When RAF Watton was established in the Second World War, the direct road link between the village of Griston and the nearby market town of Watton was closed. Local people wishing to walk and cycle between the two communities had to make a longer journey along the A1075 Thetford Road. However, increasing traffic levels over the years have raised serious safety concerns for walkers and cyclists and residents campaigned for an alternative route for years.
“ It’s a great walk, used by plenty including walkers, dog walkers, joggers and cyclists. An excellent project and much appreciated - thank you very much. ”
Sustrans worked with Norfolk County Council to develop a 2.4 kilometre traffic-free route which runs along the former road through the disused airfield. Progress on the route was helped by the support of the local community who formed a steering group for the project. Known as Stan’s Walk, in memory of a local resident who campaigned for it, the route provides walkers, cyclists, joggers and wheelchair users with a direct link between Griston and Watton.
This path has made all the difference to local people by providing a shorter alternative to the A1057 away from the busy traffic. It has reconnected the two communities and makes cycling and walking an attractive option for everyday journeys between them. Since the route opened, there has been a significant increase in the number of people cycling and walking to work, to school and to local amenities.
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