Diss is situated within the Waveney Valley on the Norfolk/Suffolk border, surrounded by beautiful scenery and peaceful woodland. We are spoilt for choice with walks in the area. Whether you fancy a 10 minute Sunday afternoon stroll around Diss or want to tackle the 93 mile long Angles Way, the choice is yours! Either way, there are lots of local walks to enjoy in the area! So, let’s get walking!
Come and enjoy the Frenze Beck country wildlife reserve!
It is located adjacent to the Frenze Beck (an important tributary of the River Waveney) and can be accessed from Sawmills Road, opposite the Animal Feed shop in Diss.
Many species of mammals, birds, butterflies, bats and insects have been recorded here in the last year or so.
Walk around the site on the newly formed footpaths and see what has been achieved by a very dedicated team of volunteers of our Trust. The site is owned by South Norfolk DC and we are enhancing and maintaining the site on behalf of SNDC, working to a 10 year Plan produced by an appointed ecologist.
If you are impressed with what you see, and can enjoy on your doorstop, you may wish to join the Trust and become a volunteer. Or you may just wish to enjoy this wildlife site and bring the family, including the dog !
The RWT Frenze Beck Team
DISS CIRCULAR WALK
The Diss Circular Walk is 5.5 miles long although the walk can be broken down into shorter walks of 2.5 miles upwards. The main route is signposted with ‘Diss Circular Walks’ waymarks. Starting at the Mere’s Mouth, the trail then takes you up to Roydon, across to Fair Green and up to Palgrave before returning back to Diss. The paths are mostly level and there are no stiles or other obstacles to negotiate! It’s a great way to explore the various sights of Diss and its surrounding villages.
For more information on the Diss Town Circular walk and to see other local walks in the area, please click here.
If you’d like to pick up a leaflet containing a map of the walk, please visit the Visitor Information Point at The Corn Hall on St Nicholas Street. Monday-Saturday 10am-4pm.
THE ANGLES WAY
The Angles Way is a 93 mile walk along the Waveney path from Norfolk Broads to Suffolk Brecklands, passing through unspoilt countryside with some outstanding panoramic views. The trail follows the River Waveney for much of its journey, taking in picturesque market towns along the way. Whether you are looking to tackle the whole 93 miles, a 5 minute stroll or one of the many short circular loops, there’s something for everyone.
For more information, please click here. To pick up a leaflet containing further details, please visit the Visitor Information Point at The Corn Hall. (Open Monday-Saturday 10am-4pm)
Quaker Wood is a 5.5 acre site with woodland, open spaces, wildflower meadow, pond and natural areas. It is open every day and managed by Diss Community Woodland Project, a local volunteer group without any regular public funding.
The area is managed by the volunteers for the quiet enjoyment of the local community and for the benefit of the varied wildlife. Throughout the year, the volunteers organise a variety of activities and events for all ages to invite the public to come and celebrate the beauty of Quaker Wood.
You can find Quaker Wood on Factory Lane, between Diss and Roydon, to the rear of Diss Football Ground.
For more information, please click here to visit the website.
Wortham Ling is an area of heathland in the Waveney Valley. It is very popular with local people and is managed as a nature reserve by Suffolk Wildlife Trust. The Ling is at its most colourful in August when the Heather is in bloom but Green Woodpeckers can be seen feeding on anthills at any time of the year. Close to the Ling is the enormous circular tower of Wortham Church, the largest in Suffolk with a circumference of 91 feet. A nice asset to explore on your walk!
The large open space at Wortham Ling means it is a very popular dog walking site where locals and visitors can come and let their furry friends off the lead to explore and enjoy the area!
For more information on walks at Wortham Ling and other walks in the area, please click here.
Roydon Fen is one of a series of important fen nature reserves along the headwaters of the Waveney and Little Ouse. A long wooden boardwalk leads through a variety of wetland habitats including fen meadow, sedge fen and alder woodland. It also features a lovely large wooden viewing platform in the centre of the Fen, where visitors can look out for wildlife and admire the beautiful scenery.
An information board is placed at the entrance to the Fen where more details of the local wildlife can be found.
For more information, please click here.
KNETTISHALL HEATH COUNTRY PARK
Knettishall Heath Country Park offers acres of heathland and woodland for you to explore with lots of wildlife and beautiful scenery to take in along the way.
The easy access trail follows a lovely route beside the Little Ouse River and there are a number of signed paths around the park to discover. Look out for Hut Hill, a 4000 year old Bronze Age round barrow burial mount, and learn about Warrens, the now almost forgotten industry of rabbit grazing. There are also a variety of other trails to follow for long or short distances, all of which are signposted.
Facilities onsite include: Parking, toilets, picnic area, play area and an ice cream van in summer months/school holidays.
Directions: The country park is signposted from the A1066, 6 miles east of Thetford, from the B1088 in Euston and from the B1111 in Barningham. For Sat Nav users, the postcode required is IP22 2TQ.
REDGRAVE & LOPHAM FEN
Redgrave and Lopham Fen is the largest valley fen in England and one of the most important Wetlands in Europe. This special place supports a diverse range of plants and animals. Whether you’re a wildlife enthusiast or just keen to get outside, there is always something to enjoy here. As soon as you step out onto the fen, you will experience the peace and tranquility of this wild open landscape.
With over 270 plant species, Redgrave and Lopham Fen boasts a diversity of plant life to satisfy the keenest of botanists! Those interested in birds will not be disappointed either. In the Summer, you can see hobbies skimming the pools to catch dragonflies and in the evenings, you may be rewarded with the view of a hunting barn owl. In 1956, the Fen was the first place that the Fen Raft Spider was found in Britain and is still only found in a handful of places. On a still warm day, watch from the edge of a pool to try and catch a glimpse.
You can explore the Fen by following a variety of different walking trails. These are available to pick up on entrance to the Fen or can be downloaded online. To view more information about the walks, please click here.
Redgrave & Lopham Fen is signposted from the A1066, between Thetford and Diss. The trails are open every day from dawn to dusk.
Facilities include: Free parking onsite, toilets, over 16km of trails, Family activities and events, School visits led by the Education Officer, Dogs on leads welcome.
Thornham Walks offers 12 miles of waymarked footpaths, taking you through the beautiful North Suffolk parkland, farmland and woodland.
Facilities include: Children’s play area, picnic tables, The Forge Cafe, The Coach House Restaurant, Eco friendly toilets, a Victorian Walled Garden, a bird hide and a memory wood. The memory wood is a dedicated woodland area with trees planted by those who have lost their loved ones. This is a very special feature and provides great comfort for visitors.
Opening hours: Open daily from 9am-6pm (April-Oct) and 9am-4pm (Nov-March).
Parking: Charges for the day cost £2 (Mon-Fri) & £3 Sat-Sun. All income goes to the management of Thornham Walks.
For more information and to keep up to date with activities and events taking place at Thornham Walks, click here. To download information on walking at Thornham Walks with walking directions included, please click here.
If you’d like to pick up a leaflet on Thornham Walks, please visit the Visitor Information Point at The Corn Hall. (Open Monday-Saturday 10am-4pm)
SCOLE POCKET PARK
Scole Pocket Park is located along the River Waveney off the A143 Scole/Stuston roundabout. Here you can enjoy a peaceful, quiet area made up of picnic benches, a giant wooden sculpted dragon, walking trails, fishing platforms, the River Waveney and a useful information board. The park has recently been renovated by local volunteers who decided to give the area a positive boost by planting trees, bird boxes and tidying the woodland. A lovely walking trail has now been created which runs alongside the River Waveney and benches have been placed for visitors to sit back and relax while watching over the River. If you’re lucky, you may even catch a glimpse of the lovely Kingfishers who often visit the area.
The volunteers have done a fantastic job and this lovely little park is now a popular spot for wildlife watchers, walkers and families stopping here for a picnic!