Car-free adventures aroundWymondhamNorfolk

book trains

Ten miles west of Norwich, the lovely Norfolk town of Wymondham has an extraordinary abbey, whose towers soar over the surrounding landscape, and an octagonal half-timbered market cross. With a railway station, regular buses, a cycle route to Norwich and a network of paths, Wymondham makes an excellent base or destination for car-free adventures. Here are a few suggestions for days out in the area without driving.

  • County: Norfolk
  • Great for: abbey | art galleries | cycling | nature reserves | sculpture |
  • Refreshments: lots of fabulous restaurants, pubs and cafes
  • Please note: researched/updated in May 2023. If anything’s changed or you have more tips to share, do get in touch:
  1. 4. Oak trees, bluebells, country walks

    The countryside around Wymondham is full of good walks and interesting sights. Here are just a few suggestions, including historic landmarks, wildflowers and more.

    • The cycleway between Hethersett and Wymondham has a lovely mile-long section that is screened from the busy B1172 road by a row of oak trees. Along this shady path is Kett’s Oak. This tree, also known as the Oak of Reformation, is traditionally where Robert and William Kett addressed what became a rebellion in 1549, protesting against the enclosure of common land. You can learn more about Robert Kett and the rebellion he led in Wymondham’s Heritage Museum.
    • Kett’s oak is not the only ancient tree in the area. There are some lovely old oaks in the bluebell woods near the Sainsbury Centre on the way out of Norwich, where you can explore winding paths beside the River Yare and around the broad (or lake). Listen out for the cuckoo calling in spring and summer.
    • Another great place locally to see bluebells and other spring flowers, including wild garlic and early purple orchids, is Lower Wood near Ashwellthorpe. This village is about three miles south of Wymondham station. You can walk or cycle there, but there are no direct buses. You could get bus 37A from Norwich and walk to Wymondham, which has regular trains and buses back to Norwich. Or, for a real challenge, the 18-mile Kett’s Country Way loops through Lower Wood on its journey from Wymondham to Norwich.
    • This booklet of local walks shows lots of green areas to explore around Wymondham and Hethersett. This includes some lovely routes just beyond Wymondham Abbey, a series of permissive paths following the little River Tiffey through the green Norfolk countryside.
    • For more car-free ideas in the Norwich area, see Good Journey’s guide to the city and suggestions of places to visit by bus.

    Discover more car-free adventures and discounts at attractions around Norfolk – the UK’s first Good Journey County.