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 Wherry Lines train begins from the bustling city of Norwich to the popular East Coast resorts of Great Yarmouth and Britain’s most Easterly resort at Lowestoft. Leaving Norwich behind, your train wends along the banks of the river Wensum passing Whittlingham Broad on your right before arriving at the delightful Broadland village of Brundall from where hire boats make be taken to explore the back waters or rural Norfolk and Southern broads.
As your train moves swiftly on, look out of the window of your train and marvel at what the routes offer, access to small delightful Broadland villages in remote Fenland, rich in scenic beauty and wildlife throughout the seasons. Note the many windmills, which frequent this big sky country, while passing through the wild and oft windswept marshes which inspired Charles Dickens.
Alight at one of the small country stations to visit a quaint rural pub, many of which serve some of the best locally produced Real Ale. The lie of the land is littered with far off small hamlets, churches and footpaths all waiting to be explored by alighting from your Wherry Lines train.
Look out for Britain’s most remote railway station at Berney Arms where you can alight (but don’t forget to ask the guard that you want to get off as trains only stop on request) to walk along the Wherryman’s Way, which follows the river Yare East towards Great Yarmouth. With no roads for miles and only accessible on boat or train this is a world away from even the smallest settlement, with no houses, buildings or anything to be seen from the small earth mound in the middle of the Fens.
Rich in abundant wildlife, the Wherry Lines offer access to many RSPB reserves, where you may observe huge numbers of wintering flocks of wetland birds, the redundant and scattered farms now home to a wide variety of Owls, remember to take your binoculars with you to spot the many varieties of wildlife across these wide open marshes.
Robert Stephenson built the Wherry Lines to Great Yarmouth as early as 1845 and Sir Samuel Moreton Peto, the great Victorian Philanthropist, built the lines from Reedham to Lowestoft. His one-time home was Somerleyton Hall a pleasant stroll from Somerleyton station.
The Wherry Lines are home to the greatest number of windmills within such a small area and also to two famous working railway swingbridges at Reedham and Somerleyton.
The Wherry Lines are great for children and families as there are many coastal attractions at Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft with plenty of accommodation to suit all pockets, Along the route at Reedham there is a small brewery and Petitts Animal Farm, at Brundall day boats may be hired or even cruising boats for that longer exploration of the Broads and rivers.
Each station on the route is the starting point for many an adventurous walk which can lead you into the world of bogs and fens, remote and less visited places, hamlets, churches and wildlife in abundance- take the time to take the train and enjoy a day on your Wherry Lines train.
Lowestoft one of the two terminals on the Wherry Lines is Britain’s most Easterly station so here is where you really will see the sun rise first.