Leave the car if you can.
Walking to St Benet's Abbey is a real pleasure. There are facilities to leave a car at either Ludham Bridge or Ludham village, and both places are also served by buses.
There are four walks to St Benet’s Abbey outlined here:
• From Ludham Bridge via the river bank permissive path
• From Ludham Bridge via Hall Lane
• From Ludham village via Staithe Road
• From Ludham village via Norwich Road
All the walks are quite short, taking between 30 and 45 minutes to arrive at St Benet's at a leisurely pace. They can all be linked up to make a longer circular walk.
All are outlined in detail in the downloadable document which you might like to print before you set off. Alternatively you can have a quick look at the map while you are en route.
When St Benet's was founded, the river would have been the main highway for arrivals. Today it remains the most attractive way to approach the site. The majority of visitors still come this way.
The main river approaches to St Benet’s Abbey 24 hour moorings are:
• Downstream on the Bure
• Upstream on the Thurne
• Downstream on the Ant
All are outlined in detail on the downloadable document.
There is also easy access to the rivers map here, if you just need a quick look to get your bearings.
Services and links
Information on public transport is outlined here, plus other useful links like cycle hire and taxi services. At the foot of this page you can print more detailed information with the map showing bus stops and walking routes.
Bus routes to Ludham and Ludham Bridge are subject to change so we provide contact information in the PDF. The nearest railway station is Hoveton & Wroxham, 6 miles away. You can arrange cycle hire from the station or take a taxi, or check current bus services from here.
Timetable information: Travel Line East Anglia tel: 0845 602 0121
A rail service runs from Norwich to Sheringham on the Bittern Line including a Sunday service. The closest station to St Benet's is Hoveton & Wroxham (13 minutes from Norwich).
More information and timetables: National Rail Enquiries tel: 08457 484950 or The Bittern Line.
Driving and cycling
The approach roads to St Benet’s Abbey are outlined here, plus information about cycle hire and taxis locally. At the foot of this page you can print more detailed information with the map showing the local area.
Please bear in mind that the lane down to the Abbey is a restricted byway through a working farm. Vehicular access to visit the Abbey is allowed by kind permission of the local farmer. Please drive slowly and beware of potholes and uneven surfaces; and give way to farm traffic.Please only park in the car park near the end of the track, which can accommodate 10 vehicles, plus two spaces for people with disabilities, and cycles.
The main road passing near St Benet’s Abbey is the A1062 which runs between Hoveton and Potter Heigham. You can turn off at two different points:
• 1 LUDHAM BRIDGE TURN
At Ludham Bridge (Johnson Street), turn off the A1062 at the turning signposted Hall Common and follow the road until you reach the next junction. Turn right into Abbey Road, with a sign-post saying Restricted Byway to St Benet’s Abbey. Proceed along this road for almost a mile to the car and cycle park, from where the Abbey site is a short walk away.
• 2 LUDHAM VILLAGE TURN
In Ludham Village opposite the King’s Arms pub, turn off the A1062 taking Staithe Road past Ludham Butcher’s with the church on your right. Continue for half a mile, passing Lovers’ Lane on your right, until you reach a junction with Hall Common Road which has a small grass island. Turn right onto Hall Common Road for about a third of a mile until you reach the St Benet’s Abbey Road junction with a Restricted Byway signpost to St Benet’s Abbey. Proceed along this road for almost a mile to the car and cycle park, from where the Abbey site is a short walk away.