Sunday 19 July 2015. 9 of us took part in today’s walk from Blakeney village hall. We headed to the harbour which was busy with holiday makers and quite a few independent walkers. The first leg of our route took us out on the Norfolk Coast Path, across the marshes, finishing at the windmill in Cley next the Sea. A walk along the back streets of Cley took us to the church where we stopped at around midday for a late coffee/early lunch stop.
The second leg of the walk involved mainly road walking through Wiveton village before ending with a circuit of Wiveton Downs from where there were great views in all directions. We had another brief stop here before setting off on the final leg of the walk heading towards the coast to pick up the NCP midway between Morston and Blakeney.
It turned out to be quite a warm and sunny day with a fresh sea breeze. Just about perfect for walking. I had published the walk as being 8 miles but it turned out to be 9 miles with just under 500ft of ascent.
Blakeney – walk route
Sunday 12 July 2015. Its nearly two weeks since a bug laid me low whilst on holiday in Keswick. To add insult to injury, this bug struck on my birthday. I’m pleased to say that I’m now feeling better but still have a cough.
The group walk today, which I was leading, was an 8 mile circuit from Burghley House in Stamford with just 500ft of ascent. 10 of us set off to walk through the grounds of the house towards the centre of Stamford. There was a pony club event taking place within the grounds which provided added interest before we made an early stop for coffee in the Princess Diana memorial gardens.
Our route took us uphill through a more exclusive area of Stamford and it was here that we encountered the first rains of the day. This took the form of drizzle which then developed into a more steady but short lived shower necessitating the donning of waterproofs. We then made our way past Wothorpe House and soon after the heavens opened. We took shelter under some large trees but we all got a good soaking. Lunch was taken near one of the Burghley Park cross-country fences before making our way via Pilsgate back to the cars.
I only took this single picture but other pictures from the walk recce can be seen here.
Friday 3 July 2015. In my last blog I reported that I’d been feeling unwell. Although I’m a little better, I still don’t feel like doing much and climbing big hills certainly isn’t on my agenda. I had planned to do Scafell Pike with Jacqui either last weekend or this coming weekend. We gave last weekend a miss because of a poor weather forecast, which turned out to be inaccurate and the weather for this coming weekend looks mixed. I feel really guilty for letting her down but I don’t have the energy for such a climb.
The weather for my last real walk from Lorton to Buttermere was just about perfect although there was a strong wind blowing on the hill tops which meant that I didn’t wear a hat for fear of it blowing away. I knew that this was a mistake as I got a touch of sunburn on my forehead and the UV exposure has brought out the dormant HSV-1 and I now have a couple of very sore, cold sore type blisters on the left-hand side of my forehead. I first developed this whilst on holiday in Italy many years ago and I get an annual outbreak at the first sign of summer sunshine. Treatment with Zovirax cream relieves the pain and the blisters normally dry up and heal in a few days. I’ll make sure that I wear my hat whenever the sun decides to shine.
Wednesday saw temperatures of 28c across almost the whole of the country and there was no way that I would have gone out walking in such heat, whatever my state of health. Yesterday was much cooler and just about perfect for walking but the most that I could manage was a stroll around the caravan site. Today it is back to warm sunshine with a threat of thunderstorms later in the day and overnight into tomorrow. I really wanted to go back to Grasmere to finish off the aborted walk from Tuesday but still don’t feel up to it. The bug has laid me low and I’ve also been suffering with hay fever type symptoms for a few weeks now. I feel such a wimp complaining about my minor health issues when others are suffering far more than me, but a change from my normal quite healthy state whilst away on holiday isn’t great.
I decided that I’d take a walk into Keswick to have a look around the shops. Whilst in George Fisher’s I had a chat with one of the sales assistants about walking boots. I had bought some Meindl Merans last October and I’ve been so pleased with them that I’m always looking to see if I can buy them at a reduced price. The Fisher’s guy explained that the Meran had a soft sole and upper and were designed more for comfort and weren’t ideally suited to proper hill walking. They would probably wear out quicker than I would like and I should consider a Meindl Borneo which has similar comfort fit features but are less flexible and have a more robust sole. I’ll see how the Merans go for now but may visit Fishers again when I’m back in Keswick in October.