The walk today started at the car park in Sawtry and the Fenland Ramblers were joined by other members from near by rambler groups. Our number today was twenty, a good sized group who tackled the walk at a good pace for today’s 7 mile walk.
The weather was good with a warm wind blowing as the walk took us beside ploughed fields and woodland paths. Lunch was taken by the church and the retreat house.
A quick stop by a wheel barrow was made to select a few apples (suitable for eating) at a house where there was a variety of windfalls. The paths throughout were good and very dry with a few steep slopes to walk.
An enjoyable walk and good conversation including a mention of the Whittlesey Straw Bear festival ( to be held on January 14th 2012 ) as we drove through the town on our way to Sawtry.
The warm weather saw 21 members start from Castle Rising. The route took us by the ruined castle and out on to the road heading towards the Knights Hill roundabout. Turning towards Kings Lynn we walked along the main road to the footpath on our right,
With such large numbers, crossing the road took time.From here most of the walk was amongst wooded trees, bracken and through the golf course ( not many golfers about yet) although we did see a grey squirrel here. We also went via “Onion Corner” on the old route to Hunstanton before the bypass was made. The onions ( wild garlic) can be seen and smelled in the springtime when the bluebells are out.
After this we returned to the starting point for lunch at The Black Horse pub for our pre-ordered anniversary meal.
Thanks were made to Judy our leader for all the support to the group since it started and gifts were presented on behalf of the group by Hilary.
My son Oliver and I travelled to Malham youth hostel on Friday 2nd September to meet up with my daughter Amanda for a " family get together " for the team going to Nepal in November for research at high altitude www.himalayan.org.uk/research
Although we arrived on Friday to dry and sunny weather we awoke on Saturday to light rain. There was a selection of walks available but most opted for Malham Cove via Janet's Cave and Gordale Scar. The group setting off was about 20 or so but some did not tackle Gordale Scar and went the easier route to the Tarn.
Those of us who tackled the scramble were helped by the team to guide us on foot holds and hand holds after we had waited for a family to haul up on harness and rope a spaniel who did not want to try but was happy once at the top.
The rain persisted on and off for most of the walk making negotiating the limestone pavement tricky with driving drizzle and slippery surfaces especially those of us wearing glasses.
The walk did take 6 hours but we did make stops for food breaks and to allow every one to catch up.
Wayne and I did part of the walk last year but did not tackle the scramble and it was a warm dry day