Once again 13 members took park in this autumnal walk in Norfolk.
Although the program said it would possibly be along muddy paths they were much better than last week.
The weather stayed dry but there was some moisture in the air. After we left the car park we walked along the edge of a field that had several horse prints in the soft grass but then crossed the road and walked under the bridge as seen in Muriel’s picture ( all with an a after the number were taken by her.)
We walked to Ashill and saw the ducks on the green and in the village pond. they were also depicted on the village sign. We stopped here for a drink and the ducks gathered searching for food. We were soon on our way again walking along the Pedders Way path. The autumn colours were clearly visible on this walk. We had a quick visit to the church that had a lottery grant to improve it from being hidden under ivy in a derelict condition.
As we continued our walk across one of the fields a horse joined us and walked with us ( maybe making sure we left or did we need a lift.) We came into the village after this and had a quick inspection of the huge wood carving there and had to see what it represented. ( see pictures 22 and 23).
Lunch stop today was St Andrew’s Church North Pickenham where some of us sat just inside the door of the church , the main door was locked. It did make a change from sitting on the grass.
After lunch we contined along footpaths around the edge of fields and back to the start.
Four members of the group met at the car park and travelled to Aldwincle where we were joined by ten more although one dropped out with an injured ankle just after the start so 13 made the full trip.
The path followed well defined grass paths although some areas were muddy and slippery and care was needed when crossing over wet wooden stiles and bridges.
The start of the walk although sunny had a cold northerly wind. Most of the walkers made the walk in waterproof trousers or gaiters which were definitely needed at times.
A most enjoyable walk completed before the rain came.
Today consisted of two walks. 11 participants joined each walk but only a few did both walks.
The morning walk started from Brancaster Staithe travelling along the road towards The Common in warm weather. Before entering The Common we had a short pause to admire the view of the coast and some removed an outer garment as it was warming up.
The walk continued off road for most of the route but we were disappointed to find that the walk back to Brancaster had to be made along the main footpath as the coastal path was still closed in that section for repairs and improvements.
Along the route we found several mushrooms but did not try them and where we took our drinks stop the logs had lichens growing on the logs.
The second walk started from slightly further east at Burnham Deepdale and was mostly on paths beside fields to Burnham Norton and then back on the coastal path to the start followed by a cup of tea.
The surprisingly good weather also brought other walkers on our route but mostly completing it in reverse.
I was joined by Wayne (my husband) and Amanda (my fit daughter) to try some walking in the Peak district.
As Monday was light rain and our Amanda would not arrive till early afternoon we went to visit Matlock from Winster where we were staying in a rental cottage.
We last visit this area 35 years ago. The shops were uninteresting just places out of the rain but we did see an Tut tut? vehicle on a balcony like the ones seen in India.
Planning for the days we were here it was planned that we would try Kinder Downfall as there could be low cloud and Kinder Scout is always boggy and I was the only one with walking boots. Amanda was going to lead and planned the route as part of here mountain leaders course. We would start at Bowden Bridge and walk up Kinder Road and along beside the reservoirand along the William Clough pathto Kinder Downfall.We would then join The Pennine Way path to Kinder Low. The cloud was low but not to bad but as we had not been on this route before we continued on the longer route along the Pennine Way to Edale Cross and then on Oaken Clough and then as time way getting on crossing the field path to Tunstead Clough Farm and then to our starting point. A long day for Wayne and I with practice of walking slow when leading elderly unfit people.
Wednesday again the weather was unfavourable so it was a visit to Chesterfield to see the crooked spire and a visit to The Pomegranate Theatre to see a play in a preserved old theatre.
Thursday was a visit to waters ports centre near by to try canoeing and then the Miller's Dale and Monsal dale trail. We just made it back to the car before?? heavy rain began falling.
Friday again was a non starter but Saturday before we left we visited Wetton and Thor's Cave in good sunny with a little cloud conditions