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About fenlandramblers

Welcome to the Fenland Ramblers blog. For those who are new to our Group, you should know that we are part of the national "Ramblers" and are based in Wisbech covering northern Cambridgeshire. The title of our Group might suggest that our walks are based in Fenland, however, this is not necessarily true. Whilst we do occasionally walk within Fenland, we often venture further afield into other parts of Cambridgeshire as well as Norfolk, Suffolk, Lincolnshire and Northamptonshire, all generally within an hours drive of Wisbech. Most of our walks are on Sundays and we meet at the Church Terrace Car Park (CTCP) in Wisbech prior to the start of walks for car-sharing, whenever possible. Alternatively, if you wish to go straight to the start of the walk, then please check the walks programme for start times/details and speak with the leader if you need any additional information.

Photography

Monday 13 February 2017. Buying myself a new camera (Panasonic Lumix TZ70) for Christmas has revitalised my interest in photography. To further this interest and to get in some much needed practice, I took myself off to the village of Laxton this afternoon. I remember walking through here with the Thursday Stroller some years ago and seeing a flock or “wake” of Red Kites circling above. I had hoped to get a picture or two but despite there being dozens of Kites today, they were a little too high and moving too quickly for me to get them in the frame and in focus at the same time. I’ll come back for another try.

The other objective of the outing was to get a few sunset shots. I’m pleased to say that I had more success in this regard and I’ve added a few of the better images below. The pdf map link shows a red box from where it is best to park and see the Kites. The red cross, not far away, shows the location of the sunset shots.

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Morston

Sunday 12 February 2017. Helen was scheduled to lead today’s walk but cried-off with a heavy cold. Given the weather forecast I don’t blame her. Hilary also cried-off and a number of other members had previously advised that they were otherwise engaged this weekend. It was a 65 mile drive for me (each way) and, if it wasn’t for standing in as leader, then I too might have given it a miss.

As it turned out, there was just 4 of us: Moira, Betty, Josephine and me. The weather wasn’t quite as bad as forecast but there was a strong and chilly easterly wind. This was on our backs as we set off towards Stiffkey but we knew that it would be blowing into our faces on the way back. We agreed that we would walk part of the Norfolk Coastal Path first and, if the weather deteriorated, we would then retrace our steps and cut the walk short.

We stopped for coffee after just a mile and a half in a fairly sheltered spot just north of the small lake near White Bridges. I suggested that instead of going through Stiffkey that we should follow the path down the side of the lake and onto the main road for a while before picking up a path through Hang High Plantation and across Cockthorpe Common. I’d walked the road section many years ago and was pleasantly surprised to find that there is now a permissive path which runs behind the hedge and provides an effective barrier from the passing traffic. The path across Cockthorpe Common was new to me and was the most pleasant part of the walk.

We made a short detour into Cockthorpe for lunch at the church before heading back towards Morston. There was a ploughed field on our route and rather than getting ankle-deep in mud, we walked along 3 sides of this field to rejoin our route on Love Lane. It was at this point that we had our only few spots of rain but this lasted no more than 5 minutes and really wasn’t a problem. The walk wasn’t much shorter than planned at 6.6 miles with just 300ft of ascent.

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Houghton & Harpley

Sunday 5 February 2017. Phil, having switched walks with Josephine, caused a little confusion to some of the 13 walkers who turned out today but as both of their walks are similar in length and start from the Dogotel, there wasn’t any real problems.

Our route took us north along the Peddars Way and through Bunkers Hill wood where we stopped for coffee. Houghton Hall stands on private land but we did get some distant views from the roads around the perimeter of its grounds. After “trespassing” on tracks through The Blackground, we stopped for lunch opposite Home Farm. A few members of the resident deer herd could be seen from here.

The route back took us through Harpley village and up to Cockyhoop Cottage where we rejoined the Peddars Way back to the cars. The walk was 8.2 miles with a total ascent of just over 500ft.

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Pretty Corner

Sunday 29 January 2016. I was busy on a photography course at Wimpole Hall today but Phil has kindly sent me this report of his walk from Pretty Corner.

There were 10 of us today who turned up in glorious sunshine. We descended through woodland to Upper Sheringham, then on to Sheringham Park, taking a short coffee stop on the bridge overlooking the steam railway. Followed by a 3 mile stretch along the coast climbing 3 peaks including Beeston Bump.

Lunch was taken at Beeston Priory and well received. After, we made a gentle climb through the common, and then a steep wooded incline to the finish. Most of us agreed because of the gradients the walk felt a little more than the 8.5 miles advertised.

I’ve added Phil’s pictures of the walk and one of my own of a Redwing; taking on “point and shoot” setting before starting my photography course.

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Aira Force

Saturday 21 January 2017. I’m on my own for the last two days of this holiday and, as I could do what I wanted to, I decided to give myself a leisurely day and become something of a tourist. There was a keen frost overnight but it brought a wonderfully sparkling morning. I saw a Tweet from someone in Cumbria this morning which read “Hello sun, we’ve ‘mist’ you. It sums up the last week better than ever I could.

I wanted to continue my experimentation with waterfall photography so I took myself off to the NT site at Aira Force. Car parking was £5 for up to 2 hours, £7 for up to 4 hours and £9 if you wanted to stay longer. As I’m a Scottish NT member it was free for me although I was only there for about 90 minutes during which time I walked a couple of miles with 500ft of ascent.

I think that I’ve just about “cracked” the waterfall thing and reverted back to my landscape and Herdy photograph in ideal, if chilly, conditions.

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Arnside Knott

Friday 20 January 2017. I drove south today to meet Jacqui at Sizergh Castle before travelling on to start our walk at Arnside. I missed a turn on the drive between Sizergh and Arnside which meant I had to negotiate some narrow winding country roads. Not my favourite pastime.

When I last did this walk in April 2016 I started at the foot of Arnside Knott which meant that I had an uphill slog at the end of the walk. This time, we parked in Arnside on the banks of the River Kent estuary which meant that the 500ft climb to Arnside Knott came much earlier in our walk. Visibility wasn’t great to start with but improved throughout the day as I finally got to see the sun for the first time this week. Photographs from my first walk on this route can be seen here.

This is the only picture that I took today with the sunshine just breaking through as we looked out across Morecambe Bay.

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Our route soon took us back down to sea level as we walked on a slightly elevated path which then dropped down to the beach to walk to New Barns. I slightly lost my way in Grubbins Wood and had to back-track to find the path for the last half mile or so back into town. The walk was 7.3 miles with 1,100ft of ascent.

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High Rigg & Low Rigg

Thursday 19 January 2017. This was Karen’s last walk with me for this week so I decided to be easy on her with what I thought would be a gentle walk. It is many years since I last did this route and whilst I could remember the steep climb up onto High Rigg and the steep descent at the northern end, I’d forgotten about the many undulations in between.

I parked at the LDNP car park at Legburthwaite and as the pay & display machine was out-of-order I saved myself the £7 parking fee. The initial 400ft climb up to Wren Crag was just as steep as I had remembered and a few stops were required along the way. I run an App called “Social Hiking” on my phone and this sends me an email every time I summit one of the peaks listed in their database. The incoming email ring tone on my phone was going at regular intervals today as messages were received on Wren Crag, High Rigg SE Top, High Rigg and High Rigg (Naddle Fell). It was only 2.5 miles across High Rigg but it felt a lot farther. We stopped for lunch in the church at the foot of the northern end of High Rigg.

I wanted to bag Low Rigg and Tewet Tarn as I hadn’t visited either of them before so we made an extra 2 mile loop to take in these landmarks. Back at the church, all that now remained was to walk a couple of miles around the side of High Rigg back to the car.

The walk was 7.25 miles with a total ascent of 1,700ft. For Karen’s benefit the walks over the last 4 days have totalled 27 miles and 7,000ft of ascent.

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