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The Pilgrim's Way from King's Lynn to Walsingham

This is as close as I'd go to the pilgrim's way from the West mentioned on and even then, it includes a mile on the busy A148 past Harpley Dams.

Churches along the route include: South Wootton, Castle Rising, Babingley (Orthodox Chapel), West Newton (just off the route, uphill), Flitcham, Houghton (inside the hall grounds - check for opening times), West Rudham, East Rudham (just off the route), Waterden (just off the route, up a footpath, fairly hidden), North Barsham, Houghton St Giles (slipper chapel), Walsingham.

The route approaching from the South is rather simpler and plotted at

Norwich to King's Lynn the easy way

Leave Norwich by following the green "pedalway" signs to Bowthorpe. Continue straight on instead of following the green route when it turns hard left and you should join Chapel Break Road by the Three Score sign. Turn right onto the road and turn next left onto the width-restricted New Road under the A47, signposted Bawburgh for cycles on its left.

At the end of the road in Bawburgh, turn right, following signs to Marlingford, then turn left at the end of that road. Continue straight on through Barford to Barnham Broom to Brandon Parva. After crossing the Yare on a narrow bridge, turn left to Runhall, then turn second left after Runhall church onto a height-restricted road to Hardingham, turning left then right to cross the B road.

Turn right at crossroads to Southburgh, continue straight on to Cranworth, turn right at end of road to Shipdham. In Shipdham, after first crossroads, turn left onto cycleway and continue straight on along the road. Turn left at end onto A1075, then turn right to Bradenham after zebra and crossroads. Continue straight on to Holme Hale to Swaffham.

In Swaffham, turn left at end of road and continue straight on at traffic lights, then turn right onto small no-motors lane by Atlantic Fish Bar past Strattons Hotel. Turn left at end, then turn right at end by police station onto West Acre Road. Continue straight on for 6 miles over weight-restricted river bridge. Turn left at end, then turn right at end onto B1153 to East Walton to Gayton.

Turn left at crossroads onto B1145 to King's Lynn and then either:

King's Cross to King's Lynn

A 110 mile ride from King's Cross to King's Lynn, passing King's College Cambridge (three kings!). Mix of flat and gently-rolling. 29% cycleway. 0.9mi on A roads, lots on B roads. Ride rating: ★★★★★. Much of this route has been used by a local cycling group, but please check you're happy with the route before setting off.

(Note: in this, following signs "to" a place should mean you actually go there, whereas "towards" a place means you will change direction before it. Not every signposted turn is mentioned, especially when on marked routes like the National Cycle Routes or A/B roads.)

Take CS6 southbound but turn off left at Calthorpe Street crossroads and continue straight over Farringdon Road to take Q2 northbound. In Islington, turn left onto CS1 to Seven Sisters. By the college buildings at Tottenham Green, follow signs for "Tottenham Hale" to turn right on Tynemouth Rd and at the one way signs, turn left into Copperfield Drive, follow road through emergency route onto Stainby Road. Cross the A road, then turn right onto cycleway and second left into Ashley Road, then right-left onto cycleway leading to one alongside the A1055, following signs towards Picketts Lock then Waltham Abbey. After Bilton Way fork, turn right signposted Enfield Greenways onto Route 12. At end turn left onto Route 1.

Follow Route 1 taking care to go left over bridges at end of Meridian Way. After Meadgate Road rejoins the River Lee Navigation towpath, leave Route 1 by going straight on crossing over Dobbs Weir and continuing straight on to eventually join Route 61 to Ware at Ratty's Lane.

After Ware centre and school on left, leave Route 61 by turning right over weight-restricted level concrete bridges past a lock, then turn left and follow Harris's Lane. Straight over one crossroads, then turn left at crossroads onto B1001 and turn right at mini-roundabout into Wulfrath Way. Turn left on bend opposite Poles Lane onto bridleway Poles Lane under the bypass, continuing onto tarmac road. At end, turn right onto Cambridge Road to Puckeridge, following cycle signs to Cambridge.

After Puckeridge, turn right onto B1348. At end after 20 miles, cross over A10 and turn right onto cycleway. After crossing river, turn left onto cycle route across open countryside and past new housing. At end, turn left, then follow Trumpington Road until Route 11 rejoins it. Follow Route 11 through city centre, past King's College. Continue straight on when Route 11 turns right off Bridge Street. After Shire Hall on right, at large junction, turn right onto B1049 to Histon, Cottenham and Wilburton. At end turn right then turn left into Station Road, to Witchford.

In Witchford, turn right and take cycleway to Ely. In Ely, turn left at end onto Cambridge Road and left with Route 11. In Little Downham, take right turn in Lawn Lane, following signs to Black Bank and Littleport. Follow Lynn Road to Littleport station and continue past. At staggered crossroads with A10, continue on right-left to Black Horse Drove. Continue straight on to Route 11 to Denver.

In Denver, leave Route 11 by continuing straight on when it turns right, then at end, turn left-right across staggered crossroads onto B1507 to Downham Market and continue straight on until Route 11 rejoins you for the second time after the church on the hill. Follow Route 11 to Route 1 to King's Lynn. Congratulations.

King's Lynn - Fakenham Route Sheet

A 49 mile ride to Fakenham from King's Lynn and back. Mix of flat and gently-rolling. 10% cycleway. 500m on A roads, 3½ miles on B roads. Ride rating: ★★. This route has been used by a local cycling group multiple times, but please check you're happy with the route before setting off.

(Note: in this, following signs "to" a place should mean you actually go there, whereas "towards" a place means you will change direction before it. Not every signposted turn is mentioned, especially when on marked routes like the National Cycle Routes or A/B roads.)

Follow Route 1 from King's Lynn to Sandringham Visitor Centre, then turn right onto the B1440 and ignore Route 1 turning left to the Sawmill. Instead take the next left to Anmer and then continue forwards, straight over crossroads with B1153, then left-right to Houghton, straight over crossroads with Houghton Hall Road and to West Rudham. At end turn left onto busy A148 and use lay-by on left to turn right towards Pockthorpe. Take next left into School Road, not rejoining A148 but turning right to continue along School Road, then at end turn right, then next left to Broomsthorpe. Continue forwards towards Helhoughton, then left towards Tatterford, then left twice towards Dunton. Take an unsignposted right turn downhill, then right again to cross the river to Shereford. At the end of the road, turn left to Fakenham, continuing straight over a small crossroads and a staggered crossroads with busy A1065, then left into Fakenham.

If you wish to continue to Norwich, continue straight on instead and follow the red Route 1 signs to Great Ryburgh, then after a sharp right, turn left between pub and church into Bridge Street. Continue straight on across A road then turn first right and continue straight across B road to follow road to Wood Norton to Guestwick with a right at end then left at end to rejoin Route 1 to Reepham. In Reepham, either follow Route 1 all the way to Norwich (sandy in places) or turn left at end of Ollands Road to Norwich Road and follow that to a staggered crossroads after woods with Norwich signed as a right turn. Turn right and just after Taverham sign, turn left onto Route 1 to cross a busy A road on a bridge. At junction with the next busy A road, turn left onto it, then immediately after complex traffic light junction turn right opposite Cock Inn into Low Road. Follow that to turn left onto Route 1 before bridge and follow Route 1 into Norwich (52 miles from Lynn, route map/downloads here).

To return from Fakenham, we will broadly follow the former railway route, which results in short climbs followed by gradual descents in this direction. Leave Fakenham centre following signs for Dereham B1146 over the river bridge, then turn right at crossroads signposted King's Lynn (A1065), continue straight over staggered crossroads to Shereford, then follow signs to Helhoughton, continue straight on out of the village, past a left turn to Weasenham and take a right turn to East Rudham. After the former station, take an unsigned left turn towards The Grange. Continue straight on through three crossroads, then turn left at staggered crossroads towards Great Massingham. Turn right at top of hill into Church Lane. At end, turn right to Grimston. At staggered crossroads, turn left towards Gayton then right to Pott Row and at end, turn left. Then at end, turn right onto B1145 to King's Lynn - take care over blind brows, riding central in the narrow lane where there are double white lines. Continue over roundabout with busy A149, then fork left onto cycleway and follow signs to station and town centre.

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