Saturday, 29 November 2014

Walking in the rain around Southery

Heavy rain greeted us on the morning of our walk but by the time we had driven to Southery, had coffee and biscuits it was down to a heavy drizzle. We were parked under the trees at the church rather than the pub car park as written on the map, aiming to do the walk in turquoise map

We got a little lost and ended up walking further along the Ten Foot Drain than intended. The walk should have been a sort of squared off figure of eight, with a larger and a smaller bit. Our large bit was bigger than intended so we missed out the smaller bit (if that makes sense).

Anyhow, we did just under 4 miles which in the wet and with mud clinging to the bottom of our boots from trudging along and across fields, it was quite enough.

Herewith a few pictures though not a lot to see due to the drizzle:

Water was pouring from the land drains into the ditches:
As we came back into Southery, we saw these remains of St. Mary's Church, such a shame to see the graveyard in this state:

The pub was open but E. wanted to go somewhere else for lunch as she was on the hunt for a particular present for her DiL. We ended up at Denver Mill where M. and E. had a large Cornish pasty, salad and chips. I had an English Breakfast with bubble and squeak (tasteless unfortunately).

They gave me 2 huge slices of bread as well which I couldn't eat so they and their butter, were brought home to have as our toast snack later in the evening.

Saturday, 22 November 2014

Whissonsett to Godwick and back again

Our walk this week was a repeat of one we last did with B. E. hadn't been with us as she had broken her leg whilst on holiday!

We parked at Whissonsett Village Hall, had our coffee and chocolate biscuits and set off. It was a lovely day, cool but not too cool, with the sun popping out eventually after about 15 minutes from starting.

As you leave the village, you come across this memorial to a local lad, Ben, who died in Afghanistan on Christmas Eve:

Eventually you turn left and down a farm track to Godwick turkey farm, where they breed Norfolk Black turkey both free range and indoor reared:
After chatting to them for a little while (like you do), we turned right and crossed the meadows to reach the deserted village . Here is another memorial to Ben, so sad:
Surviving church tower/folly (hard to guess which from the description here
You have to walk through the farmyard to follow the track. Normally it was deserted but this time it was full of men so thought we had better ask if it was okay to carry on. We were asked whether we had walked in Yorkshire recently (avian flu) and when we said no, were okay to carry on:
The farmer who owns these couple of fields had kindly sprayed a yellow brick road for us to follow:
Eventually we returned, changed out of our very sticky muddy boots and went to The Mulberry Farm Shop at Stansfield for lunch. We all settled on a quiche and salad, it was a starter and was huge as it was accompanied by coleslaw and potato salad, plus we had order a shared bowl of chips which was the largest we had ever had for just £1.50.

All in all, a very good day.

Thursday, 13 November 2014

Hunstanton to Ringstead Downs and back

Our walk this week, took in part of this map

We missed out the part along the coast staying inland for all the walk. It took us 2 1/4 hours and was 5.5 miles, which with my sore feet from our visit to Norwich on Monday, could have been a little shorter!

Herewith a few photographs. This first one is the ruins of an church, taken whilst hiding under a tree from the first of two torrential downpours:
We had inadvisedly talked each other out of taking our waterproof trousers!

Second downpour and another tree:
I eventually joined them as their tree had a little more foliage than mine:)

Walking through a farmyard, we came across this old pram, still there from another walk:
Eventually we reached Ringstead Downs - see, not all of Norfolk is flat!
When we last did this walk it was late Spring and the whole place was filled with beautiful flowers.

By now my feet were really starting to hurt and we still had around 1.5 miles to go. When we visited Norwich to get a little more wedding shopping done, I had stupidly worn boots which I thought had been fully bedded in (they are narrower than I usually wear).

5 miles around Norwich and I was starting to limp. We had lunch at the Refectory in Norwich Cathedral which we both would have liked to walk around but couldn't:(

Anyhow, we did find the grave of Edith Cavell nearby:
It has just been awarded a grant to give her a new resting place although quite frankly, this one looks fine.

So there you have it, 10 miles in 3 days, too much for my poor old feet which have sore pads, sore little toes and nice blisters at the bottom of each big toe!

Friday, 7 November 2014

Walking around Colkirk

We have done this walk before so not so many photographs as usual. It was quite a cold start but we all got too warm and had to remove coats as we went along.

We bimbled down country lanes:
Poor DB was carrying a summer pair of walking boots for me as I was using my new walking boots for the first time on our walk after bedding them in!

We strode across country fields in the now warming sunshine:
Looked up to see an aircraft slowly meandering above us:
We could hear but not see, loads of pink footed geese - we recognise their call now. Getting back to near the car, we came across their lovely village hall:
Eventually we finished, 4 miles in about 1 hour 40 minutes. E. has had an injection in her right hip so we weren't quite as quick as normal.

After changing we drove to the local pub only to find it closed, say what! Ah well, we needed to pay our deposit for our Christmas meal so did so then had a light lunch at Sculthorpe Mill. DB had ham and piccalilli, E. and I had prawn and crab. Each came with a spoonful of salad and some home made vegetable crisps. All for £4.95 - the cheapest yet!