A Question of Length

From time to time the question comes up: what is the total length of Beachamwell’s footpaths and bridleways etc? Online mapping tools now make it easy to answer this kind of question, and so here is a list:

Footpath, Bridleway etcKilometres
BR12.2
BR21.8
BR33.1
FP41.6
RB54.0
FP61.25
FP70.675
FP80.925
BR91.5
FP101.4
BR111.7
FP120.980
FP130.620
FP141.0
FP150.280
BR160.400
FP170.630
BR180.850
RB190.400
BR19a1.1
FP211.1
BR221.25
FP230.200
BR241.0
Green Drove*1.6
Total31.56

Would it be possible to walk all the rights of way in a single day? 31.5 kilometres (20 miles) in a day is clearly feasible but in reality the exercise will exceed this distance. Paths don’t follow each other in a consecutive route. There are linking sections of road, and paths would  also need to be re-traced on occasion. And so the question now is: what would be the shortest itinerary that would include every part of the Beachamwell rights of way network?

That’s a question that will take a bit more working out I think. Let me know if you have an answer.


* Norfolk County Council Highways Department allocates Green Drove to Barton Bendish. In fact it follows the boundary line between the two parishes. However I have no hesitation in claiming it as part of the Beachamwell network, since it is actually closer to Beachamwell and I am sure it is walked more by Beachamwell residents and visitors. And as a clincher the local Beachamwell farmer helps to keep it clear of scrub (and much appreciated)!

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