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Mousehold Heath Earth Heritage Trail

1. view across Mousehold Heath, c1820, by John Crome
1. A view across Mousehold Heath, c1820, by John Crome
2. A sand and gravel quarry on Mousehold Heath, 1907, looking west towards the Pavilion (now Zac’s Diner).
The Mousehold Heath Earth Heritage Trail introduces the geological history of the Heath, and over two centuries of quarrying for sand, gravel and brickearth.
Much of the Heath could be described as ‘brownfield’ land, a former industrial site. It could also be described as a precious example of heathland habitat with fascinating wildlife.

Explore the Trail and find out more.

There are 18 points of interest; some are marked with waymark posts. You can discover them in any order. Each one links the landscape and wildlife of the Heath today with its deep geological history. See the trail map..

You can access the Trail from all parts of the Heath

By car Car parks at Britannia Road (by the Barracks), Gurney Road (near the Pavilion and near Mousehold Lane), and at Gilman Road (beside the track to the sports ground).
By bus Bus route no.11 stops in Sprowston Road near St George’s Church (western end of the Heath).
Bus route no.19 stops in Heartsease Lane and Rider Haggard Road (eastern end of the Heath).
Contact Traveline 0871 200 2233 for more information or visit
On foot There are many entry points to the Heath, via Gilman Road, Gurney Road, Heartsease Lane and Mousehold Lane.

Photo credits

1. Courtesy Tate Britain © The Yorck Project, via Wikimedia Commons, 2. Courtesy Norfolk Heritage Centre.


Mousehold Heath Earth Heritage Trail is inspired by the late Professor Brian Funnell of the University of East Anglia, who loved the Heath and always wanted to know more about its geological history.

It is a partnership project of Norwich City Council, Norfolk Biodiversity Partnership and Norfolk Geodiversity Partnership. We gratefully acknowledge funding from the Norfolk Biodiversity Project Fund and the Geological Society of Norfolk.

Grateful thanks to the Mousehold Heath Conservators for their support, and to the many people who have supplied information, advice and photographs for the project. Text © TD Holt-Wilson unless otherwise credited.


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