Saturday 31 December 2016. Hilary kindly agreed to lead an extra walk today around the Sandringham estate. This is becoming a regular end-of-year event and there is plenty of scope to vary the route. Much of this was in woodland with restricted views so I didn’t bother with any pictures.
9 of us took part in this 6.2 mile walk taking us from the visitor centre to the edge of Dersingham and back. The route is shown below.
Sunday 18 December 2016. 9 of us met for today’s gentle 6.6 mile walk from Holme next the Sea. We set off up beach road to cross the A149 and follow the Peddars Way to the outskirts of Ringstead where we stopped for coffee. Our route turned east and then south to re-cross the A149 and pick up the Norfolk Coastal Path to the at Holme Dunes Nature Reserve where we sat on some well placed logs whilst eating lunch. It was only a mile or so from here back to the cars to complete the walk.
I’d arranged a night walking exercise along the beach near Old Hunstanton to see what it would be like walking in the dark with headtorches. As the main walk finished at 1:45pm, it was too early for the night walk so Karen, Hilary and I went into Hunstanton to kill some time and enjoy a fish and chip lunch/tea. We were joined later by Amanda who had bought takeaway fish and chips to eat prior to starting our night walk at 4pm.
It wasn’t fully dark when we set off to walk just over a mile down the beach and back again. By our turning point at 4:30pm darkness had descended and we were able to see how effective, or not, our headtorches were. Karen had a Petzl, which, whilst being a reputable brand, didn’t provide a very bright light. Amanda’s torch was “unbranded?” but provided an adequate beam. I had my Alpkit Viper and a cheap Cree hand torch. The former provided 125 Lumens and the latter an amazing 300 Lumens for just £2.99.
I think the lesson to be learnt from the exercise is that if you are thinking about buying a torch then 125 Lumens is a must and the more the better.
Sunday 11 December 2016. 10 of us turned out today for Sue’s short 6.25 mile walk around Lord Melchett’s estate at Courtyard Farm just outside Ringstead in Norfolk. The farm is “environmentally” managed and there are some wonderful wildflowers to be seen in spring/summer, which is when we normally do this walk. Heading towards Christmas there isn’t a great deal to see although some of the hedgerows still had a good number of red berries to add a little colour. Our route took us on many permissive paths not marked on the map but details are available on the farm’s website
I only took a couple of pictures with my camera and spent some time playing around with the “Skyline” feature in the Viewranger app on my smartphone which adds place-name markers to pictures in a form of virtual reality.