Berney Arms to Great Yarmouth Riverside Walk

Three Ways Meeting Point, Great YarmouthI love walking in the English countryside – nowhere else is so quaint. Especially Norfolk, with rivers and lakes everywhere, and dotted with windmills, thatched cottages and medieval stone churches.

Now I have a FitBit I have to do 10,000 steps every day. That’s about 35-miles a week. So far I’m keeping up, but it’s hard work! You can follow my progress at If you have a wristband too, please join as a friend, so we can motivate each other.

Great Yarmouth Train StationThis rural walk is along the Wheaver’s Way around Brayden Water.  I’ve crossed this estuary to the River Yare many times on the boat, but never before on foot.

Picture at top is Three Ways Meeting Point, the start of this walk. Where the 70-mile Wheaver’s, Angles, and the Wherryman’s Way footpaths join. Right behind Great Yarmouth Railway Station.

Burney Arms Train StationI caught the 10:17am train from Great Yarmouth arriving at Barney Arms in just 7-minutes. Some say this is the most remote rail stop in the country – no station, just a short platform in the middle of grazing fields. Stops are only by request, so you must inform the conductor, and then only one door of one carriage will open.

Footpath Sign to Great Yarmouth

Burney Arms WindpumpCross the style towards Burney Windpump. Looks like a windmill, but in Norfolk most of these were used to draw water from the marshes before electric pumps. Then head towards the river and follow the footpath signed towards Great Yarmouth. The beautiful village of Reedham is also 5-miles to the right, but that’s another walk.


Berney Arms Public HousePass the Barney Arms Public House, only accessible by boat, train, or foot – open Easter to October. Like all pubs out of the way, it oozes atmosphere.

From there keep walking around the banks of Brayden Water until you reach Asda in Yarmouth – the train station is just behind.

Breydon Water Natural Reserve

Brayden WaterKeen nature spotters use this walk to view the thousands of wading birds and pink-footed geese on Burney Marshes.

Although a simple stroll, it is of grander, since Brayden Water is on a largish scale for Norfolk.  Being very-tidal it resembles a Scottish sea loch, but with Norfolk reeds and wildlife in abundance.

This walk took me just under 2-hours – but I continued through Yarmouth to the beach and back to the railway station car park, a total of almost 9 miles.

Breydon Water Walk Map








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