Cley-next-the-Sea

Sunday 23 March. People who are superstitious may have thought that the 13 walkers who turned out today would bring us bad luck. I don’t believe in such rubbish and it certainly wasn’t the case as far as the weather was concerned. The forecast was terrible with heavy showers predicted for most of the day. Unusually, this was way off and whilst we had one shower just as we set off, that was it for the day and soon after the sun came out and the cloud gave way to blue sky.

This was Linda’s first walk as leader and I’m sure that she and her fellow walkers appreciated the dry conditions. Setting out from the Norfolk Wildlife Trust’s visitor centre at Cley-next-the-Sea we headed inland and steadily uphill to our coffee stop on the edge of The Wing (woodland) above Bayfield Hall. From here we went downhill past the Wildflower Centre and across the parkland of Bayfield Hall before crossing the Glandford Road.

The next section of the walk took us along permissive paths and up a series of short climbs through Hull Wood to the top of Ladies Hill. From here it was largely downhill to lunch at the Art Café in Glandford. We sat outside for lunch and the proprietors expressed their displeasure at us taking up seats and tables without buying anything from them. The unwelcoming attitude is perhaps understandable but did nothing to endear them to us and may well have lost them potential future trade. It wasn’t as if we were denying customer a seat outside in the cold. I had previously formed the opinion that their café was a little pretentious and certainly overpriced so I won’t be spending any money with them.

After lunch we stopped for pictures on the bridge over the River Glaven before walking on quite lanes back to Cley and past the windmill. The walk was 8.3 miles with a total ascent of just over 700ft.

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