Monthly Archives: October 2014

Burnham Overy Staithe

Tuesday 28 October 2014. Our pre-Christmas project of walking the Norfolk Coastal Path is on hold for a few weeks but I just can’t resist the call of the sea. It was another beautifully sunny day so Karen and I met at Burnham Overy Staithe for an 8 mile walk. It is half-term and there were far more people and families out and about as we made our way along the sea bank towards the dunes near Gun Hill. Turning east, we walked through the Holkham National Nature Reserve as far as Lady Anne’s Drive.

We then headed out on to the vast expanse of Holkham beach. Although the tide was out, there were still a few channels of water which had to be jumped and whilst we able to walk along the shore line for some distance we then had to head back towards the dunes in order to avoid some of the deeper residual pools of water. This section of beach had previously been authorised for naturists and although this had been rescinded a year or two back, we still encountered a naked sun bather. To be fair to him, he was out in the middle of a huge expanse of beach, well away from the general thoroughfare, and didn’t appear to be causing any real offense.

We had intended to have a post-walk cup of tea at the Rose Garden Café in Holkham village but it was closed for refurbishment so we popped into the Victoria pub instead. It was heaving with “yuppie” types and their brats so we used the facilities and made a quick exit. It was a 130 mile round trip for me but the walk made it well worthwhile.



Sunday 26 October 2014. Just 10 walkers, 6 from Fenland and 4 from other groups, turned up for today’s 7.9 mile walk from Hallaton. There was a strong wind blowing for most of the walk but we managed to find a couple of sheltered spots for coffee and lunch. A few hill climbs tested our stamina but we all made it round in reasonable time.

Top Lodge Recce

Saturday 25 October. Although this walk isn’t scheduled with the group until 15 February, the weather today was too good to miss and I really had to get out walking. Even at 9am the Top Lodge car park was popular with dog walkers and others enjoying the sunshine.

A mile and a quarter of road walking took me to Wakerley Great Wood where a geocaching event was being held. I had my coffee stop at the 3 mile point, just before Laxton Hall. Crossing the A43, I then made my way past Fineshade Abbey and into the edge of Westhay Wood. Stopping just short of King’s Cliffe I then turned west to make my way back to an even busier Top Lodge. It was a lovely 7.6 mile walk on a lovely day.

Nar Valley Way – Leg 4

Thursday 23 October 2014. We started the 33 mile Nar Valley Way in January this year when we walked the first 3 legs from Gressenhall to Wormegay. I felt that the last 8 miles from Wormegay to King’s Lynn would be too flat and boring and was reluctant to complete the trail. With a break in our current project of walking the Norfolk Coastal Path from Cromer to Hunstanton, today was an ideal opportunity to tick off the last leg of the Nar Valley Way.

We had a couple of miles of walking from Wormegay alongside the nettle choked Little River before we rejoined the River Nar. This then took us to a crossing of the A10 at Setchey before turning north and passing under the A47. Parts of the walk alongside the River Nar were as boring as I had expected but it improved as it transformed from a drainage ditch into a small river the closer that we came towards King’s Lynn. The outskirts of the town are undergoing great change with large new housing developments. The walk finished a little inauspiciously at Marriott’s Warehouse and was marked by an unimpressive information board.

To celebrate the end of the trail we walked a little further into the town centre for tea/coffee at the Arts Centre café. Close by, I caught a picture of a Jay; an unusual bird for a town centre.

Front Line Walk – Update

Monday 20 October 2014. I’m pleased to report that Fenland Ramblers group member Helen Seims completed her 60 mile memorial walk last week. It was warmer than expected which no doubt added to the degree of difficulty, but they all made it to the finish. Helen was interviewed live on Radio Cambridgeshire as she walked towards Theipvel Memorial. I’ve added a few of her pictures.

Barrowden Recce

Sunday 19 October 2014. It was a bright and breezy morning; I had nothing better to do, so I took myself off to recce the Barrowden walk that I’ll be leading in 5 weeks time. After a 30 mile drive, I made a start on the walk at just before 8:30am. I’ve done the walk many times before but always in a clockwise direction. So, for a change, I went the opposite way around. A mile and a quarter of road walking took me to South Luffenham and then across fields for coffee at the church in Morcott. This was my only stop but the group walk will stop again after 6 miles at Turtle Bridge. Advertised at 8 miles, readers of this blog and potential walkers may be pleased to learn that it was only 7.84 miles. If it is raining on the day of the walk then we could shorten it to about 7 miles.

Norfolk Coastal Path – Leg 2

Thursday 16 October 2014. Phil joined us today for our walk along the length of the Norfolk Coastal Path. Leg 2 covered the 8 miles from Weybourne to Blakeney. Hilary didn’t fancy the 3 mile slog across the shingle bank in front of Salthouse and we met up with her for lunch at the Norfolk Wildlife visitor centre at Cley. By then we had done a total of 4¼ miles and we were all ready for a rest.

The second part of the walk took us on a 3¾ mile circuit of Blakeney Freshes, an area severely flooded last year when the sea defences were breached. The sea bank is still being repaired which meant that we had to walk at the foot of the bank for a short distance and a little later on the path was diverted across an area which seemed not to have fully recovered from the floods. Long stretches were still under water with duck boards providing some relief. In other areas there was no choice but to paddle through large pools of water.

I think that we all agreed that this wasn’t the most enjoyable section of the NCP but it had to be done if we were to walk the full length of the route. With this experience behind me, I’ll certainly be changing the route of my walk from Cley on 1st February to avoid the section along the shingle beach.