Ludham Cycling Route: A Short Circular Ride - to How Hill, Potter Heigham and the ruined St. Benet's Abbey.
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A short circular route. 11 miles.
A gentle cycle ride from our Ludham Bridge centre to visit How Hill, Potter Heigham and St. Benets Abbey, but this route does include one hill!
At How Hill there is a nature reserve where you may see a marsh harrier and in the springtime there are usually many swallowtail butterflies. You can also visit Toad Hole Cottage. This is a museum housed in a marshman’s cottage where you will see the tools of his trade and how his family lived in two small rooms.
Potter Heigham is a busy riverside village where the narrow roman bridge is a wonderful viewing place for the varied river traffic. The bridge, with its low headroom for river craft, is renowned as a difficult navigation hazard. There are shops, cafes and a Broads information centre.
At St. Benet’s abbey you will see the ruins of a Benedictine monastery, founded in AD 1020 on land granted by King Cannute. It is the only abbey that was never dissolved by Henry VIII and the Bishop of Norwich is still the Abbot. You will cross the Hundred Dyke as you cycle down the track towards the Abbey. This was the route of the River Ant at the time the abbey was built, when both the Ant and Thurne flowed directly to the North Sea near Winterton.