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Plans for new Broads footpath

PUBLISHED: 09:29 16 April 2008 | UPDATED: 09:15 11 May 2010

An ambitious scheme has been launched to set up eight miles of pathway in the Norfolk Broads from Hoveton to Potter Heigham.

If funding is secured, the Three Rivers Way path would see the pedestrian, wheelchair and bike route pass through Horning and Ludham, giving people a new opportunity to enjoy the countryside.

An ambitious scheme has been launched to set up eight miles of pathway in the Norfolk Broads from Hoveton to Potter Heigham.

If funding is secured, the Three Rivers Way path would see the pedestrian, wheelchair and bike route pass through Horning and Ludham, giving people a new opportunity to enjoy the countryside.

The rural link was proposed by the recently formed Three Rivers Way Association because it is difficult for people to walk along the A1062 to reach all four villages and the Broads.

It is hoped that the route will cut down the number of local people using cars to reach the Broads and it may help families lead more healthy lifestyles as they go on the eight-mile walk.

The pathway will pass by the rivers Thurne, Bure and Ant.

On Friday night the pathway will be discussed at a public meeting at Ludham village hall with landowners, walkers and countryside lovers being encouraged to comment on the plans.

Anita Turpin, secretary of the association, said: “The A1062 can be dangerous to walk by as there is far too much traffic on the road and it is very bendy.

“The Three Rivers Way path would be very nice to go along as all four villages are wonderful and there is so much beautiful countryside to view.”

Mrs Turpin said that if only 10 per cent of the four villages' 5,000 residents regularly used the pathway, it would mean there would be an annual footfall of 192,000.

The association also hopes that schools could arrange trips along the path and the route will boost the local economy and tourist sites such as Bewilderwood.

Preliminary plans also include an alternative longer route which would take in Thurne Bank and St Benet's Abbey.

Although the pathway plans are still in a consultation phase, funding could be secured from the National Lottery and Norfolk County Council. North Norfolk District Council supports the scheme as does North Norfolk MP Norman Lamb.

The pathway public meeting will be held at Ludham Village Hall on Friday from 7.30pm. For more information on the association or the meeting, call Mrs Turpin on 01692 631351.

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