Friday, 31 October 2014

Around Bircham

This week we parked at Bircham Community Centre and set off on what should have been a 4 mile walk. Deep in conversation, we missed our second turning and didn't realise for a while. Once spotted, we back-tracked and carried on.

We were unsure where to eat later on, but the Bircham Windmill was already shut, so it was ruled out! Must admit, being the school holidays, we thought it might still be open.

Carrying on, we came out near this big pond, where a duck was making a huge amount of noise, almost none stop - can you spot it, just near the white lines:
Here are DB and E. taking a look:
We turned right here and carried on. After a while we realised we hadn't come out where we should have. We needed to come out of a field, across the road and carried on, our turning was nowhere to be seen. Quite a bit of map consulting ensued before we pick up the trail again.

Eventually we came back to the car, changed and drove to our eating place, The King William at Sedgeford. A sandwich lunch here is very good value as you get a metal pot of chips as part of the price. Everywhere else, seems to sell them separately!

We all chose toasted sandwiches, DB had chicken, pesto and mozzarella, E. had cheese and onion and I chose smoked bacon, brie and tomato. Each plate came with the pot of chips and a nice amount of side salad, the price varying from £5.50 to £6.99.

E. and I swapped one half of our sandwiches as we wanted to taste each others, ready for another visit sometime.

Friday, 24 October 2014

West Acre to Narford

Our walk this week comes from a pamphlet entitled "Footsteps through time, Walks in the Nar Valley". We did walk 3 originally 5 miles but we didn't walk up to St. Mary's Church behind Narford Hall, which cut out 1 mile.

It was slightly nippy when we started but soon warmed up. For a change, I was suitably dressed, a little cool to begin with but just right by the time we finished.

Herewith some photographs - view from the top of a slope, looking down on West Acre log place:
 E. and DB (he was double checking his map as this was the walk we got lost on last time)
We managed to do two lots of 'poo sticks' along small rivers. This one is as you enter West Acre from Narford:
The old Methodist Chapel converted into studios and where you go to the outside theatre:
New to us was this building to its side:
E. needed something for her garden so we popped into West Acre Garden Nursery where this chap was standing guard on the pasture to the rear of the hall:
 And a close up:
It took us just over an hour. We went to have lunch at the lovely Tea Room next to the Church in Castle Acre where this leaflet can be picked up. They will close November 16th and re-open late January early February. DB had sausage, bacon and egg pie, E. gammon sandwich and I had a prawn sandwich. All washed down with strong Builders tea for us and everyday tea for E, in tea pots and with strainers. Lovely jubbley!

Thursday, 2 October 2014

Wells next the Sea, Warham and Wighton

This whole official walk would normally be 8.5 miles long and take 4 hours. We did our own route which was approximately 4 miles and 2 hours long. After just coming back from our walking holiday, we were quite tired by the end!

We parked in the town and walked down the main shopping street to the harbour. Just for a change, the tide was in:
We turned right and followed the route, walking past the fishermen unloading their boats and cleaning out, then on past the Sailing Club. Here are DB and E. striding out, deep in conversation:
We were surprised by how many people were out and about. We initially took the Norfolk Coastal path to Stiffkey, walking along the coastal defences. There were quite a few marshland plants in full  Autumnal colour:
After that I forgot to take more photographs as it was such a glorious day, we wanted to walk, talk and enjoy the scenery. We didn't stay on the coastal path for long, turning inwards towards the countryside and generally, taking a slightly wiggly oblong shaped walk. No map as we were doing our own thing.

Eventually we returned to Wells via the old High Street, a street we hadn't seen before. This must once have been the main shopping area in days gone by. Each house in the street was painted a slightly different pastel shade. All seemed to be early 18th Century and quite obviously, most had once been shops. Here is a link to a photograph of the street The Old High Street

The cafe we normally eat at, near Holkham Hall is closed and being turned into 10 new bedrooms for the Victorian Pub. We drove to the Hall itself and had lunch in their main cafe - Sausage Baguettes, DB had chilli.

Arthur Howells Butchers in the main shopping street is renowned for his meat as mentioned previously on a post. They always have something on offer. First time it was half price beef joints, last time pork chops, this time sausages. Whenever you eat sausages at any of the Holkham cafes, these are the ones they serve, known as Wells mix.

They were on offer at 6 for £2. We bought 12 of the Wells variety, 6 of Wells Smuggler and 6 of Wells Old English:
We wrapped them into pairs, labelled and put them in the freezer. Each pack will normally serve as one meal for us both, usually in the form of Wartime Toad in the Hole. Yes, I know, one sausage each, blimey. On the odd occasions we fancy 2 each then we can have them.