Monthly Archives: September 2013

Hunstanton

Sunday 29 September. On a lovely sunny day 12 members took part in the Group’s 5¼ mile Anniversary Walk. There was a stiff breeze blowing as we made our way from the disused Hunstanton lighthouse on to the beach to walk towards Holme-next-the-Sea. We stopped for toilets and a coffee break on the outskirts of Holme before venturing a little further north to pick up the path running alongside the River Hun which was our intended return route. Unfortunately, it was overgrown and we had to make our way along the road before picking up the path a little further on.

Whilst we fought with the tangle of overgrown vegetation we met 4 “twitchers” who were peering skywards into a tree looking for a Yellow Browed Warbler. Small numbers, most likely from the western end of the breeding range, regularly winter in Western Europe. These arrive in Great Britain in late September and October after a 3,000–3,500 km migration from the Urals, a markedly shorter distance than the 5,500–6,000 km they would need to fly to reach the normal wintering areas in southeastern Asia. Exact numbers in this population are unknown, but typically several hundred are found arriving in Great Britain each autumn; given their unobtrusive behaviour, this is probably only a fraction of the total.

The remainder of the walk alongside the River Hun and back through Old Hunstanton was relatively uneventful but nonetheless enjoyable. We finished just after 12:30 and in good time for those who wanted to go to for a post-walk lunch.

Wicken Fen

Sunday 22 September. 16 walkers plus Judy turned out for today’s 7 mile walk lead by Barry. There were quite a few first-time walkers and a couple of members of other groups. I think that the weather might have had something to do with the good turn out. By the time we got back it was registering 24c on my car temperature gauge and we had enjoyed warm sunshine for most of the time. Quite a contrast from the drizzle that Barry and I had endured during our recce last weekend. The ground had dried up considerably in the space of a week and what was a muddy walk was now relatively dry underfoot.

A steady pace meant that we were finished in around 3 hours and most seemed to have enjoyed it. I hope that we will see some of them on future walks.

East Rudham

Sunday 15 September and back to walking in and around Fenland. Yesterday, I joined Barry to recce his Wicken Fen walk for next weekend. I thought I knew the route and through not paying attention we got a little off track and added an extra mile to what should have been a 7 mile walk.

My own walk at East Rudham was one that I’d done many years ago but it still presented its own navigational challenge as a footpath that appeared on the map just wasn’t there on the ground. It didn’t take us too far out of our way but what I thought would be a 7½ mile walk turned out to be 9 miles. Fortunately the 8 of us that took part are reasonably strong walkers so the extra distance wasn’t a problem. The same couldn’t be said about a fallen tree which blocked our path. The weather was no where near as bad as predicted with just a fresh breeze and an odd shower.

Carperby

Thursday 5 September. Back to solo walking today and what a beautiful day it was; glorious warm sunshine and blue skies. I made a short drive to Carperby for the start of my 7¼ mile walk with 750ft of ascent. The first stop was Aysgarth Falls which, despite the lack of recent rain, was still a spectacular sight. The next stop was Castle Bolton which dominates its landscape and can be seen from miles around. From here I made my way along field paths back to Carperby. There is a deluge forecast for tomorrow so this could well be the last walk of what has been a most enjoyable holiday.

High Cup Nick

Wednesday 4 September. It was Karen’s last walk with me on this holiday so we decided to go a little further afield. A 30 mile drive took us to Dufton, the starting point of our 8 mile walk with 1,900ft of ascent to the top of High Cup Nick. This is a geological wonder and well worth the climb. I had done the walk once before as a circular route but this time we decided that we would come back the same way that we went. Not something that I normally like doing, but the views were magnificent in both directions. The climb started with rather hazy visibility but this soon cleared and it turned out to be a really warm and sunny late summer’s day. On the way back we had views across to the High Street ridge in the Lake District to the west, Shap to the south west and the Howgills to the south.

Bainbridge

Tuesday 3 September. We made the short drive this morning to the nearby village of Bainbridge for a 7¾ mile walk with 1,300ft of ascent. We walked upstream alongside the east side of the River Bain to its source which is the outflow from Semer Water; North Yorkshire’s largest natural lake. This was fairly gentle but on leaving Semer Water we had a climb of over 800ft, some of which was 1in4 in places. The climb, though steep, was only about a mile and took us to the top of Green Scar Crag. From here we walked across open moorland to meet up with Cam High Road; now a farm access track but originally built by the Romans. We followed this in a very straight line for just over 2 miles before picking up a path on the west side of the River Bain and back to the car.

Sedbergh

Monday 2 September. Karen joined me today when we went to Sedbergh for an 8¾ mile walk with 1,600ft of ascent. Our plan was to ascend to Arant Haw in the Howgills and then to follow the Dales Way back to Sedbergh. However, there was low cloud and mist on the hill tops so we cut our climb by 500ft and made our way to the trig point on Winder (1,537ft). From here we descended 1,100ft to pick up the Dales Way at Lune Viaduct. By now we had moved out of the cloud and into the sunshine in the valley bottom. Much of the remainder of the walk followed the course of the Rivers Lune & Rawthey back to town where we walked through the extensive sports fields of Sedbergh School. The poor visibility in the early part of the walk meant that I took just a couple of pictures today at Lune Viaduct.