This leg is a little under 10 miles of easy walking on quiet lanes.
From Swanton Church the route heads downhill into the valley, to follow the Worthing Road and cross the Black Water at Worthing; before climbing to North Elmham Church at the half way point.
Before the Norman Conquest Elmham was the seat of the bishop . The site of Elmham Cathedral is close to the parish church.
Those who saunter, may be tempted to turn aside from the route to visit St. Margaret’s Church at Worthing (this detour is waymarked); or to follow the permissive path on the disused railway at North Elmham, to approach the Cathedral site – labelled Chapel Ruins on the map – through Cathedral Meadows.
From North Elmham it is another 4 miles to Great Ryburgh. The route taking us through the historic 18th Century parkland of Elmham House, before following the Great Ryburgh Road to the river crossing.
At Great Ryburgh Church we turn sharp right in front of the Blue Boar; and, in the last mile of this section, cross the River Wesum for the last time, climb to the top of the hill on a permissive path beside the road; and enter the Parish of Stibbard, before reaching the Fakenham/Norwich road. Fast and frequent Yellow Line buses stop here.
Cakes & Ale
- Railway, North Elmham
- Kings Head, North Elmham
- The Chippy at North Elmham does pizzas as well
- Elmham Tea Post
- Blue Boar, Great Ryburgh
- Great Ryburgh’s Little Chippy has had good revues
There are B&Bs in North Elmham and Great Ryburgh. The Kings Head and Blue Board have rooms. Indoor camping is available for pilgrims at the new William Martin Building next door to the Church and across the road from the Blue Boar.