Sunday 27 April. Linda and I stood in for Barry to lead today’s 7.33 mile walk from Ickburgh. It was a lovely sunny morning as 11 of us set off from Ickburgh church for a short section of road walking which took us across the River Wissey.
A pleasant stroll through typical Breckland countryside brought us to the banks of a flooded gravel pit where we stopped for coffee in and around a bird hide.
The walk that Barry led last year was a little under 6 miles so we thought that we would extend it to visit Lynford Arboretum where there was, as one might expect, a wide array of trees and bluebells to be seen.
A little further on and Lynford Hall came in to view.
The last part of the extended walk took us a mile or so to the picnic area at the Lyndford Stag where we stopped for lunch.
After lunch, we made our way back along woodland tracks to pick up the pavement running alongside the busy A1065. Despite the traffic noise, we were able to hear the first Cuckoo of the year calling out loud. The last half mile or so took us back up the quite country lane leading through Ickburgh village and back to the cars.