Sunday 18 October 2015. I had a 60-mile drive to the start of today’s walk and was more than a little surprised and disappointed to find that I was on my own at the designated meeting point of the free car park just off the B1145 in Reeepham. However, as I wandered through the Market Square, on the way to the toilets, I met Karen and she was later joined by Michael, Helen, Peter and Linda (x2). So my journey wasn’t wasted as seven of us set off for this 8-mile walk taking in parts of the Marriot’s Way.
As you can see from the map, we took a detour off route to visit the church at Great Witchingham which provided dry seating for our coffee stop. The morning service had just finished and I think that the Vicar and his few parishioners were taken aback to find a group of ramblers cluttering up the entrance porch to their church. We didn’t stay too long and were soon back on track heading along the disused railway bed which now served as the route of the Marriot’s Way.
We looked in at briefly at Whitwell station which was serving refreshments but, as we had brought our own packed lunches, we made use of their newly built toilets and then headed off out into the countryside once again. We stopped at around the 6-mile mark for lunch before heading north in the general direction of Brick Kiln Farm. The Marriot’s Way continued for a couple of miles more before doubling back towards Reepham. It was at this point that we took a short cut just north of the farm in order to stick to the published distance for the walk.
Leaving the Marriot’s Way, it was only a short distance along Kerdiston Road and back into the centre of Reepham. It was along this road that we saw a rather amusing sign displaying a price list for horse manure. It seems that the fancier the name then the more expensive it was although it was just a load of s*#t.