The Pickenhams

Sunday 16 February 2014. The start of today’s walk wasn’t the easiest to find without the aid of SatNav or a good co-pilot. St Mary’s Church is about a mile from North Pickenham, as the crow flies, but to get there you have to negotiate a number of very small country lanes and eventually a quarter mile or so up a bridleway from the last stretch of metalled road. This seems to have been too difficult for Helen who was spotted on the A47 but somehow didn’t make it to the start.

A select band of 8 walkers managed to find the start and set off for Josephine’s walk in almost perfect conditions. A clear blue sky, sunshine and a gentle breeze greeted us for what turned out to be a most enjoyable 8 miles. Heading south along the Peddars Way we passed Pickenham Hall before turning west to a coffee stop just before Brick Kiln farm and caravan site. We then continued along field edge paths in the general direction of Ashill before turning north to Houghton Common. At this point we had almost done a complete circle and we were less than a quarter of a mile from the cars.

It was far too early to call it a day so we then headed for lunch at the church in North Pickenham. Resuming on the Peddars Way we made our way, with some trepidation, to the water meadows alongside the River Wissey. Our fears proved to be unfounded and the anticipated flooding turned out to be no more than a few large pools of water which were easily negotiated as we made our way to the footbridge over the river. From here it was just a short walk back to the cars.

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