All these walks start at 10.30am (unless otherwise stated) but please arrive at the meeting place by at least 10.15am, especially if a pub lunch is planned in case we have to pre-order food.
Car sharing would be appreciated. Walking boots or sturdy shoes are recommended.
Places on the walks must be booked by contacting the walk leader via email (where available) or telephone, by the deadline date shown. Please ensure emails contain your name, contact telephone number, number of places and, where appropriate, the number of lunches required. This is particularly important for walks with pub lunches so that the managers may reserve appropriate space for us. Please note that there may be limited numbers for some pub lunches, and these will be allocated on a strictly ‘first come first served’ basis (so it pays to contact the walk leader as early as possible!).
Tuesday, 13 November 2018: Swainsthorpe
Leaders: Thelma & David Marshall Tel: 01603 455061 Mobile: 07808 613535
Deadline for receipt of emails and phone calls: Tuesday, 30 October 2018
This circuit of about 5.5 miles departs from, and returns to, The “Sugar Beat” on the A140 in Swainsthorpe, where we will have lunch. The walk is mostly along bridleways, quiet lanes and field edges. We cross the Norwich mainline at Swainsthorpe level crossing and walk across country to Gowthorpe Manor and the fringes of Swardeston. There is one modest stile. The pub has requested orders in advance, so we will distribute menus to those members who sign up.
There is plenty of parking space at the “Sugar Beat”. It is possible to travel by bus to Swainsthorpe but, regrettably, the station closed in 1954.
Map ref: TG221007 Post code: NR14 8PU
Tuesday, 11 December 2018: Cawston and Booton Common
Leaders: Alan and Anne Jones Tel 01362 860423 Mobile on the day: 07845 963213
Deadline for the receipt of emails (preferred) or phone calls: Monday, 3 December 2018
This walk starts and ends in Cawston at the Bell Inn, where we will have lunch. There is parking opposite the pub or on the village street. The walk is about 4.5 miles. It takes us from Cawston to Booton Common (a Norfolk Wildlife Trust site), skirts Reepham to join the Mariott’s Way back to Cawston. The section through Booton Common may be muddy in parts at this time of the year, but the rest of the walk is mostly on tracks and paths, with easy walking on the final section along the old railway line.
Please arrive at the Bell Inn at 10.15 to order lunch ready for a 10.30 start.
Post code for the pub is NR10 4AE. Map ref OS Explorer 238 133239
Leader: Alan Coddington Tel: 01603 456855. Mobile: 07531 037831
Deadline for receipt of emails and phone calls: Wednesday, 16 January 2019
This is a walk, of about three miles, exploring a small section of the Yare valley to the north of the UEA Campus. It will start and finish at the Sainsbury Centre where we will have lunch afterwards in the Modern Life Cafe.
There is limited free parking at the Centre, across the road from the main entrance by the Biology building and also on the left side of the road as you come up from the roundabout where the buses turn. When you find a space, go in to the reception and get a parking permit to display on your dash board. Alternatively, you could come by bus if convenient. The Centre and the coffee bar open at 09.00 and the galleries at 10.00. Please meet at the main entrance and be there by 10.00 so that we can start our walk by 10.30 at the latest.
We will have lunch in the Modern Life Cafe at the west end of the Centre. They will reserve tables for us and we will pick up our food from the counter. The lunch menu offers a choice of soup, sandwiches, salads and two hot mains which vary from day to day and are either meat/fish or vegetarian. The counter menu varies throughout the year and can be viewed on the SCVA website. Because the cafe is popular at lunch times, I plan to arrive there at 12.00 when the lunch service starts.
Tuesday, 12 February 2019: Around Little Walsingham
Leaders: Alan and Anne Jones Tel: 01362 860423 Mobile on the day: 07845 963213
Deadline for the receipt of emails or telephone calls: Monday, 4 February 2019
This was a walk we led in December 2017. Some snow and icy roads meant that many of those who had signed up were unable to make the journey. So, with apologies to the half a dozen who joined us then, we are offering a repeat opportunity.
This walk starts and ends in the centre of Little Walsingham at the Black Lion Hotel, where we plan to have lunch (arrangements subject to confirmation). There is some parking outside the hotel in Friday Market Place (first left as you come into the Village on the Fakenham Road) or otherwise in the car park at the top of the High Street.
We will walk through part of Little Walsingham, past the old railway station and then climb up above the town with views across fields towards the sea; then down the valley to cross the river Stiffkey to Houghton St Giles. We will return over a second river crossing towards the Slipper Chapel before heading back to Little Walsingham on the Pilgrims’ Way, a surfaced path on the track of the old railway line.
The full walk is of about 4-5 miles although there are options to shorten it. The walking is fairly easy on surfaced paths, footpaths and farm tracks, some of which may be muddy if the weather has been wet. There are no stiles.
Please arrive at the Black Lion at 10.15 to order lunch ready for a 10.30 start.
Post code for the pub is NR22 6DB.
Map ref: OS Explorer 24 TF933367
Leaders: Dave & Mandy Holland Tel: 01603 731125 Mobile: 07751 033827
Deadline for receipt of emails (preferred) or phone calls: Tuesday, 5 March 2019
We meet at the Parson Woodforde PH in Weston Longville where we will have lunch. Please gather at 1015 for a 1030 start. This is a circular walk of roughly 3.5 miles along country lanes and across fields (which may well be muddy in places at this time of year). There are no stiles. There will be an opportunity to visit the church in the village at the end of the walk – it has some interesting features including the memorial to Parson Woodforde and some very old wall paintings. When booking a place on the walk, please state if you require lunch so that we can email you a menu with the deadline for return once we know it.
There is plenty of parking space at the pub, including space at the back of the pub, but none on the road which is quite busy.
Post code: NR9 5JU
Map ref.: OS Explorer 238 114159
Thursday, 28 March, 2019: Short Walk
There will be a short walk on 28th March. Details will be in the February Renaissance. If you would like to lead such a walk, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with details.