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Holkham National Nature Reserve, Lady Anne's Drive, Wells-next-the-Sea.
My first walk of 2019 (and one of my favourites from 2018) will takes us from Holkham Hall to Wells on Sea returning via the Holkham Estate. The length of the walk will vary depending on the ending you choose.... You can either take the longer 9.5 mile or shorter 7.5 mile versions. To start with our route will take us from the Holkham estate along Lady Annes Drive down to Holkham beach. From there, if the tide is out we will explore the beach looking for buried treasure, contraband washed ashore from passing pirate ships or just pretty sea shells. If the tide is in we will follow the costal path alongside the nature reserve eastwards to Wells beach. From there we will take the harbour side path which will lead us back inland to Wells quay. We will then walk through Wells town to Buttlands for our lunch stop. After our refreshments we will depart Buttlands following tracks and footpaths back to the Holkham estate. When inside the estate you have 2 options. Option1: we will walk around the lake, passing an obelisk and the church before we arrive at the main hall and then return back to the car park . Note; We will be walking through the main parkland where if lucky, you might get to see some deer and other wildlife . Option 2: is a shorter route and allows you to miss off the park walk and just return back to the car park. Afterwards, and before our journeys home we can call into the Victoria Pub before for refreshment :-). Walk info: 1) This is a Ramblers walk and so you should be a member of the Ramblers, or if you're new, you're also welcome to come on three walks with us to see if you like us. 2) This will be a leisurely / moderate walk suited for reasonably fit people with at least a little country walking experience. Speed wise, we will average 2.5 / 3.0 mph. 3) We will be walking on country lanes, paths and field edges so walking boots/shoes are recommended along with suitable clothing for the weather. 4) There will be 3 or 4 breaks for drinks and a stop for lunch which you need to bring with you. Starting point: Meet at free car park at Holkham Hall (sign posted Village carpark). Approaching Holkham from Wells turn left at the Victoria Pub into Holkham Estate and the car park is about 600 yards on your right. Postcode NR23 1RG will get you close. Please post below if you plan to come along so I know who to expect on the day. If you're new to the group and you have any questions about the walk please message me here directly and I’ll endeavour to answer them. Thanks – Steve
The very lovely Heather, who is also our official radio spokesperson after an excellent performance in December (see the event photo above, Heather is the one without the beard, as the one with the beard is Richard May, our quite competent area chair), is leading a walk for Hike Norfolk on Thursday 7 February 2019. It's a mid-week walk and everyone is very welcome. If you work during the week, then maybe take a day off :) The walk will be just a little smidgen over 6 miles and will take in some of the Weaver's Way and the Dilham Canal. It's a peaceful and relaxing walk, which is also nice and flat and covers some of the old railway line. There's no coffee shop en route on this one, so bring a little snack (please message Julian if you need suggestions on food, but maybe six doughnuts for example) around half way round. Bring a drink as well, don't get dehydrated. Meet at 10:00 at Honing Common, where there is some off road parking. Heather will be there, maybe standing on her head, in a dirty (she said that) grey old Landrover Defender. Heather is a yoga expert, so she might be able to teach you something new. Everyone is very welcome, including new walkers. This is a normal walk (or as normal as any Hike Norfolk walk is), but we're taking part in the Time to Talk Day, which is a campaign for people to feel free able to talk about mental health if they'd like to. Mental health problems affect one in four of us, yet many people are still afraid to talk about it. We want to make clear that in Hike Norfolk, and in the other Ramblers groups, that if at any time (whether on a walk or at a social event) you want to talk about mental health issues, then we don't judge and we can try and help, even if that's just by listening. We're very proud of our community within Hike Norfolk and we have lots of social events, so if you're feeling lonely, left out, wanting a new challenge or just want a chat, then come along! Please message us if you have any fears or concerns about coming on a walk, we can maybe meet you at your car, chat (Julian will chat via e-mail and on-line, but he doesn't like phones, but we have members who can chat on the phone) or whatever else helps. Let us know :)
The February monthly meal is being organised by me, Julian. So that's bad news for those who are used to the elegant and seamless organisation of the group's social secretary (and best driver), Steve. Firstly, I'm going to sound unusually grumpy (well, as usual really). I do understand that things get in the way of coming on the monthly meal, but this can give the organiser a bit of a headache. So, and I'm sorry to do this, but if you have either not turned up at all in the past to a meal, or you have a bit of a track record of no-shows, then you'll need to message me in advance before RSVPing just to give me confidence that it won't happen again. I am very understanding, but it can be a bit embarrassing contacting a restaurant and telling them we're short on numbers because people have cancelled just before it takes place, and it usually takes the place away from someone else. If you're someone I know well, you don't need to message me, but just be aware that you'd better turn up :) Equally, if you're backed out of an event because you're shy or nervous, tell me in advance, I'll try and make it easier for you, perhaps meet just before the meal to make it less intimidating. I know joining a new group can be scary, but we'll do our best to make it accessible. Right, grumpy notes aside, let's get to the main part of the proceedings. The monthly meal for February will be at the Black Horse, on Earlham Road, in Norwich. I have eaten there before, the real ales meet my requirements and the staff are friendly. So, that's a good start. The menus changes a bit, but there's an example of what is offered at https://www.theblackhorsenorwich.net/. Prices are moderate, surroundings are pleasant. There will likely be a pub visit before the pub meal, and a pub visit after the pub meal. That's just how my world works I'm afraid.... Wear what you want (within reason, no-one can dress up in a Christmas jumper or as a nun) and you're welcome if you're a long-time member or someone interesting in joining. Although, frankly, I think that I've likely put most people off. But, we're very friendly (well, I'm not, I've spent a paragraph complaining, but the others are) and we will do our best to make you feel welcome. Especially if you don't take anything too seriously, because I struggle to. Anyway, I might be able to open up a few more spaces, so if there's a waiting list, bung your name on it and I'll see what I can do. Julian.
Imagine…. A world without Facebook…..a world before mobile phones…..goin’ back in time…..re-livin’ the disco days….imagine no more....as Brutus Gold and his Love Train will take you back to the 70s to experience a night of disco music and dancing. Unsure what to expect, check this out: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mg31EZtV4iM Price: Early Bird £12 adv | Standard £15 adv + Booking fee. Booking information: https://opennorwich.org.uk/whats-on/gigs-events/brutus-gold/