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Walk #28: Kings Lynn to Watlington

General Data

Date Walked 24/07/1999
County Norfolk
Start Location Kings Lynn Station
End Location Watlington Station
Start time 08.30
End time 10.50
Distance 7.4 miles
Description This was a pleasant section of road walking, following the River Great Ouse south from Kings Lynn.
Pack Today I carried full Pennine Way kit.
Condition My right shoulder is aching a great deal. I believe that when I washed the rucksack I must have not replaced the strap correctly. To make matters worse, it was also a very hot day. I have no blisters or other injuries.
Weather Today was very hot and sunny. Later in the day it reached 30 degrees Celsius. There was no breeze to cool me down.
OS map Landranger number 132 (North West Norfolk, King's Lynn & Fakenham)

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.


The main aim of this walk was to complete the last section of the Fen Rivers Way northwards into Kings Lynn. On my last walk on this trail I had reached as far as Watlingon, having cut a longer walk short due to some rather pleasant circumstances.

Six miles is not a long walk, but I found that this was quite an enjoyable walk, despite the fact that I followed roads rather than the more obvious route following the river. I also did the route in reverse; all the other walks that I have done along the Fen Rivers Way were completed south to north; I chose to do this walk from north to south.


Turn left out of the station in Kings Lynn and take the A148 southwards out of Kings Lynn for about a mile. When you reach the large roundabout with the A17(T), take the minor road heading southwards past the Stadium.

When you reach another roundabout follow the road to the right. Follow this road as it takes a sharp left and continue until you reach a junction near Saddlebow Bridge. Take a left, heading away from the bridge over the river. When you reach another junction after a short while take a right and head southwards below some power lines.

When you reach another junction to the east of Wiggenhall Bridge, take a right followed immediately by a left to head southwards again. Follow this road southwards for 2 miles until there is a sharp left turn.

Follow this road over the railway level crossing and into the village of Watlington. When you reach another junction, turn right and follow the road for a few hundred yards to Watlington railway station.

It should be said that the route taking the Fen Rivers way along the Great Ouse, a short distance to the west, would be a preferable (if slightly longer) route.


From To Distance (m)Ascent (ft) Descent (ft)
Kings Lynn Station Watlington Station 7.4 33 36

This makes a total distance of 7.4 miles, with 33 feet of ascent and 36 feet of descent.

  Profile of walk #28
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Regular trains services run between Watlington and Kings Lynn.


Please note that I take no responsibility for anything that may happen when following these directions. If you intend to follow this route, then please use the relevant maps and check the route out before you go out. As always when walking, use common sense and you should be fine.

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And finally, enjoy your walking!

This walk was mentioned in the following routes:
A walk around East Anglia

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