Swanton Morley to Ryburgh/Stibbard

This leg is a little under 10 miles – easy walking on quiet lanes.

Swanton Morley to Ryburgh

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.

St. Mary’s Church from the Cathedral Site

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; 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.

North Elmham Village Map

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.

In the final mile, we cross the river, climb to the top of the hill on a permissive path, that runs beside the road; and cross into the Parish of Stibbard, before reaching the Fakenham/Norwich road. Fast and frequent Yellow Line buses stop here.

Transport
Cakes & Ale
Accomodation

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.

Heritage Churches