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, 12 June 2018: Ludham and How Hill
Leaders: Steve and Joan Mosley Tel: 01603 437176, Mobile: 07887399106
Deadline for receipt of emails and phone calls: Tuesday, 5 June 2018
This a walk of approximately 5.5 miles along grassy tracks and quiet country lanes with no stiles. Starting at Womack Staithe Ludham we pass through Ludham and then head north westwards along grassy tracks to the How Hill nature reserve where we can take a short coffee break and make use of the toilets. We then walk along The river Ant passing the Toad Hall cottage and How Hill windmill. After a short while we head back via Buttle marsh to Ludham and Womack Staithe.
For those intending to picnic there are benches at the staithe. There is also the King's Arms pub within a short walking distance and the Alfresco tearooms. The pub offers a wide range of food, light bites to full lunches, but does get quite busy during the summer. If you would like to have lunch at the pub, then please indicate so that sufficient tables can be reserved. Websites for pub and teashop are:
http://www.kingsarmsludham.co.uk and http://alfrescotearoom.co.uk respectively.
Please meet at 10.15 ready to start walking at 10.30 .
Map Ref: OS Explorer OL40 391180 Post code: NR29 5QG
Tuesday, 10 July 2018: Picnic Walk near North Walsham
Leader: Janice Darch Tel: 01263 649423 Mobile: 07796932595
Deadline for receipt of email or telephone call: Monday, 9 July 2018
Meet : 10.30am at Weavers Way car park just to the west of North Walsham (Post Code NR28 0BW)
The walk will take us south west from North Walsham and then south to Swanton Abbot church for a coffee stop and to Skeyton before heading back north west to Weavers Way for a return to the cars. Lunch may be in Skeyton or some nice sunny spot in the countryside. The walk takes in a mixture of field paths woodland quiet lanes and the Weavers Way. It will be approximately 9 miles.
The easiest way to locate the car park if heading from Norwich on the B1150 is to turn right opposite North Walsham railway station onto Station Road and continue along this road to the mini roundabout. Turn right on the roundabout, which is the continuation of Station Road, and follow it to the car park which is on the left opposite Skeyton New Road .
Map Ref: OS Explorer 252 TG 274 300
Leader: John Johnson Tel: 01603 456465
Deadline for receipt of emails and phone calls: Thursday, 12 July 2018.
Barbara George will lead this short walk of about three miles around the Strumpshaw Fen RSPB reserve. The walk on trails and board walks will include fen, meadow, river bank and possibly woodland. Google ‘Strumpshaw Fen Trail Guide’ for a plan of the reserve.
There is an admission charge to the RSPB reserve of £4.50 (free to RSPB members). The RSPB warn visitors to be extra careful at the level crossing.
Please meet at 10.00 at the Shoulder of Mutton in Strumpshaw to order your lunch before we drive to the RSPB reserve car park to book in at the RSPB office in time for a 10.30 start.
Map ref: OS Explore OL40 Pub: TG349077 Post Code NR13 4NT
Reserve: TG 342066
Leaders: Alan and Anne Jones Tel 01362 860423 (mobile on the day 07845 963213)
Deadline for receipt of emails (preferred) or phone calls: Friday 3 August (slightly earlier than the usual for reasons explained below)
This is a walk of about 4.5 miles in a figure of eight starting and ending near St Mary’s church on the Raynham Estate. We will walk through a farmyard and field to a bridge over the river Wensum and then across a meadow to the village of Helhoughton. We leave on a lane and over the meadow to West Raynham and the ruins of St Margaret’s church before returning to our starting point, where those opting for a short walk can stay. The second loop of the figure of eight takes us along field paths and a short section of paved footpath beside the main road to East Raynham where we enter the Raynham Estate again near an old walled garden and wooded area before walking down a field path with fine views over the valley to our starting point once more.
As this is a summer walk some participants may prefer to bring a sandwich lunch. For those who prefer a pub lunch the Fox and Hounds at Weasingham is a few minutes drive away. When signing up for the walk please indicate your preference for lunch to allow us time to make arrangements with the pub when we know the likely numbers for that option.
Please meet at 10.15 for a 10.30 start.
Map ref OS Explorer 238 TF 879 255 Post code for the walk start: NR21 7ER.
Leaders: Jonathan & Sally Parnell Tel: 01603 811849 Mobile 07847830531
Deadline for receipt of emails (preferred) or phone calls: Saturday, 1 September 2018
We meet at the Ferry inn PH Reedham where we will have lunch, by 1015 for a 1030 start. This is a circular walk of 5 miles or 4 miles, which takes in the village of Reedham and the church, Reedham swing bridge and the Wherrymans Way .The pub will require lunch orders in advance. When booking a place on the walk please state if you require lunch. We will then email you a menu with the deadline for return being Tuesday 4 September 2018.
Ferry Inn: Post Code NR13 3HA
Map Ref: OS Explorer OL40 407014
Leaders: John & Rosemary Johnson Tel: 01603 456465
Deadline for receipt of emails and phone calls: Wednesday, 19 September 2018.
This walk of about three miles is from the car park at Cley-next-the-Sea to Blakeney via the Norfolk Coast Path. At Blakeney we will have lunch at the Kings Arms before catching the Coast Hopper bus to the NWT Cley Marshes Visitor Centre. Then a cup of tea and cake perhaps in the visitor Centre followed by a short walk (less than one mile) back to the car park at Cley.
Alternatives are (1) just catch the bus back to Cley and go to the car park or (2) walk back from Blakeney to Cley and the car park.
The car park at Cley is just south of the village behind the village hall. Please meet there by 10.30.
Map ref: OS Explorer 251 TG046437 Post Code NR25 7RJ
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: Tuesday 4 December 2018
This 4.5-5 mile walk takes us from Cawston to Booton Common (a Norfolk Wildlife Trust site), skirts Reepham to join the Marriott’s Way for the return section to Cawston. Further details, including arrangements for a pub lunch in the October edition of Renaissance.