This five and a half mile walk soaks in railway heritage from the very start. Meeting in the Hive, you'll get a pre-arranged bus to the start of the walk and return.
The site of the old Hellesdon Station is at the south eastern point of the route and is brimming with history, from prehistoric flint artefacts, to railway ironwork and World War 2 anti-tank defences.
On the surface, all that survives of the old Hellesdon Station is the remaining section of the platform, shown in the picture to the right. However, explore slightly further into the undergrowth, and you will find cattle pens, ornate ironwork, a second platform and evidence of the original ticket building.
Marriott’s Way follows the western bank and floodplain of the River Wensum for much of its southern end. This part of the River Wensum is a Site of Special Scientific Interest and a Special Area of Conservation and home to many interesting species, including otters, water voles, kingfishers and nightingales. What to expect; off road tracks and roadside footpaths with some gradient.
Approximate walking time 2 ½ hours, the walk will be at an easy relaxed pace, but unfortunately not suitable for people with walking disabilities that require crutches or a wheelchair. There are no facilities on this site, and good Footwear is recommended as we expect a bit of mud. Please dress appropriately for the weather.
Remember to bring water / drink and snacks for a short break along the way. The cost for this walk pays towards the travel to and from the UEA. This trip would normally cost £6pp, but we're subsidising half the cost to make it more accessible for students.
Please purchase a ticket above to book your place. Where possible, we will try to give a 100% refund if 1 weeks’ notice of cancellation is given. Please note that with off campus trips a refund might not be possible, unless another student takes yours place.
We're committed to making sure all Do Something Different events are as accessible as possible for all students.
This event has no special accessibility requirements.
Any attendees with individual concerns about their accessibility are advised to contact Union Opportunities (Union.Opportunities@uea.ac.uk) for additional support.
What is Do Something Different?
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