There was some doubt over the length of today’s walk. Hilary had measured it with a piece of string against the map and made it about 9 miles. My pedometer made it 8¾ miles and plotting the route on the digital mapping on my computer, I made it 9¾ miles. Of the three, I think that the digital mapping is the most accurate.
Unlucky 13 turned out for the walk on what was an extremely breezy day and with the land being so dry, we encountered a number of sand storms or “fen blows”. It felt like we had been sand blasted. The route was an out and back or as Hilary described it “a figure-of-nine” We walked from Bircham Mill to join the Peddars Way and then did a circuit of the woods near Houghton Hall. The return was the same as the out route, back along the Peddars Way to the Mill for tea & cakes.
An unusual sight was two ducklings that were being mothered by a chicken!