The Norwich Society

Explore Norwich Walking Trails

The City Walls Walks

Category: Walking Trails

Explore Norwich’s medieval defences and discover other medieval treasures along the way with these 5 trails.

Each trail takes about 60 to 90 minutes to complete and takes you from a central point at The Forum to a section of the medieval walls, passing significant medieval sites along the way. You can join trails together to form a longer walk. You can also walk the whole circumference of the walls but be warned that this will involve some busy roads.

Work started on the walls in 1294 and they were completed in the mid-14th century. They formed the longest circuit of urban defences in Britain, eclipsing even those of London. Today only fragments remain but, using these walking trails, you will discover that much of Norwich’s medieval past is still visible.

Norwich’s walls were made of flint, the local building material, with brick and stone reinforcements. The walls loomed some seven meters high and had a deep outer ditch making the walls even more impressive from the outside. Twelve gates and 40 towers controlled the main thoroughfares into Norwich, as well as the pair of Boom Towers on the river controlling access by water. The gates were demolished in the late C18th early C19th to make way for increasing road traffic.

Each walk can be downloaded as a PDF to print at home, or as a mobile-friendly version via the links below.

Medieval Walls Map

An overview map of all the trail routes.

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Cathedral Precincts

This walk takes you through the historic Norwich Cathedral Close and along the river, which acted as part of Norwich’s defences.

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Cathedral Precincts

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Norwich Over The Water

This route takes you down the historic and much filmed Elm Hill, along the river to Norwich Over the Water, historically a centre for industry.

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Norwich Over The Water

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The Pleasure Gardens

This walk takes you to sections of the city wall between the end of Ber Street and the river that formed part of Norwich’s famous pleasure gardens in the 18th century.

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The Pleasure Gardens

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Industrial Norwich

This routes takes you through the city's industrial past, including mills and dyers’ yards, and river traffic transporting goods into and out of Norwich.

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Industrial Norwich

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Norwich Riverside

This walk takes you along the section of the River Wensum that formed part of Norwich’s defences and down historic King Street, the oldest and longest thoroughfare in Norwich and home of the wealthiest medieval merchant families.

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Norwich Riverside

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