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 February 2018: Ranworth
Leader: Sue Vine Tel: 01603 453875 Mobile: 07585 609550
Deadline for receipt of email (preferred) or telephone call: Tuesday, 6 February 2018
This walk starts at The Maltsters, Ranworth (NR13 6AB). We will explore the valley in which South Walsham Broad lies, with a return through Panxworth and Ranworth villages, and a peep at Ranworth Broad. Just under 5 miles. Two high stiles, and muddy in places. 10.30am start. Please meet in time to order lunch, boot up and use loos. Pub expects to be open at 10am for ordering. Public loos opposite are closed.
Map ref: OS Explorer OL40 The Broads TM359145 Postcode: NR13 6AB
Tuesday, 13 March 2018: Bergh Apton
Leaders: Sue & Jeremy Kitchener Tel: 01603 610708 Mobile: 07884 130048
Deadline for receipt of email or telephone call: Tuesday, 6 March 2018
This is a a circular walk of 2-4 miles around Bergh Apton village visiting the parish church, award winning council housing and some sculptures. Our route will have options for a short walk and any unpredictable March weather or going. Lunch will be at Green Pastures Restaurant, Farm Shop and Plant Centre, also award winning, which is at Hellington Corner about 6 miles from Norwich on the Loddon/Beccles Road (A146). Numbers are limited to 20, so book early. Please meet there at 10.15 for a 10.30 start.
Map ref: OS Explorer OL40 The Broads TG 307022 or nearest postcode: NR15 1BQ.
Thursday, 22 March 2018: Short walk – Thorpe Marshes
Leaders: John & Rosemary Johnson Tel: 01603 456465
Deadline for receipt of Emails and phone calls: Thursday, 15 March 2018
This short walk, just under two and a half miles, is around St Andrew’s Broad on the Norfolk Wildlife Trust’s nature reserve at Thorpe Marshes. We will walk along the bank of the River Yare. There are no stiles, but a Victorian bridge over the railway. Some paths may be muddy if the weather has been wet.
We will meet at the Rush Cutters restaurant at Thorpe St Andrews where we will have lunch and there is a large car park. Firstbus 15 and Konectbus 5 group stop nearby at Thorpe Green.
Please arrive by 10.30 to order lunch and then start our walk at about 10.45.
Map ref: OS Explorer OL40 TG262084 Post code NR7 0HE
Tuesday 10 April 2018: Southrepps
Leaders: Derek & Lesley MacLeod Tel: 01603 743789 Mobile: 07752303703
Deadline for receipt of emails and phone calls: Tuesday 3 April 2018
This circuit of about 5.5 miles departs from, and returns to, The Vernon Arms in Southrepps where we will have lunch. The walk is mostly along quiet lanes with some field edge walking and crosses the Southrepps Common Nature Reserve. Please arrive by 10.00am to order your lunch before we start at 10.30.. The Vernon Arms has a varied menu of snacks and a variety of main courses and desserts. (I have been informed by the Landlord of the pub that there could be some car park refurbishment work in April – if that is the case I will contact people with the new parking venue)
Map ref: TG257366 Post code: NR11 8NP
Tuesday, 8 May 2018: Swannington Commons Walk : Upgate Common
Leader: Mark Hassall Tel: 01603 860854 Mobile: 07887 297368
Deadline for receipt of bookings, (email preferred) Wednesday 25 April 2018
This three mile walk will start by the pump on Swannington Village Green from where we will walk south along “The Street” and a hundred metres up School Road before crossing onto a footpath between an arable field and the lane leading up to the Upgate part of Swannington. After about half a mile we reach Upgate Common entering it through a small patch of flower rich meadow looking out for wild orchids and butterflies. We then walk alongside Swannington Beck, the cleanest tributary in the whole of the Wensum catchment area. We pass a series of ponds dug to provide breeding grounds for amphibian and aquatic insects such as dragonflies and damsel flies.
The walk continues through mature oak woodland into an area of heathland home to four of our native species of reptiles. We will stagger to the dizzy summit of “Dead Man’s Hill” a whole 3 metres above the adjacent valley!! (this is Norfolk!!) for a coffee break while looking over a wet marshy area technically called a “Valley Bottom Fen”, one of only 40 such mosaics of plant communities on the planet ( I’ll try and arrange a guest commentary by Sir David Attenborough but don’t hold your breath, you might have to settle for me!!)
Returning to the Beck we walk up Swiffer’s Lane along which smuggler’s carts were pulled in the dead of night years ago, alongside another field, then back along Church Lane to St. Margaret’s Church to eat our packed lunches with tea/coffee and cakes provided locally.
Start by the pump (TG134 190) meeting at 10.15am for start at 10.30am. (Postcode NR9 5NW brings you to the south corner of the Green, the pump is 300m further north over the bridge on the left).
Parking is available alongside the Green (overflowing if necessary, into the car park of the adjacent Swannington Romantic Garden Nursery).
Total distance about 3.5 - 4.0 miles
Footwear: We will mostly be walking on well defined paths, but there are marshy bits on Upgate Common where there may be a few inches of standing water depending on how much rain we have next spring, so if possible please wear waterproof shoes or boots.
Food and Drink: We will have opportunity for a “coffee/tea stops” along the way so please bring a flask or cold drinks with you. At the end of the walk we can eat packed lunches in the meeting area at the back of St. Margaret’s Church where there are chairs and tables and where, tea, coffee and cakes will be available without charge but with an opportunity to make a small contribution to a charity.
“Facilities” There is only a single toilet in the church but plenty of discreet patches of bushes along the way!
Further details: the exact route and some notes on features of interest, will be e-mailed to you in response to bookings so please be sure to include your e-mail address.
Wednesday, 23 May 2018: Short Walk – Brooke
Leader: John Harvey Tel: 01508 558446
Deadline for receipt of emails, preferred,(or phone calls): Wednesday, 16 May 2018
The walk on 23 May will start at the Kings Head in Brooke and we will have lunch there. It will be just under 3 miles and will be mainly across and around fields. Please meet at 10.30 at the car park adjacent to the Kings Head to order lunch before setting off at 10.45.
Map ref: OS Explorer OL40 TM 287991 Post code NR15 1AB
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