Walk #3: Littleport to Downham Market
Map of the walk
Maps courtesy of Google Maps. Route for indicative purposes only, and may have been plotted after the walk. Please let me have comments on what you think of this new format. For a detailed table of timings for this walk, please see the table file.
This was part of my back-to-fitness campaign. So far the longest walk that I had done since my operation seven months before was about twelve miles; I wanted to do more easy walks before tackling anything more strenuous. Looking at the map, what could be easier than a stroll along the banks of the River Great Ouse northwards? I had walked the stretch north from Waterbeach to Ely on many occasions, and the stretch between Ely and Littleport twice. A few more days of walking would get me to the sea at Kings Lynn.
It mostly follows the banking at the eastern side of the river, which can be a little overgrown in summer. The exception is a three mile stretch between Ten Mile Bank and Denver Sluice, where a road is followed along the base of the bank.
For more details on this walk, see my pages on the Fen Rivers Way.
This makes a total distance of 14.0 miles, with 180 feet of ascent and 171 feet of descent.
There are regular train services between Downham Market and Littleport, which run on the electrified Kings Lynn to Cambridge and London Liverpool Street railway line.
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And finally, enjoy your walking!
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