Surlingham pond


Local wildlife!


Surlingham Staithe


River Yare


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 (see links below).

Church Marsh RSPB reserve and the Ferry House pub. 1.5 – 2 miles (click here for map and itinerary).

Rockland St Mary Staithe – Church Marsh RSPB reserve- Ferry House pub – Coldham Hall pub – Ted Ellis nature reserve 7 miles (click here for map and itinerary).

A video about the whole of the Wherryman’s Way including Surlingham about 11 minutes in, can be found at click here

Nature reserves

The Ted Ellis Reserve at Wheatfen. 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 around and events are held in the summer months (click here for website).

Church Marsh RSPB reserve. 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).