Sunday 8 March 2015. After a week of largely solo hill walking in the Yorkshire Dales it made a change to be back to walking with the group on much easier terrain. It was gratifying that 15 walkers, including a few guests from other local groups, turned out for today’s 7.4 mile walk from Hockham. It makes the effort of finding new walks all the more worthwhile.
Much of the route was through the margins of Thetford Forest or The Brecks and the first leg took us to Illington where we stopped for coffee. From here we followed the course of a small stream on the forest edge into Stonebridge and then picked up the Peddars Way for a mile or so to Hockham Heath where we stopped for lunch.
The last leg of the walk took us a little further along Peddars Way before turning off through Cranberry Wood to cross the line of the Great Eastern Pingo Trail. After a mile or so of more forest walking were back at the cars. The route included a massive(?) height gain of 370ft. The walk was undertaken in spring-like weather conditions and was well timed as it started to rain on my drive home.