Sunday 31 January 2017. There were 10 of us on this last walk of 2017 led by Hilary. There was a stiff breeze blowing as we met in the Snettisham beach car park but at least it was fairly mild at 10 degrees. The wind was on our backs to start with so we did the beach walking section first as the return leg, which would be head on into the breeze, gave us some shelter.
The sand on the beach was firm, making for easy and, at times, brisk walking. We came across the carcass of a young seal which, rather oddly had been decapitated although the were some neck bones on show. The beach walk was just over 2 miles and ended at the cafe/toilets in Heacham where we stopped for coffee.
The return leg was largely on the grassy bank of the old sea wall. About half way along here we dropped down a few feet into the shelter of the dip between the old and new sea defences. The walk was only 5.3 miles but was a nice sociable way to end the year. Hilary offered to take us on a short extension but most of agreed that we’d done enough for today.
Snettisham – walk route
Sunday 17 December 2017. It was a frosty and foggy drive to Gooderstone with the temperature gauge on my car registering zero degrees. 10 brave souls, including our leader Karen, set off in the arctic conditions on what for some (me) was a familiar 6.3 mile walk with just 240ft of ascent. Dodging the icy stretches on a rutted bridleway and then a tarmac road we made our way to Caldecote Farm where we stopped for coffee in a small quarry.
The next section of the walk was perhaps the best as we crossed through woodland to pick up the road into Oxburgh. It was along this path that we encountered an unusually high stile which has been reported to Norfolk CC in the hope that an additional lower step can be installed.
We stopped for lunch at the partly ruined church in Oxburgh. Sadly the lead has been stolen from the roof which now leaks; hence the orange buckets to collect the rain water. Talking of rain, it stated to come down during the last section of the walk from Oxburgh back to Gooderstone. To cheer us all up, Karen invited us back to hers for hot drinks, mulled wine and mince pies. Seasons greetings to all readers.
Godderstone – walk route
Sunday 10 December 2017. I can’t remember the last time that a Fenland Ramblers walk was cancelled due to bad weather but, with a Met Office Amber warning for snow, it made sense to cancel today’s scheduled walk from Manton. The roads in Benwick looked treacherous earlier today and whilst there was only a couple of inches of snow, there appear to have been greater depths out west.
I took a walk around the village just around 2pm to capture a few pictures of that rare phenonemon which is Cambridgeshire snow.