Upton Broad and Marshes

Image of the Day - Mute Swan on the nest
Note: the feathers on the head and neck are stained orange-brown by iron and tannins in the water

Having walked around the edge of the Marsh on my previous walk and; been suitably impressed by the host of wetland plants, I was inspired to devote a day to exploring the Marsh properly. 

Looking at the map there didn't seem to be any footpaths, but fortunately after a quick bit of surfing I located a site with details of permissive paths through the marshes. You can use this or my track on EveryTrail below. I strongly recomend using my GPS trails as some of the paths are indistinct and some are very close to the edge of treacherous 'quaking marsh' - at least I can guarantee that my trail avoids this area. (You may be lucky enough to find a Norfolk Wildlife Trust leaflet at the car park but this shows paths through the woods only, and keeps well away from the Broad and Marshes).
one of the many dykes in the wood

Nesting Mute Swan

Upton Broad from a viewing platform

Upton Broad and Marshes at EveryTrail

A walk along the River Bure

Inspiration - Thurne Dyke Drainage Mill
Following a visit to Thurne Dyke Drainage Mill (above) earlier this year I was inspired to explore the area more - esp. as the map indicated a large number of mills along this stretch of river.

Palmer's Drainage Mill
Starting from the small car park at Upton Dyke walk through the busy boatyard and you are almost immediately faced with Palmers hollow post mill - the only remaining windpump of its type. Its hard to imagine how such a small fragile looking structure has survived for so long.

Clippesby Mill
On leaving Upton Dyke you are immediately faced by two, unfortunately, derilict mills. Oby to the left and Clippesby to the right.

Oby Mill
Continuing along the path you soon come along side the imposing and quite Dickensian Upton Black Mill
Upton Black Mill
But in the distance are the more cheerful (and inspirational) Thurne Dyke and St Benet's Level Drainage Mills - they are unfortunately the only mills on this stretch of the River open to visitors (and with sails in tact). This strech of the river is also the busiest - with craft coming on to the Bure from the nearby South Walsham Broad.
Thurne Dyke Drainage Mill
St Benet's Level Drainage Mill
St Benet's Level Drainage Mill
Sailing on Thurne Mouth and heading for South Walsham Broad
Lonely South Walsham Drainage Pump
St Benet's Abbey
From St Benet's Abbey the path heads for South Walsham and then turns to border Upton Marshes - the subject of my next post.

River Bure Walk from Upton Dyke at EveryTrail


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