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MARCH UPDATE: I need to confirm our booking with the campsite by this Friday 12 March, so by return can you let me know the following:
1) If you still want to come
2) If you will be traveling by car (limited parking on site – so can anyone car share?)
3) Size of your tent (number of people it sleeps)
UPDATE: The campsite has confirmed our booking and will endeavour to set a field aside for our exclusive use. I have to check back with them in March to confirm booking details. Once I have these I will let everyone know what they have to do to book / pay for their pitch.
Before reading on, please note you will need to be a member of the Ramblers to join this trip.
The plan is to spend a long weekend (Friday to Monday) camping, walking, eating and drinking in the Peak District. I will be traveling up on Friday afternoon, walking on Saturday and Sunday and returning home on Monday, possibly visiting somewhere nice en route and doing a short walk and lunch.
Subject to confirmation, we will be staying at the Fieldhead Campsite situated in Edale, a picturesque village which has 2 public houses, 2 cafes, a general store and a train station. A number of Hike Norfolk members have camped here before and it was very memorable experience!
I have emailed the campsite to see if they space for us and if they can assign a field for us so that we are all together. Once I hear from them I will l post back here with full details.
I will lead a group walk on Saturday and Sunday from Edale for those who care to join me. The first will be to Kinder Scout via Grindsbrook and Jacob’s Ladder with the second taking us to Mam Tor and Upper Booth.
Both walks will be around 8 miles (4 / 5hrs) and will included going up and down steep hills, some descents may including a bit of scrambling… To Norfolk born people the hills will look like mountains, so be warned!). Serious note: unless to are fit or have hill walked before these walks may not be suitable for you.
The overall weekend will be fluid (read as unorganised) where people can do their own thing during the day if they wish or feel my walks will be unsuitable for them.
Hopefully we can all meet up for an evening meal or a round campfire songs. ☺
Date wise, I’m thinking of 21 to 24 May (but this will depend on the Covid-1 9 rules in place at the time, currently Derbyshire is in Tier 4).
If you would like to join me on this adventure please RSVP so I can gauge interest. I have set the maximum number to 10 for logistic reasons.
Please note, you will be responsible for booking your own tent pitch with the campsite and making your own travel arrangements. Nearer the time I will look into booking an evening meal at one of the pubs for anyone interested.
This rather lovely walk near Dereham (the beating heart of Norfolk rambling) will see us visit four churches and see lots of open countryside. And some random farm animals......
I'm currently limiting numbers on this walk to 24 people (I might increase that nearer to the time). All Ramblers members welcome, and non members can walk with us up to three times to see if you like us.
Please remember to bring food and water, as we seem to avoid most forms of civilisation on the walk (I mean, no shops, not that our walkers aren't civilised*). Lunch is at what I think is quite a nice spot, so perhaps bring a nice Ploughman's to nibble at. And some crisps.
If you're new and are nervous about attending a walk, do feel free to message me in advance. I'll make sure you are met at your car (just one person, we won't all gang up and bang on the windows sort of thing), I can answer questions in advance or I can ensure you're paired with someone extra welcoming for the first part of the walk to help to make you meet others. Whatever helps, let me know.
Please park at the village hall in Yaxham. If you don't have a car, get a bus to Dereham and walk to Yaxham (or that's what I did). That extra walk goes by a McDonald's and a pub which is handy :) Car sharing may or may not be allowed by the time of this walk, but at the moment this isn't allowable under Covid rules.
There's a pub visit afterwards in Dereham for those who want to.
I will be visiting churches and droning on about their history, so if you don't like that excitement then you can sit outside and wait :)
Any questions, please post below.
* - on the civilised walkers thing, I'm still training some up.
NB - this weekend will now be held on 20-22 August 2021.
It was all looking so good in 2020, we had 40 people coming to Eastbourne for our Seven Sisters weekend and we had booked a pub and restaurant to cope with those numbers. This was the highest ever number on a Hike Norfolk trip away, but unfortunately, it was lost to the virus. On the bright side, most people gave their deposits to homeless charities (and, OK, we kept some for a party which we haven't had yet), but it's now time to plan next year's event.
I can't be bothered to write everything up again (here's last year's event, it'll be the same plan, https://www.meetup.com/hikenorfolk/events/261669255/) but we're trying again in 2021.
There are no deposits for this event, but I imagine that fewer people will want to go for various reasons.
NB, nothing is certain at the moment, but I'm planning to lead this walk between 19 and 26 September 2021. I'm going to suggest booking hotels (and cancellable bookings are a must for obvious reasons) over the next couple of weeks. To make this a bit manageable, can people only RSVP if they're planning to make these cancellable bookings in the next few weeks?
Right, with that out of the way, onto the proposed trip.
This is a route from the spa town of Cheltenham taking in many villages such as Bourton-on-the-Water, Stow-on-the-Wold and Moreton-in-Marsh (full details at https://ldwa.org.uk/ldp/members/show_path.php?menu_type=S&path_name=Cotswold+Ring). It's 61 miles in length and I intend to walk that distance over 6 days, so ten miles a day on average.
I intend to start this adventure on Sunday 19 September by getting the train (or car, bus, bike or ferret) from Norwich, then walk on the Monday to Saturday, before getting the train (other forms of transport are available) back on Sunday 26 September. The walk goes by numerous interesting areas and I'll likely add little bits in to see historical sites of interest. And Good Beer Guide pubs. Gossip is guaranteed, and lots of adventure. Hopefully no-one will go overboard with the shots this time..... Well, maybe just once or twice.
Please note, you'll need to be a Ramblers member and book your own hotels and the like. There's no need for everyone to be in the same place, but I'll send details of where I am so people can choose where they want to stay (likely at another hotel....) I'll book pubs/restaurants for meals when we get there, as some people might not want to eat or whatever. The aim though in general is that this is a social week, so we do most things together.
No riff raff or grumpy people. If you hate beer and history, this might not be ideal. Maximum number will be 8 people, I can't cope with more than that :)