The Wherryman’s way long distance footpath passes through Surlingham A series of shorter walks have been devised based on the footpath and two of these are in and around Surlingham.
Church Marsh RSPB reserve and the Ferry House pub. 1.5 – 2 miles (click here for map).
Rockland St Mary Staithe – Church Marsh RSPB reserve- Ferry House pub – Coldham Hall pub – Ted Ellis nature reserve 7 miles (click here for map).
The Ted Ellis nature reserve
The writer and naturalist Ted Ellis lived in a cottage at Wheatfen Broad near Surlingham. He set up his own nature reserve on the 130 acre site comprising woodland, fen and marshland. Wheatfen is now managed as a nature reserve. Visitors are welcome just to walk aroun and events are held in the summer months (click here for website).
This small reserve provides a delightful circular walk around reedbeds, fens and pools. In spring and summer, marsh harriers, kingfishers, water rails, and reed and sedge warblers can be seen. Wetland wild flowers provide a riot of colour. The site floods in winter, attracting bitterns, gadwalls and shovelers (click here for website).
National cycle route 1 passes through Surlingham on the stretch from Norwich to Loddon (click here for website).