The Boudicca Way long distance path runs for approximately 36 miles between Diss and Norwich. The route can be walked in either direction and starts/finishes at Diss and Norwich mainline railway stations (London Liverpool Street line). The route breaks down into four manageable sections of roughly equal length but of course you can do as much or as little of the walk as you choose.
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Please note that during the review and update of the Boudicca Way the path was slightly amended from the original route to take it away from some country roads onto public footpaths and to walk through a couple more villages. These changes are reflected in the information we provide on this site, the mapping services below and the waymarking posts along the route.
These changes mean that printed OS maps will differ slightly as they show the old route. OS mapping data has been updated so electronic versions are up-to-date and changes will be reflected in future editions of printed maps.
Route mapping is available in detail on the following electronic mapping website where you can print sections or download GPS data.
The above mapping services are very good allowing you to choose the level of detail you need to follow the route. If you would rather use OS maps you will need the following sheets:
OS Explorer – Diss & Harleston (230) and Norwich (237)
OS Landranger – Thetford & Diss (144), Saxmundham, Aldeburgh & Southwold (156) and Norwich & Broads (134)
The path involves some short moderately steep climbs (by Norfolk standards) – walkers should be reasonably fit, especially if you are intending to walk long distances and you are unused to doing so.
Parts of the path may be muddy underfoot during or after wet weather. Unfortunately even when
dry a small number of stiles make some parts of the route difficult/impossible for those without the ability to cross them.
Norwich Access Group have completed a project auditing the route for accessibility and have produced a guide for powerchair users. Norwich Access Group Boudicca Way Project and ‘Boudicca Way by Powerchair’ leaflet.
We’ve prepared a guide ‘Planning a Longer Distance Walk’ with useful information and tips to help you plan your walk.
Map reading skills are an invaluable asset for anyone interested in adventuring outdoors, but for most, tends to be one of those things we would like to do but never quite get around to doing! There are some really helpful videos on YouTube, presented by wildlife cameraman, TV presenter and author Simon King OBE, in conjunction with Ordnance Survey.
If you’d like to create a personalised walk map the Sustrans site has a good mapping facility that lets you plot, measure, save and print walks via their website. The site has a number of other walks and cycle routes pre-plotted.