Sunday 28 December 2014. I was joined by Linda & Hilary for today’s walk from Snettisham. It was supposed to be about 10 miles but because of flooding close to the coast we had to make a small diversion and it turned out to be 10.8 miles. The roads were a little icy on the drive across and we had all dressed for a very cold day. I doubt if the temperature rose much above 4c but with the absence of any wind, it felt relatively warm and we were, if anything, overdressed.
Leaving Snettisham we crossed the A149 and made our way through Ken Hill Wood to Lodge Hill Farm. This section of the walk included our only climb of about 100ft. The fields became increasingly more flooded as we made our way towards the coast with the water eventually becoming far too deep to cross safely and without getting wet feet. We had no option but to turn back and find an alternative route. We could have gone all the way back to Lodge Hill Farm to find our way onto Beach Road and then to Shepard’s Port & Snettisham Scalp. Instead, we decided to take a chance by trespassing on the disused railway line to cut off half a mile or so. Nevertheless, this diversion added about three quarters of a mile to our walk.
Back on track, we stopped for coffee just before reaching the beach. The public toilets were locked but there was plenty of cover nearby. Our next leg of the walk took us along the much disputed Footpath 35 in front of the beach-front chalets where we were able to exercise the recently confirmed right of way. Stopping for lunch in the RSPB hide a little further along, we were joined by a family of “twitchers” who pointed out a solitary Glaucous Gull. It looked much like any other Gull to me and my picture doesn’t really help. You can see it for yourself in better quality at this link: http://www.rspb.org.uk/discoverandenjoynature/discoverandlearn/birdguide/name/g/glaucousgull/
Leaving the hide we crossed the causeway between two inland lakes and made our way towards Dersingham to follow a section of the old railway line designated as a public footpath. Soon after, we came across a few boys playing with their toys; 4×4’s in the adjoining woods. One of them was well and truly bogged down and was using a winch, wrapped around a nearby tree, to try to extricate himself. We quickly passed through Ingoldisthorpe and then back into Snettisham where we saw a Daffodil already in flower. A testament to how warm it has been so far this winter. As we had walked nearly 11 miles, we rewarded ourselves with a richly deserved cup of tea in the Old Bank café in Snettisham before setting off on the drive home.
Miles walked so far this year now stands at 1,024.60.