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Walking Guide: Castle Acre Priory and Castle Circular Walk

Beginning at the rare survival of a Norman castle in the village of Castle Acre, this walk follows roads and tracks through the picturesque Nar Valley in Norfolk. 

DISTANCE 6 miles (10km). Allow four hours including visits to the castle and priory. 
TERRAIN A gentle walk on established footpaths, crossing a wooded river valley and open fields
TRANSPORT Small free car park available via Pye's Lane. Castle postcode PE32 2XB. 
FOOD & DRINK Pubs and cafes can be found in Castle Acre village. Hot drinks and snacks available from the priory, and picnics are welcome. 
ACCESS & DOGS Dogs are welcome on leads. Priory accessible via smooth grass and tarmac paths. Access from castle car park is via steps. 


 The Route

Before you start...Visit the Norman Castle

The trail starts near the Norman castle. This free-to-visit site was founded soon after the Battle of Hastings by the first William de Warenne, a close associate of William the Conqueror. It is a superb and well-preserved example of a motte-and-bailey castle, and remains one of the most impressive Norman earthworks in the country.

After your visit, begin by following the footpath waymarked Nar Valley Way until you reach a pond.

The inner bailey at Castle Acre ruined walls on the raised mound approached by a wooden bridge
Plan Your Visit

1kmSouth Acre & the Priory

Turn left and walk through the kissing gate along the waymarked trail. Head southwest towards the small village of South Acre, keeping the River Nar to your left and crossing it by a ford. At this point, there is an excellent view of the ruins of the Cluniac priory just to the north. 

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