, but if you turn left and continue along Rushmeadow Road you will see the school at the top of the hill.

school field, Scarning

This is the field behind the school which provides an income for the School Trust.

Further along the road you will come to the bridge over Wendling Beck. This bridge rebuilt in 1885 was at one time known as Grissel Bridge. The driveway on the right just after the bridge leads to Hill Farm. The next turning on the right would have been the road down which Tony Blades walked with his sister to school . After this one can turn left into Podmore lane as they did and pass over the footbridge beside the ford.

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The ford at the bottom of Podmore Lane.
view of Scarning

View looking east, Scarning Grange can be seen at the centre of this picture.

You can continue up Podmore Lane  up to Dereham Road at Scarning Arch or take one of two footpaths on the right. The first runs parallel to Rushmeadow Road but on the south side of Wendling Beck and if you turn left at the end of the path you will arrive at the A47 which you could cross to walk up Chapel lane to the centre of the village. The second path leads you to the the A47 and and onwards to the Dereham Road.

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Scarning Fen

If you follow this footpath which starts opposite Scarning Grange on Dereham Road, cross the A47 and continue past Railway Farm. Here if you turn left you can head towards Scarning Fen where you may be lucky to see a kestrel flying overhead or coming to rest on the electricity cables. Sometimes there are ponies keeping the grass under control. another picture here

If you decide to go right along Fen Road you pass Railway Farm on your right and just before Brookfield there is a path which leads back over the A47 to Dereham Road. If you continue you will pass on the left the site of Drayton Hall which in the the field where the road bends left. You will soon reach Manor Farm where you can take a left and head for Green Lane, an unmade track and thence via Shipdham Lane into the centre of the Village. If you turn right at Manor farm and head back down Manor road to the Grange you will get a good view right across to the church in Dereham and pass Poplar farm on your left before retuning to the A47.

poplar farm

Manor Farm

grange road, Scarning

View towards Dereham

manor farm, Scarning

Poplar Farm

Walk into Dereham

There is a footpath and cycleway leading from Draytonhall lane which leads on to Ted Ellis Way and then on to Washbridge. Follow this route and you can walk into Dereham passing the Church on the left or by turning right  after the last house in the estate you come upon the water meadow  and after passing over a litttle bridge you come to the children's playground .

If instead, you turn left towards Dereham, Vicarage Meadow is on your left and you reach the quaintly named Rolling Pin Lane with bungalows on your right. A short distance ahead on your left before you arrive at the end of the lane look out for this plaque.old vicarage Palladium is the rare and silvery-white metal he discovered in 1803. He named it after the asteroid Pallas, which was itself named after the epithet of the Greek goddess Athena, acquired by her when she slew Pallas. Do you know why?

For other walks around Dereham click on the picture below

Hoe Bird Walk

Not in Scarning but well worth the early start. Monthly walks of about 3 miles to record and observe birds and wildlife led by Janet Hatton of the NWT. Members have been going on this walk for 23 years and recording the changing wildlife scene. New members always welcome.
Location: Meet in the lane at Grid Ref: TF 989 173 Cost: Free