Route: Boudicca Way (United Kingdom)

Submitted by Tom Allenby on Fri, 07/24/2020 - 03:03am
United Kingdom
56.9 km
Vertical Gain
499 m

The Boudicca Way passes through the beautiful, unspoilt rural countryside of South Norfolk and the Waveney Valley. It is named after the legendary warrior Queen of the Iceni, whose tribes once inhabited the area, and runs for approximately 36 miles between Norwich and Diss. Running roughly parallel with the old Roman 'Pye' Road, now known as the A140, the route follows public rights of way and quiet country roads. A detour is taken to view the remains of Venta Icenorum Roman town at Caistor St Edmund and picturesque villages such as Shotesham, Saxlingham Nethergate and Pulham Market are visited. 

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Wow Joe nice going. My friend and i have been scouting this route since September and are planning at having a go at hiking it (with a little running) but your time is solid. Well done.

Editor's note: On 7 October 2023, Adam and Dan Graham set a new FKT for the fastest brothers on this route. Here's their report: 


Blue skies and sunshine greeted us as we parked at Diss and caught the train to Norwich to run the Boudicca way. Steeped in ancient history, this route appealed due to the simple logistics and a distance that would be a challenge but one that (hopefully) wouldn’t break me after an injury hiatus from ultrarunning.

The distinctive purple way markers for this route are excellent and easy to spot amidst the greenery and despite taking a few wrong turns and then retracing our steps (once in Norwich!), I would thoroughly recommend the route for anyone who is nervous about navigating their own long distance route.

Embracing the inner warrior of the famous Iceni Queen the first 16 miles passed by quickly as we ran (& walked hills - there are more undulations than the elevation suggests) through pleasant but not breathtaking scenery. Highlights of the run included Caister St. Edmund and the picturesque village of Pullman Market where we briefly stopped to top up on our drinks on what was an unseasonally warm autumn day.

There is a fair amount of old woodland to pass through on this route, which does provide shade - there’s also a lot of open farmland and the trails had been ploughed over on four locations on the route. We also had a detour due to tree felling close to Caister St. Edmund.