Angry villagers, who fear miles of 50-metre-high pylons will devastate the countryside near their homes, took part in a protest walk against the controversial proposals.

Around 70 people living in the village of Forncett St Peter, near Long Stratton, joined a three-mile walk around their community to highlight how the pylons would affect them.

National Grid is consulting over plans for a 112-mile power line, from Dunston, near Norwich, to Tilbury on the Thames estuary.

Forncett St Peter is on the proposed pylon route - and Sunday's (September 17)  walk highlighted where the towering structures would be built.

Diss Mercury: The protest walk in Forncett St PeterThe protest walk in Forncett St Peter (Image: Nick Francis)

Villager Norman Stevens, one of the organisers of the event, said: "We had about 70 people turn up, which was a very good number.

"We were able to point out to people where various pylons would be sited and how that would affect the lanes and footpaths.

"And villager Nick Francis brought his drone along, so we were able to send that up and show just how tall the pylons would be.

"We have hares, roe deer and owls which hunt along the verges in the village, while there are numerous other bird species such as buzzards and red kites.

"The whole quality of people's amenity would be spoiled."

Diss Mercury: Villagers in Forncett St Peter staged a protest walk over plans for pylonsVillagers in Forncett St Peter staged a protest walk over plans for pylons (Image: Nick Francis)

Mr Stevens said villagers wanted the energy cables to reach the southeast along the seabed, rather than via pylons over swathes of Norfolk countryside.

He said: "For most residents, like myself, the frustrating thing is that there's a perfectly good alternative which, at the moment, is just not being considered."

The plans have sparked widespread controversy, with criticism from campaign groups, MPs and other councils.

Diss Mercury: The protest walk was against plans for pylons across swathes of NorfolkThe protest walk was against plans for pylons across swathes of Norfolk (Image: Nick Francis)

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National Grid has said the scheme is needed to take power from wind farms off the Norfolk Coast to increase supply as demand increases.

It had said an offshore grid would be costlier to energy bill-payers and have less capacity than an overhead route.

But critics say that has been ruled out too soon, with leaders of Norfolk, Suffolk and Essex county councils recently writing a joint letter urging a rethink.