The route takes in quiet lanes and tracks across a landscape of low chalk hills which afford glorious coastal views. This Bircham route is ideal for families.
'Rural Rags, Rural Riches'
The most notable feature of this route, Great Bircham Windmill was built in 1846 by George Humphrey. He remained miller there for eighteen years before leaving 1864. By 1934 the windmill was no longer used and its sails had been removed. In 1980 the mill was purchased by Roger Wagg, great-grandson of Joseph Wagg who was miller from 1883 to 1888. Today the mill is fully restored and open as a tourist attraction, and offers the chance to climb all the way to the top and take in the fantastic views from the fan deck.
The Bircham route passes close to the former site of RAF Bircham Newton and Fring Hall. The churches at Fring, Great Bircham and Bircham Newton are on the route. Conveniently, the circuit also begins at the entrance to the windmill, and its tearoom is a great spot to recharge the batteries after a lap of the route.
(OS Explorer 250)