U – Upton dyke

By webchoiceadmin On April 24, 2014 · Add Comment · U – Upton dyke

This was a new experience for Barn & Beach, one of the great features of doing the A to Z challenge has been looking for new places to visit, walk, enjoy and share.

Upton dyke to the south of Barn & Beach near Acle in Broadland, difficult to find but pretty as a picture. You park in the Norfolk Wildlife Trust about a mile from the village of Upton along narrow lanes, high hedges & windmills you find this most unassuming place.

Welcome
Welcome

A bit Huckleberry Fin? There are boardwalks and you don’t really sense the danger just the peace quiet and solitude of a remote wetland, there is a true wildness to the place, it supports some of the rarest wildlife, swallowtail butterflies, dragonflies, water voles & otters, we didn’t see any of these but did see a clutch of Lapwings and some fairly unusual/unidentified plants Mystery Plant

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The overall walk may have been a three/four mile circular and takes in some great vantage points of the boats sailing on the Bure.

Sailing
Sailing

 A picnic lunch on the dyke overlooking the river, you can watch an array of boats cruising along at a steady speed limit of 6MPH.

Dredger
Dredger

Following the way marker signs you quickly drop below water level again and can only glimpse the tops of the tallest boats, however, the excitement rose when swallows sped into view “one swallow doesn’t make a summer” but there were three, these fantastic birds were flying around the feet of elephants a few weeks ago!

Upton Broad
Upton Broad

 

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