This is a pleasant two and a half mile walk around country lanes and tracks with extensive views of the Wensum valley. You may encounter livestock along the route.
1. Park at the Swan village pub, usually ample parking space. Walk into Ringland with the Swan pub on your left. Continue along this road passing the Green with its village sign on the right hand side. The 15th century Church of St Peter’s comes into view ahead. The Church is worth a visit – the rich groining of the timber roof is said to be some of the finest in East Anglia.
2. Turn right in front of the Church. And follow the road passing the, now converted, Old Laundry build in 1887 and the Reading Room on the left. This former Methodist Chapel, built in 1852, is now used as the Ringland village Hall.
3. Shortly after, turn right along a wide track between fields and open space. Continue uphill along the track passing woods on the left. At the top of Royal Hill enjoy the views of the Wensum Valley and then, ignoring a pubic footpath sign directing you to the right (unless you prefer a shorter walk back to the Swan) continue straight ahead towards a house, Low Farm.
4. Further along the track, with the house on your left, go through a chain gate and into a meadow. Turn right here, keeping close to the right hand hedge. Pass through another chain gate onto a grassy lane, passing a grove of poplars on your right. To the left on the low lying water meadows, swans and wild duck can be seen feeding beside the river.
5. Continue along this lane that runs alongside a tributary of the river Wensum. Further along the path you will pass Glebe Farm on the left. Follow the track now back into the village green where the village sign is. At the road turn left and walk back towards the Swan pub which is a short distance away.