The Norfolk Trails network brings together over 1,200 miles of walks, cycle and bridle routes throughout the county. These include not only well-known long distance routes, for example Peddars Way, the Norfolk Coast Path, Weavers Way and several others, but also short and circular walks.
Working in partnership with Breaking New Ground, Norfolk Trails has now launched 15 routes exploring the heritage and natural history of the Brecks. One of these routes – The Warren Trail – follows a circular route of 4.5 miles around Beachamwell and the site of the ancient rabbit warren here.
An interpretation board has been installed at Beachamwell Village Hall (where parking is also available) giving information about the history of Beachamwell Warren and also wildlife to look out for, including some scarcer species of butterfly and an impressive range of birds of prey.
The Trail has been well signed throughout with the additional benefit of improving signs to other rights of way which join the Warren Trail route, for example as seen below at the crossing junction of Restricted Bridleway 5 (part of the Warren Trail) and Bridleway 3 at Lodge Farm:
A network of walks, cycle and bridle routes managed by Norfolk County Council
Breaking New Ground
The Breaking New Ground Landscape Partnership was a £2.2m project, largely funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, to explore, discover and celebrate the unique landscape of the Brecks. Although the project ended in June 2017, their website continues to provide a useful archive of their publications and achievements
The results of fieldwork and archival research by the Breckland Society as published in their excellent survey The Warrens of Breckland (2010). The report noted:
"... surprisingly, considering the dominance of the rabbit in Breckland’s economy for so many centuries, there has hitherto been no definitive study of the history of warrening in the Brecks, nor, indeed, any assessment that draws together the archaeological and archival evidence for the establishment and management of warrens"
The full report, covering all of the Breckland warrens, can be dowloaded here