Mannington Hall

Sunday 4 May. A select group of 9 gathered for today’s 8.4 mile walk from Mannington Hall. As seems to be the case when I lead walks, it turned out to be a little longer than planned but this was because I hadn’t had a chance to recce the route beforehand. This was evident as we set off in broadly the right direction but, after doing a circuit of a small nearby arboretum, we had to return to out starting point to pick up the correct path. This led through a small nature reserve before picking up country lanes for the next couple of miles. We stopped for coffee outside Park Farm and then turned off the tarmac at the Saracen’s Head and on to farm tracks.

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Our route took us on a circuit of Wolterton Park, although we only saw a fleeting glimpse of the Hall. Lunch was taken in Itteringham churchyard which came after a total of 5.5 miles. This first part of the walk was a preamble of what was to come and the main purpose of the walk which was to see the bluebells. We followed a permissive path into Mossymere Wood where we were treated to a most spectacularly colourful display of spring flowers.

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A short walk of half a mile or so took us back to the cars.

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