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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