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TM152917 (1*) Irish Bridge
Sent in by Alan Jones (Image 1: 28/04/2003) and Steve Nash (Image 2: 10/10/2009)

'Ford that runs dry with no rain.'

TM005945 (1*) Irish Bridge
Sent in by Alan Jones (04/04/2005)

'Suitable for all vehicles. Will only flood the roadway after very heavy rain.'

Audley End
TM140828 (1*) Irish Bridge
Sent in by Graham Hardy (04/07/2005)

'There's nothing worth photographing beyond the sign except a 'Try your Brakes' sign! Just a slight indentation in the road just before the bend to the left. If you turned around you'd see a level crossing....'

TG041254 (1*) Irish Bridge
Sent in by Graham Hardy (14/02/2006)

"North-east of Foulsham is an irish bridge at the start of the RUPP between Bates Moor and Keeling Hall Farms."

TF980401 (1*) Suitable for All
Sent in by Graham Hardy (30/05/2005)

Blo Norton
TM012791 (1*) Irish Bridge
Sent in by Michael Roots (17/09/2004)

'This Irish Bridge is on the county boundary with Suffolk. Fully signposted as a ford, it is extremely rare for it to have water in it, but I have seen a video clip showing it with about a foot of water! '

Bradenham (x2!)

TF921090 (1*) Irish Bridge
TF920090 (1*) Irish Bridge
Sent in by Graham Hardy (04/08/2005)

'A double ford. Image 1 shows the eastern ford. On the left can be seen the western ford. image 2 shows the western ford in more detail with its ajoining footbridge. The roads join just north of the fords and then divide again; Ford/TYB signs on all four approaches.'

Brancaster Tidal Road
TF770444 (2*) Tidal
Sent in by Richard Bullock, Graham hardy (Image 1: 18/02/2006) and Edward Couzens-Lake (Images 2 & 3: 02/07/2007)

'It doesn't normally flood under a neap tide, but will at high tide at other times. Visitors to the beach and golf club must use the raised footpath alongside the road when it does flood.'

Broadmeadow Common
TF824157 (1*) Off-Roaders Only!
Sent in by Graham Hardy (18/02/2006)

'On Sandy Lane, a muddy byway to the west of Castle Acre; water enters through the bank on the left and exits via a pipe to the right.'

TM212796 (1*) Suitable for All
Sent in by Michael Roots (18/08/2004)

'The ford is on the westerly branch of the two roads that join what was the old A143 in Brockdish.'

Brocks Watering
TM145927 (1*) Suitable for All
Sent in by Alan Jones (28/04/2003)

'Water splash with foot bridge'

TM123930 (1*) Suitable for All
Sent in by Alan Jones (28/04/2003)

'Water splash with foot bridge'

Burnham Market
TF833421 (2*) Tidal
Sent in by Graham Hardy (30/05/2005)

An exceptionally unusual tidal ford which you will be very fortunate to see in its full glory (northerly winds and a spring tide). 'Unfortunately there were neither north winds nor a Spring tide when I visited (on a busy Bank Holiday Monday).

Goose Beck 'flows' out from the grounds of Westgate Church the proceeds to cross roads on the Village Green / Market place three times:
Image 1 shows the 1st crossing from under the clapper bridge.
Image 2 shows the 2nd.
Images 3 and 4 show the final longer stretch which cuts diagonally across the B1155.

Finally, photographic evidence that this does got water in it (Images 5 and 6 sent in by ML: 25/03/2013)

Bushy Common
TF948132 (1*) Suitable for All
Sent in by Alan Jones (31/03/2003)

'Water splash, drain under road with footbridge, it hasn't rained for a while, so it was pretty dry!'

TG181309 (1*) Irish Bridge
Sent in by Alan Jones (15/04/2003)

Castle Acre
TF815145 (4*) Off-Roaders Only!
Sent in by Deano (18/05/2014)

'Concrete and pebble base, eroded at one side. About 18" deep.'

PLEASE NOTE: The RUPP which previously existed up the river is no longer in existance. Please do not drive up or down the riverbed.

Colegate End
TM193882 (1*) Suitable for All
Sent in by Graham Hardy (29/09/2005)

'Watersplash on Harry's Lane just east of the A140. Signs, footbridge and 3 ft wooden depthgauge'

TG099311 (1*) Irish Bridge
Sent in by Alan Jones (19/04/2004)

'About 1 mile NW of Corpusty village green. An Irish bridge water splash.'

Craymere Beck
TG059307 (2*) Suitable for All
Sent in by Alan Jones (20/01/2003)

Darrow Green
TM255888 (1*) Irish Bridge
Sent in by Graham Hardy (18/09/2005)

'An Irish bridge on Broad Road just south of its junction with Wash Lane. Little evidence for its existence can be seen from the road except for a pairing of Ford/TYB signs. Beneath the road three 18 inch pipes can be found. Another ford is marked 1 km further east on OS 1:25000 but is no longer in use or accessible (except by cows).'

TM134805 (2*) Off-Roaders Only!
Sent in by Graham Hardy (26/10/2005)

'It's on a RUPP near Frenze Hall and looked at least a foot deep. Access to the lane is blocked from the West.'

Earsham Mill
TM326888 (1*) Irish Bridge
Sent in by Graham Hardy (19/05/2005)

'An Irish Bridge with an adjoining footbridge.'

East Bilney
TF957192 (2*) Suitable for All
Sent in by Alan Jones (14/04/2003)

'½m S of old church, East of village, down track - Folly Lane. Suitable for light vehicles, access down track may be difficult when wet'

Fiddlers Hill
TF961411 (1*) Irish Bridge
Sent in by Graham Hardy (30/05/2005)

Forncett St Peter
TM162924 (1*) Irish Bridge
Sent in by Alan Jones (28/04/2003)

'Can get deep after heavy rain'

TF727355 (2*) Suitable for All
Sent in by Christine Coneley (26/06/2003)

'A small ford, suitable for all.'

Garvestone (x2!)

TG026079 (1*) Irish Bridge
TG024080 (1*) Irish Bridge
Sent in by Alan Jones (29/01/2003)

'A couple of part-time watersplashes suitable for all vehicles.'

TM146855 (1*) Suitable for All
Sent in by Alan Jones (28/04/2003)

'Compact ford with foot bridge'

TG045415 (4*) Off-Roaders Only!
Sent in by Alan Jones (20/01/2003)

'Land Rover only, opposite picturesque mill!'

Gowers Farm
TM142913 (1*) Suitable for All
Sent in by Alan Jones (Image 1: 28/04/2003) and Steve Nash (Image 2: 10/10/2009)

'Compact ford with foot bridge'

Great Walsingham
TF941377 (3*) Suitable for All
Sent in by Kevin Miller (31/05/2004)

TF966162 (1*) Off-Roaders Only!
Sent in by Alan Jones (14/04/2003)

'¼m South of village green, down No Through Road. 2 - Deep, muddy banks, Land Rover only! (the ford to nowhere, not been used for many years, very over-grown, I've not driven through it yet, need back-up in case I got stuck!)'

TM174964 (1*) Suitable for All
Sent in by Alan Jones (20/01/2003)

'Water splash suitable for light vehicles.'

TM243943 (1*) Irish Bridge
Sent in by Alan Jones (28/04/2003) and Michael Roots (13/08/2004)

'Part-time drainage ditch'

TF833009 (3*) Off-Roaders Only!
Sent in by Christine Coneley (26/06/2003)

'This is decent crossing down a small country lane. Easy to visit from the main road if you’re passing. It has a gravel bottom which does cause some loss of traction and has fairly steep banks on the entry and exit. This would certainly make crossing it by normal car difficult. In dry weather the water is about 10” deep but looking at the evidence, probably gets significantly deeper during very heavy rain - possibly up to a meter. Users should be mindful of causing damage to the banks making crossing harder for others.' Chris Jerman

Holme Hale
TF878075 (1*) Irish Bridge
Sent in by Graham Hardy (04/08/2005)

'An Irish bridge a mile west of Holme Hale on Brown's Lane and appears newly concreted.'

Horsham St Faith
TG220156 (3*) Off-Roaders Only!
Sent in by Alan Jones (20/01/2003)

'Land Rover only, quite deep at times.'

Houghton St Giles (x3!)

TF927358 (2*) Off-Roaders Only!
TF923355 (2*) Suitable for All
TF921352 (3*) Suitable for All
Sent in by Alan Jones (14/12/2003)

'The first is at the northern end of a short green lane off the B1105, 1/2 mile north of village. Seems well used but only for 4X4 vehicles, maybe OK for cars in the summer. Not sure about the vehicular rights on this lane. There is a proper footbridge with depth gauge suggesting that it is a right of way. Pictures from west & east sides (Images 1 and 2).

Thought you might like to know that having done some laning on Boxing Day, the current status of the lane to this ford is an ORPA (Other Road with Public Access). It is currently driveable but suggest that due to visibility issues exiting the lane onto the metalled road, it is only driven from the B1105 end. We found the best way to enjoy all three fords is to approach from Walsingham on B1105, go into Houghton St Giles and turn right past the church and through TF921352. Turn right and right again through TF923355, left onto B1105 and left down ORPA at TF927357. Dean Hendricks

Next is the ford at the top of the village, turn left just past the church when going north off the B1105. Good ford with footbridge. Not suitable for cars with low air intake or when river is in flood, depth about 12".

Finally is the ford in the centre of the village, again just off the B1105. A good ford with footbridge, again about 12" deep and suitable for cars with high air intake.'

'TF923355 and TF921352 both have new depth guages (2 years ago) and new sign plates Caution Deep Water and Unsuitable for motors. Both fords still seem suitable as long as not in flood.' Paul Marlow

TG270008 (1*) Suitable for All
Sent in by Alan Jones (14/04/2003)

'1m North of Howe on Howe Lane towards Poringland, 1m West of B1332. Just a water splash with foot bridge'

Hunworth (x4!)

TG073351 (1*) Suitable for All
TG074351 (1*) Suitable for All
TG067354 (3*) Suitable for All
TG061363 (3*) Suitable for All
Sent in by Alan Jones (03/03/2003)

'There are 4 accessible fords, the 5th, closest to the church is down a gated track to a cottage, private drive? Strange, as this is marked on some maps as a Ford.

TG073351: ¼m SE of village green on road to Edgefield. Suitable for light vehicles (Image 1).

TG074351: On same road as for A but 200 yards further on. Suitable for light vehicles (Image 2)

TG067355: ¼m North West of village green, track to Hunworth Common. Suitable for light vehicles, approach from south, track is steep in places (Image 3).

TG061363: 1½m NW of village at Beck Farm. Suitable for light vehicles, caution ford on blind bend! (Image 4)

TG198041 (1*) Irish Bridge
Sent in by Alan Jones (20/01/2003)

'Water splash, only after very heavy rain, suitable for light vehicles.'

Ivy Todd
TF897097 (1*) Irish Bridge
Sent in by Graham Hardy (04/08/2005)

'It is on an ORPA up a hill north of Ivy Todd which is a mile and a half west of Bradenham.'

Little Thornage
TG061383 (3*) Suitable for All
Sent in by Alan Jones (20/01/2003)

'Suitable for light vehicles'

Longford Bridge
TM355921 (1*) Off-Roaders Only!
Sent in by Graham Hardy (16/06/2005)

'It's on what was the A143 Bury St. Edmunds to Great Yarmouth road just west of Ellingham. It is very overgrown but just grass and nettles; nothing that a strimmer couldn't deal with. It doesn't look quite as overgrown in real life. Hard to assess the depth in the middle but you can see the bottom! Entry and exit to the water look fairly shallow. It will need someone with 4wd to assess whether this ford is still viable.' 'The banks are quite soft but the bottom is cobbles, only a couple of inches deep, no longer over grown, done it with ease in my discovery with mud tyres, still off roaders only.' Mark Dolton

Lower East Carleton
TG190035 (1*) Irish Bridge
Sent in by Alan Jones (20/01/2003)

'Water splash, only after heavy rain, suitable for light vehicles.'

Needham Mill
TM229812 (1*) Irish Bridge
Sent in by Graham Hardy (04/07/2005)

'Irish bridge just inside Norfolk-Suffolk border'

North Barsham
TF915347 (3*) Off-Roaders Only!
Sent in by Mike Hastings (30/11/2003) and Alan Jones (15/12/2003)

'This ford is at the western end of an east/west track running from the B1105 to the village of North Barsham, complete with footbridge & depth gauge.'

'Having driven this in May 2012 I would advise only driving this lane downhill (E to W) from the Houghton/East Barsham road due to visibility issues and the amount of surface water running in the quite deep ruts. Exiting the other end is via a hard track which is far better onto a back road. If the lane gets too cut up by vehicles then it’ll be another closure for sure!' Dean Hendricks

Northwold (x2!)

TL758970 (3*) Suitable for All
TL754972 (3*) Suitable for All
Sent in by Graham Hardy (04/08/2005)

'Image 1 shows the first ford which is clear-flowing with a pebbly base and less than 6 inches deep (Image 1). Track soon narrows north of the ford.

Second is further east and on a RUPP (Image 2). It also has a pebbly base, but is wider (at least 40 feet) and deeper (a tad over 6 inches). but is still suitable for all with care. However, you may have to return through it as the track is gated further north.'

TF964133 (2*) Suitable for All
Sent in by Alan Jones (14/04/2003)

'On Podmore Lane, ½m N of A47, but no access. Suitable for light vehicles, bench provided to watch the action! NB: the other ford shown on some maps has indeed been culverted'

Pottergate Street
TM155918 (1*) Irish Bridge
Sent in by Alan Jones (28/04/2003)

'Part-time water splash'

Road Green
TM259939 (1*) Irish Bridge
Sent in by Alan Jones (28/04/2003)

'Part-time water splash, overflow from village pond!'

Saxlingham Nethergate
TM241975 (1*) Irish Bridge
Sent in by Graham Hardy (28/06/2005)

'A small Irish Bridge'

Shelfanger (x2!)

TM108835 (1*) Suitable for All
TM107835 (1*) Suitable for All
Sent in by Alan Jones (28/04/2003)

'Both part-time watersplashes, the second is on a road junction and takes overflow from village pond'

Shelfanger Grove
TM119836 (1*) Irish Bridge
Sent in by Graham Hardy (31/07/2005)

'A mile East of Shelfanger on Heywood Road near Shelfanger Grove, complete with footbridge and Ford/TYB signs.'

TM220907 (1*) Irish Bridge
Sent in by Graham Hardy (18/09/2005)

'An irish bridge with signs, gauge and footbridge.'

TF892302 (5*) Off-Roaders Only!
Sent in by Alan Cook and Chris Marsh (14/04/2003)

'Providing that you stay to the right of the post with reference to this view, the ford is a maximum of 8 inches deep. However, to the left of the post, the ford is about 4 feet deep at its maximum. We saw a land rover with snorkel exhaust and cardboard radiator protector drive successfully through the deep part. There is also a very pleasent pub adjacent to the ford!'

Detailed info and Image 3 from Kay Rouse (23/09/2009) 'There are signs on both sides of the A148 ‘Sculthorpe Mill – Unbridged ford’ initially a bit deceptive in summer shrubbery as the Mill and ford are to the south side of the road away from Sculthorpe village (so this is our north to south crossing) As you turn into the good tarmac access road you see a dead end sign – ignore this, it’s a particularly big fib.

18th century Sculthorpe Mill was obviously once huge and busy but is now a rather nice pub and hotel – Green King, lunches & evening meals: There’s a large car park to your right and outside the pub a very convenient (or embarrassing?) viewing terrace/bridge beyond overlooking the ford.

Entrance to the ford is to the left beyond Mill Ford House - nice lady very apologetic about car parked adjacent and offered excellent crossing advice: DO NOT aim straight for the exit slope diagonally but cross immediately ahead then turn sharp right, hugging the opposite river bank before turning left onto exit ramp. There is a deep hole made by the grain wagons and since scoured further by the river in the centre on the direct line across – this claims at least a couple of cars a year, much to the amusement of the pub terrace audience…

Gravelly mud ramps, good firm gravel river bed (except for odd rock washed into the large hole) and really shallow, though still fast flowing, after a prolonged dry period when we visited at end August 2009. This is the River Wensum rather than a stream though – apparently it gets very much deeper and does flash flood. You can make it all on tarmac by following the hardtop road out - first bear right alongside the river then left at a staggered cross-roads near Shereford to come out onto the busy A1065 near Hempton south of Fakenham.

However, as off roaders you could have very much more fun: After exiting on the ford south side and beginning to follow the hardtop road, look for an unmade lane on the left and take this instead. This lane runs pretty much parallel to the hardtop one: it’s almost certainly part of the Mill’s original one way system so that arriving and departing wagons did not have to meet and need to edge past each other on the same road (you can just about make out a similar, now blocked system on the north side) It also exits onto the A1065 within a few metres to the north of the tarmac alternative. The unmade lane does get progressively overgrown – centrally and at the sides - but is not hugely rutted, there are no barriers, blockages or prohibitions, locals say it is still a right of way.

For more info also see here

Shimpling (x2!)

TM155833 (1*) Off-Roaders Only!
TM165836 (1*) Off-Roaders Only!
Sent in by Graham Hardy (12/02/2006)

"There are two muddy fords on byways near Shimpling; the first (Image 1) is just north of the village and around a foot deep. The second (Image 2) is to the east but although neither as broad nor deep as the first, it shows no evidence of recent vehicular use."

Shotesham (x3!)

TM243994 (2*) Suitable for All
TM259972 (1*) Irish Bridge
TM254984 (1*) Suitable for All
Sent in by Alan Jones (Image 1: 31/03/2003) and Graham Hardy (Images 2&3: 19/05/2005)

Watersplash Davis

Shotesham Mill
TM226994 (3*) Suitable for All
Sent in by Alan Jones (20/01/2003)

'Suitable for light vehicles, but road can be slippery.'

TL990913 (2*) Suitable for All
Sent in by Michael Roots (13/08/2004)

'There is an unusual ford at Shropham TL990913 which is where a pond crosses the road. It is signposted with a ford sign on either side, but the water is still.'

TL985906 (3*) Off-Roaders Only!
Sent in by Alan Jones (28/04/2003)

'Excellent ford, difficult in wet for cars as track is rough & ford deep!' Image mouseover sent in by Simon Stirley (13/04/2004)

South Creake (x4!)

TF855368 (3*) Off-Roaders Only!
TF861355 (2*) Suitable for All
TF863354 (2*) Suitable for All
TF860358 (1*) Restricted Access
Sent in by Christine Coneley (Images 1-3: 26/06/2003) and Graham Hardy (Image 4: 30/05/2005)

'The first ford is down an unclassifed road between North Creake and South Creake. Not sure if it suitable for light vehicles as it came up to the bumper on the land rover.

The other three are small fords in South Creake Village. They are just water splashes and suitable for all vehicles (the 4th is a bit narrow!). The first two are just off the main road, and it is possible to go through one, round and back through the other.


Spinks Hill
TM339927 (1*) Irish Bridge
Sent in by Graham Hardy (16/06/2005)

'This one's an Irish Bridge with associated footbridge'

TM196957 (1*) Irish Bridge
Sent in by Alan Jones (03/03/2003)

'Watersplash only after heavy rain, suitable for light vehicles.'

Thornham Tidal Road
TF727442 (3*) Suitable for All
Sent in by Michael Cassidy (19/04/2010)

'There is a tidal road at Thornham, just a few miles to the east of Hunstanton. It is similar, but not quite as good, as the tidal road at Brancaster. Unfortunately, it was low tide, and fairly dry, when I drove along it a couple of days ago. I don't know what conditions are needed for it to flood, but it does merit a "Tidal Flooding" sign.'

TF937323 (3*) Restricted Access
Sent in by Graham Hardy (30/05/2005)

'It looked at least 6 inches deep so I didn't venture in and base looked a little loose.'

Tivetshall St Margaret
TM173869 (1*) Irish Bridge
Sent in by Graham Hardy (29/09/2005)

'On Star Lane, just west of the A140, complete with signage, footbridge and 3' 6'' wooden depth-gauge.'

TL530932 (1*) Off-Roaders Only!
Sent in by Andrew Marshall and Wayne Howarth (02/02/2010)

'It isn't a ford and it isn't really a tidal road, but when the (2) rivers overflow (Frequently) The entire road floods. It is the A1101 wash road at Welney. The road runs between the 2 rivers (River delph/Old Bedford river and the New Bedford river)

There are 4 depth gages in total ( 2 facing each way) and when the road floods there are barriers at each end of the road which close with signs on them saying "Road flooded" and "Road closed". There are white poles marking out the edge of the road so when in a flood ,drivers can where the road is.

The section of that road is called Wash Road and the area it runs through is known as The hundred foot washes (A wildfowl refuge) which is popular as there is a visitor center just up the road.

West Acre (x3!)

TF788152 (4*) Off-Roaders Only!
TF788151 (4*) Off-Roaders Only!
TF783152 (3*) Restricted Access
Sent in by Chris Marsh (Images 1 & 2: 14/04/2003) and John Walton (Image 3: 04/05/2012)

'There is a white road leading south-east to form a cross roads, whereupon you can turn left to go back through the same river Nar? (I haven't got the map up). Both full time. 1st Lane is unsurfaced but still boasts road signage "ford" and possibly now "unsuitable for motors" as well. Unmade base and everytime I have been through its been above bumper level on the series1. 2nd lane has 2 fords so you need to look twice before leaping once!. First( as I describe it) is concrete, usually bumper depth, second base unknown, but usually a tad deeper. The fords had a sign prohibiting washing cars.'

The final ford (Image 3) is found on the edge of West Acre on the River Nar and the byway forms part of the Nar Valley Way

West End
TF908090 (1*) Restricted Access
Sent in by Graham Hardy (04/08/2005)

'Between Ivy Todd and Bradenham it runs along the edge of the road crossing a couple of drives leading to private houses.'

West Runton
TG181422 (1*) Suitable for All
Sent in by John Talbot (19/08/2009)

'Small flowing stream crosses the track across Runton Common that leads to the Hillside Animal & Shire Horse Sanctuary and to a farm. There is a small village pond upstream that has an overflow feeding this. It was flowing when we visited but looking at the overflow I would imagine it can be a lot more in the winter.'

Woodbastwick Marshes
TG340162 (2*) Tidal
Sent in by Chris James (03/01/2007)

'It's the road that goes to the seasonal foot ferry to Horning and after lots of rain and during spring tides floods quite nicely (last time i drove through it when flooded it was about 9 - 10" deep for about 1/2 mile. Be aware though it is narrow and with few passing places. It has a concrete base, although it is a bit bumpy and with one almighty pot hole about half way through, it is about 3 - 8 inches deep (varies) and about 1/4 - 1/3 mile long (in Image 1 you can see the Ferry Inn at Horning in the background, the wet bit stops about 50 yards short of that.'

TM282933 (1*) Irish Bridge
Sent in by Alan Jones (06/05/2003)

'Watersplash with footbridge.'

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