The Nelson Way
This 424 mile long distance walk described in detail in both directions encompasses a reminder of Britain's naval heritage and England's finest sailor Horatio Nelson.
It follows a route from Burnham Thorpe in Norfolk (Nelson's birthplace), linking locations associated with Nelson, along coastlines and rivers, across broads, through villages, towns and cities, over heathland, across fields, through forests and over hills. The route is presented in 17 sections, and, within, further shorter sub-sections, which allows the walker to choose a part or direction of the walk. Its 210 pages contain 43 illustrations and 18 maps.
Leaving the Rectory where Nelson was born the route encompasses locations of his childhood on the north Norfolk coast. At North Walsham the route passes Nelson's former school, and then goes on across the Norfolk Broads to Gt Yarmouth, a town Nelson knew well. The route maintains a nautical theme as it goes along the Suffolk coast and into Essex. After crossing Essex it joins the Lea Valley navigation, affording an excellent route towards Greenwich. Much Nelson history is to be seen in Greenwich including The Painted Hall, where Nelson lay in state prior to his funeral. Proceeding on along the south bank of the River Thames the route crosses over the Millennium Bridge and goes up to St Paul's Cathedral, in the crypt lays Nelson. The route passes through Trafalgar Square and leaves London alongside the River Thames. Passing Richmond the route goes on to Kingston. Using the Downs Link it crosses Surrey to Box Hill and Burford Bridge Hotel, a place where Nelson stopped for a while on his last night on English soil before the Battle of Trafalgar.
The walk finishes at HMS Victory (Nelson's flagship at the Battle of Trafalgar) in the Historic Naval Dockyard in Portsmouth.