Date: Monday 4th January, 2016
Meet at: Camps Heath, Wood Lane, Holly Farm, NR32 5DL
Map Ref: TM 51268 94478 Maps: Maps: OS on Bing Google OpenStreetMap
OS Map: OL 40
Dogs: Registered assistance dogs only. More
Guide Book: Lowestoft
Walk Number: 4
Start in Wood Lane near Holly Farm. Head in a northerly direction down the lane for about 500m, turning left up a steep bank (with remains 'of steps), and keeping the hedge on the left. At the far corner, follow the field edge round to the right. Shortly cross a footbridge on your left, and veer right into the wood. Where the left side of the wood ends, keep on between dykes on either side, taking care over the numerous exposed tree roots. Emerge onto the marsh over another footbridge and turn right along the field edge, alongside the remaining dyke, as far as Nebb Cottages.
Enter Flixton Marsh Lane but, after a few metres, take the field-edge path on the left and follow it as far as another lane. Turn right here up the lane until it ends at Waddling Lane. Follow Waddling Lane to the right, bearing right at a fork and then left past Warren Anne Cottage and Decoy Farm to reach the main road by a telephone box. Turn right for about 150m, watching out for traffic on the bend, and cross the road to enter the drive to Whitehouse Farm.
Where the drive bends to the right, the ROW passes into a gated field on the left. At the time of survey the ROW was impassable (if reinstated cross diagonally to the right and enter another field. Bear right some more and join a track around the north side of the farm buildings). Otherwise continue along the drive towards the farmhouse, turning left down a concrete track just beyond a telegraph post and some dilapidated railway vans. Follow this round to right and then left, keeping the farm buildings on the right except for the vans and an open barn. Turn right along a track to skirt the farm, keeping watch for a metal kissing gate on the right, about 100m on and half hidden in the hedge.
Go through the gate along a fence on the left and cross a stile into another field. Continue ahead past the field entrance keeping the hedge on the right and, at the next field entrance, continue ahead on the opposite side of the hedge. Pass a small wood on the left, turn sharp right and then left to reach the drive leading to Flixton Old Hall. Carry on up the track opposite, initially with a hedge on the left and switching sides at a gentle left hand bend and past the site of the abandoned St. Andrews Church. At the end of the track, cross the field bearing slightly right to emerge at a right-angled bend on the main Blundeston road.
Turn right down the road to the bottom of the hill and, just past the Flixton road sign, cross a footbridge on the left. Follow on to the left of the hedge reaching Wood Lane. Turn left up the hill to the start near Holly Farm.