Plan your trip
Take the train from London Liverpool Street to Norwich. Trains are frequent and take approximately 1 hour 50 minutes. Look up times.
Your adventure along the Bittern Line starts at the bustling city of Norwich and carries on to the traditional seaside resorts of Cromer and Sheringham. Leaving Norwich behind, your train heads north through the delightful Norfolk Broads towns of Hoveton & Wroxham, Worstead and North Walsham.
The skyline of Norwich is dominated by the magnificent Norman Cathedral and Castle Keep. Today, this thriving city is the commercial and cultural centre of Norfolk featuring an array of museums, theatres, cinemas, music venues and The Forum, home to the city Library. Major shopping areas within the city centre include Castle Mall and Chapelfield, linked together through the city by numerous department stores, national retailers, independent shops and the famous market. The historic halls of St Andrews and Blackfriars once housed the Royal Mint and Elm Hill provides a fascinating cobbled lane with buildings dating back to the Tudor period. A short walk from Norwich Station is Carrow Road, home of Norwich City Football Club. It is said that Norwich once had a church for every week of the year and a pub for every day of the week, so leave plenty of time for a visit!
A pleasant two mile walk from the tranquil village of Salhouse leads to Salhouse Broad and just like the village, is more peaceful than most of the other broads.
HOVETON & WROXHAM
The villages of Hoveton and Wroxham are the busiest locations within the Broads National Park, with a host of family attractions within easy reach of the station. Water based activities including boat hire and boat trips are readily available and the village centre features a unique shopping experience. Linked by a pathway next to the recently restored signal box, the narrow gauge Bure Valley Railway takes visitors through nine miles of glorious Norfolk Countryside via Brampton, Buxton and Coltishall to the historic market town of Aylsham.
A short walk from the station leads to the village which is dominated by the magnificent Church of St Mary. The World famous Worsted Cloth was developed in the village and Georgian and Jacobean buildings border the village square. The two-day Worstead Festival, one of the largest country fairs in the region, takes place during July.
North Walsham town centre is dominated by the partially ruined tower of St Nicholas Parish Church. A busy market town, English Naval hero Horatio Nelson was educated at Paston Grammar School (now Paston College). The Norfolk Motorbike Museum is adjacent to the station.
Gunton Station serves the villages of Thorpe Market and South Repps. Just a few minutes walk from the station can be found the Church of St Margaret of Antioch, reputed to be a favourite of the late Sir John Betjeman.
Roughton Road Station is a halt located on the outskirts of Cromer. Being built in 1985, it is the newest on the line and located close to now disused Cromer Tunnel, reputed to be the only railway tunnel in Norfolk. The National Trust property, Felbrigg Hall is a 2.2 mile walk from the station.
Cromer is one of the oldest and most famous seaside resorts in the UK. Built high on the cliff the town overlooks Cromer Pier, home of the popular summer variety show, traditional family amusements and the lifeboat visitor centre. The town centre features a cinema, national retailers and independent shops, along with a host of eateries in which you can sample a delicious Cromer Crab. The tower of the Church of St Peter and St Paul is the tallest in Norfolk and often opens to the public, providing panoramic views of the town and coast.
The Norfolk landscape is thought to be rather flat, however some of the highest hills in the county can be found at West Runton, affording a great view of both land and sea.
Once a small fishing village, Sheringham has grown to become one of the most popular towns on the entire Norfolk Coast. In the centre of town you’ll find a unique mix of shops as well as the popular Sheringham Little Theatre, which provides a year round programme of shows and films. Above the town, delightful woodland walks lead to Pretty Corner and the National Trust operated Sheringham Park. The terminus of the Bittern Line at Sheringham is just across the road from the original Sheringham Station and no visit to the area would be complete without a trip on the superbly restored North Norfolk Railway from the town via Weybourne to Holt. Featuring a variety of steam and diesel powered services, the railway also known as the Poppy Line, houses a host of exhibits and information from the former Midland & Great Northern Joint Railway. From Sheringham, the Coasthopper Bus runs around the Norfolk coast to Hunstanton, allowing the opportunity to enjoy even more places of interest including Holkham Hall, Wells Harbour, Cley and Blakeney.