Hindringham & Bale Recce

Karen wanted to recce her 8½ mile walk at Hindringham that she will be leading on 28 April so I joined her together with Bea, Josephine & Hilary. When exposed to the wind it felt cold but we found a sheltered spot for lunch at Buffer Grove where it was almost spring-like in the sunshine.

The purpose of the recce was to confirm the route and to identify any problems. A lack of concentration (too much talking) meant that we missed one turning but this only added about a ¼ mile to the route. One stile was missing just after we crossed the A148 and this will be reported to Norfolk CC but I doubt that anything will be done about it. We had a minor dispute about the route to take just before Buffer Grove when I was adamant that we should go one way and Karen & Hilary wanted to go down another small country lane. Well, I had to eat humble pie and admit that I had mis-read my GPS/digital mapping: not easy for me to do as everyone knows that I never make mistakes (not!).

My GPS tracker confirmed the route we walked to be 9.62 miles but this can be rounded down to 9¼ miles as I’m sure that Karen will get it right on the day of the walk. We were all feeling exhausted by the end of the walk and made for the Thursford Collection for a deserved cup of tea. Whilst it was close to hand, it had little to commend it with a disappointing range of refreshments on offer.

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