- HN Deep History Coast Dicovery Trail: Sheringham> East Runton 7.5 Miles
Explore the Deep History Coast along the Discovery Trail which follows the coastline. Walk is Circular. Pace: Expect quite a few short stops and a leisurely pace. We'll make sure nobody is left behind. Walk is beginner friendly. How to prepare: Make sure you grab a snack or two for a short break and something to drink. Footpaths on our route are well maintained but there is a bit of brambles overhanging and nettles here and there so I recommend longer trousers . In case of wet weather we can encounter a lot of mud so I recommend good footwear. Poncho or waterproof jacket handy is always a good idea. Download the Deep History Coast App to get the most fun out of the walk: https://www.visitnorthnorfolk.com/Deep-History-Coast/deep_history_coast_app.aspx Meet at 2 The Esplanade, Sheringham NR26 8LG ; 11 am, next to the Boating Lake SHERINGHAM TO WEST RUNTON The route follows the wide promenade east of the town. Don't miss the slightly hidden turn up the steps to reach the cliff top above. Here you'll find the path and steps up to Beeston Bump. The bump is actually a kame – an ice-giant's pocketful of sand and gravel left behind when the glaciers retreated. The route drops down from the hill by more steps and wends its way along the top of the cliffs, on a relatively flat, grassy path past fields and caravan parks all the way to West Runton Gap. Here, you'll find a beach and café (open mid-March to October). WEST RUNTON TO EAST RUNTON Just south of West Runton Gap slipway, following the clifftop edge and in places detours around small sections already lost to the beach. At Woodhill Park caravan site, the path diverts inland, across a wildflower meadow. Once through the park the route runs beside the main A149 through East Runton village, where this section ends. East Runton to Beeston Regis and then back to Sheringham After East Runton we'll head more inland and back trough Beeston Regis one of the more hilly regions of Norfolk passing trough Incleborough Hill and Beacon Hill we'll make our way back to Sheringham for some warm coffe/tea and cake. New to Hike Norfolk and the Ramblers? Come and walk with us for free to see what we are all about. You can join us for 3 walks without signing up for anything; more info: https://www.ramblers.org.uk/get-involved/become-a-member.aspx
- Hike Norfolk: October Monthly Meal - Brasov Taste of Romania
For our October monthly meal we will be in for something a little bit different….We will be dining at Brasov Taste of Romania. Brasov Taste of Romania is run by Olimpia Sadler and her daughter Denisa Anghel, they serve traditional home cooked Romanian cuisine prepared by a Romanian chef. In addition to the food they also provide Romanian wine and beer. I’ve reserved a table for 12 people at 7:45PM so please RSVP if you would like to join us. Should the event show full, please put yourself on the waiting list if you like, in case there are any cancellations or if I can increase the party size. This meal is open to existing members and anyone who is thinking of joining Hike Norfolk. Our social events aim to bring more people in to the group, so feel free to come along! Thanks – Steve
- Hike Norfolk: Valley of the Ant / Sunday 20 October / 7.5 miles
Join me on this circular hike from Ludham. Starting at Womack Staithe we will walk to the village centre and along Lovers Lane out through the countryside to How Hill where we will explore its secret gardens. From there we will follow Ant Valley* to Ludham bridge and then on to Ludham Hall before retracing our steps along Lovers Lane** to Ludham. Before we finally arrive back at the staithe we can sample the hospitality the village offers by taking refreshments at the Kings Head or Alfresco tearooms. *I’ve only part reccied this walk and did not explore Ant Valley, so can't say for certain if the valley is full of GIANT ANTS of just a valley which follows the River Ant! Clearly as brave walkers we can handle whatever this valley contains.... **I can’t promise you’ll experience any love along Lovers Lane but with two trips along it we are doubling our chances, so who knows what you'll experience! Parking / starting point: Free parking (with a small donation to village) is available at Womack Staithe in Horsefen Road. Nearest postcode: NR295QG Walk info: 1) This will be a leisurely / moderate walk suited for reasonably fit people with at least a little walking experience. Speed wise, we will average 2.5 / 3.0 mph. 2) There will be 1 or 2 breaks for drinks along the way, plus a stop for lunch which you will need to bring with you. 3) New to Hike Norfolk and the Ramblers? Come and walk with us for free to see what we are all about. You can join us for 3 walks without signing up for anything; more info: https://www.ramblers.org.uk/get-involved/become-a-member.aspx Need a lift? Please write in the comments below and we'll try to sort you out a lift. Please post below if you plan to come along so I know who to expect on the day. Thanks – Steve
- Hike Norfolk: Fireworks, Chips & Beer - Friday 8 November
Norwich Big Boom Fireworks The plan is to meet at the Grosvenor Fish Bar on Lower Goat Lane at 19:00 for a chippy tea (optional - but that's what I'm having as it's a Friday after all... ). Then at 19:30 we will go to a secret roof top location* to be ready to view the fireworks at 20:00. (*subject to being able to get on the roof and for those of you who came last year, yes it's the same place). If not, we can watch them from outside of City Hall on St. Peters Street. Afterwards we can grab a drink somewhere, maybe the Birdcage or the Belgian Monk? Please RSVP if you would like to join us This event is open to all, so anyone new to the group is very welcome, even if you've never walked with us before. Our social events aim to bring more people in to the group, as well as being for existing members, so feel free to come along! Steve
- Hike Norfolk: Gig Night - Primal Scream / Wednesday 27 November
“This concert, celebrating the new singles collection Maximum Rock ’N’ Roll, demonstrated just how exciting and varied they have been over the past three and a half decades.” 4* - The Times The release of Primal Scream’s retrospective ‘Maximum Rock ‘n’ Roll – The Singles’ is a timely reminder of one of British music’s most essential bodies of work. And the band celebrated its release with some triumphant shows that demonstrated that their inventive, high octane rock ‘n’ roll remains as essential as ever. Listen to one of their famous songs "Rocks" here: https://youtu.be/Z3ZCZjhjguA Tickets £27.50 stbf | on sale Friday 9am. https://www.ueaticketbookings.co.uk/ents/event/7878/ Steve
- Hike Norfolk: 2019 Christmas Meal & Award Ceremony - Saturday 14 December
REMINDER: Further to my email on 22 September (sent via Meetup) requesting the payment of a £10 deposit for the Christmas Meal, I am still waiting for 28 of the 40 people who requested a space to pay. The deadline for payment is 14 October so there are still a few days to go. In the past I know emailing from Meetup can be a bit hit and miss with Meetup emails go straight into spam folders. So can I ask that you check and confirm that you did receive the email. If not, please message me here on Meetup and I will provide you with my bank details to pay the deposit. Thanks – Steve I am pleased to be able to announce our 2019 Christmas meal will be held at Côte Brasserie in Norwich. The 3 course Christmas menu is £29:95. Deposits (non refundable): I have paid the required deposit on behalf of the group to secure the booking. I will need you to pay me your £10 deposit to reserve your place by Monday 14 October. I will email (via Meetup) my bank details to all who RSVP’d so that you can transfer your £10 deposits. NOTE: If I have not received your deposit by 14 October I will assume you no longer wish to join us and I will remove you from the event. Pre ordering: Pre ordering of meals will be required. I will collate this nearer the time, probably around the end of November. You can view the full menu here: https://www.cote.co.uk/restaurant/norwich/menus/ Gluten-Free menu and allergen information available upon request direct to the restaurant. Full payment: I will be settling the food bill so I will require full payment from everyone when confirming your menu choices or by 30 November at the latest. Drinks: To keep things simple on the night, it will not be possible to charge drinks to the table. Individuals will have to pay for their own drinks as they order them. ===================================================================== On behalf of the Hike Norfolk Committee, it is with great pleasure that we invite you to attend the 2019 Christmas Meal and Award Ceremony. The event will be held on Saturday 14 December. The location, time and ticket cost will be confirmed once we have establish the number of guests attending. If you would like to join us, please RSVP to reserve your place. The closing date for RSVPs is 31 July. We hope to see you there! Steve
- Weekend in Lincoln : 20-22 March 2020
Some of us are staying in the Premier Inn (Broadgate, Lincoln, LN2 5AQ) which is nice and central :) NB: I'm aware that this event filled within a few hours, but I'll make sure that there are many more similar events in 2020 :) How lovely :) ------------------ It's time for a little Hike Norfolk weekend away. We had one of these in Oxford last year and it was very lovely, with plenty of drinking, eating and even some walking. So, what is this? Well, this is primarily a social event, don't expect an 18-mile walk every day. We'll do some strolling about Lincoln in the day, so this means it's an active and healthy thing to do, but I also like visiting Good Beer Guide pubs, so that'll be happening..... Ideally we'll stay in the same hotel on the Friday and Saturday nights, it makes my planning easier. But there will also be other accommodation options in the city for those who prefer. I'll send details of this in due course. I might book a meal in advance, but not that far in advance, as I don't think Lincoln in mid March sells out that quickly. Now, I like history and beer, so these will make an appearance during this weekend. But if you don't like history and beer you can still come along (going to show just how diverse my thinking can be). Don't come if you consider yourself as dead grumpy, I can't be dealing with that. You also don't need to be like Dave, the group's social butterfly, as to be honest, too many sociable and friendly people can get a bit much :) Er, that's it. And a note here on RSVPing. If I don't know who you are and you've cancelled events on me before, please message me before RSVPing as we might need a little discussion :) By this, I just want to confirm that you've actually read this far down my wall of text and haven't just clicked yes to going.... If I know you and you've cancelled on me, then you will already know how angry or not I am with you. That's it. I can cope with eight people.... I'll try and arrange car share. I say 'try' as I don't have a car and it's not up to me....
- Hike Norfolk 2020 Weekend Away - Seven Sisters (17-19 April 2020)
JULY 2019 UPDATE - I've now sent the recommended area that people stay, including some ideas for hotels. Please check your spam folder on your registered e-mail account if you've RSVPed and haven't received it. If you haven't got that message, please try and stay in the BN22 7AQ sort of area. ---- I'm going to start this with a little story.... 11 years ago a fresh-faced Richard May set up what was known as NYWG (Norfolk Young Walkers Group) and this later evolved into Beard. And it was then changed immediately to Hike Norfolk, a mistake in retrospect some of us think as Beard was memorable and unique. But, anyway, I've got distracted already and I haven't started yet. When we were NYWG we held annual trips to Beachy Head and Eastbourne, the hometown of Richard May. We sort of did this every year and we completed nine or ten of them. I've been to all of them, I've just forgotten how many there were. Some had a low attendance (two was the lowest) and some had a high attendance (fourteen was the highest I think). After a gap of a few years, this weekend is back on the calendar. Refreshed, reinvigorated and enhanced. Actually, it'll be nearly the same, but I have to sound on-trend and edgy. So, on the weekend of Friday 17 April to Sunday 19 April 2020 we're going back. FRIDAY 17 APRIL We drive (or get the train) to Eastbourne. We'll try and sort out car sharing. If someone wants to go down in the evening as they can't get the day off, that's fine. We'll eat in a lovely Eastbourne restaurant and go to the pub. There will be a short walk around Eastbourne, the pier, etc, on the Friday. SATURDAY 18 APRIL This is the day of our big walk. For 2020, it's split into two. The long distance walkers will start at around 09:00 (we'll meet near the B&Bs to arrange car share) and will have a different beginning point of the walk. The others will start at 10:30 and the long distance walkers will catch them up. I've actually reccied a new loop for the long distance walkers, it's the lost village of Tidemills near Newhaven. We'll walk along the coast and then go by our usual start point of Exceat Car Park (where the short distance walkers will start from). The long distance walkers should catch up the short distance walkers at Tiger Inn and that'll be our drink stop. We'll then walk together the usual route, getting lunch at a pub and then walking along the Seven Sisters back to the cars. In the evening we'll have a restaurant meal and go to three pubs. SUNDAY 19 APRIL In the morning there will be a short walk with the aim to leave Eastbourne at 13:00. The awards of the weekend will be announced at just before 13:00 and then we all go back home. OK, now, the rules. I'm opening this up to 40 people. You will need to be a member of the Ramblers when we go. Four weeks before the event I'll ask for final numbers so that I can book the meals. It's only at this point that I'll need final numbers and I'll be asking for deposits for the two meals. This is as much a social event as a walking event, so I'm going to assume that everyone going is also coming out in the evenings. RSVPs which are changed before mid-March 2020 aren't a problem, so if you're not sure whether you can go it's fine to mark as yes and then only decide in mid-March 2020. Once non-returnable deposits are paid, because cancellations are causing a complete nightmare for event organisers anyone who doesn't turn up we'll just leave the deposit with the restaurant. That's really it for the rules. Accommodation will be in B&Bs (or wherever you want to stay, but most people go for B&Bs). Ideally could everyone be vaguely near to each other? I'll post details of this in a few weeks in a WhatsApp group I'll set up for the group. How lovely. Julian.
- Weekend in Hull : 15-17 May 2020
As a little trial of this concept, I put on a Lincoln weekend away, similar to the one offered in Oxford last year. This filled up, so I'm putting another little weekend away on the programme, this time to Hull. Some people may say, why Hull? The answer of "why not?" just isn't good enough here, because there are many reasons to go, there's fine pubs, lots of free museums and the Hike Norfolk weekend will have all manner of wonderful company. This isn't a heavy weekend of walking, it's exploring the city and meandering around, so there are no long walks to contend with. I'll send round details of what hotel I'm in, others can choose whether to stay in the same location or elsewhere. I'm pinching the below paragraphs from the Lincoln weekend, as they still apply! Now, I like history and beer, so these will make an appearance during this weekend. But if you don't like history and beer you can still come along (going to show just how diverse my thinking can be). Don't come if you consider yourself as dead grumpy, I can't be dealing with that. You also don't need to be like Dave, the group's social butterfly, as to be honest, too many sociable and friendly people can get a bit much :) Er, that's it. And a note here on RSVPing. If I don't know who you are and you've cancelled events on me before, please message me before RSVPing as we might need a little discussion :) By this, I just want to confirm that you've actually read this far down my wall of text and haven't just clicked yes to going.... If I know you and you've cancelled on me, then you will already know how angry or not I am with you. That's it. I can cope with eight people.... I'll try and arrange car share. I say 'try' as I don't have a car and it's not up to me.... Thanks! Julian.
- Hike Norfolk Annual Long Distance Walk 2020 : 6-13 June 2020
In 2017 we held our first long distance event, which was walking Hadrian's Wall, in 2018 it was Ridgeway and in 2019 it was the Isle of Wight. In 2020 it will be the Yorkshire Wolds and how exciting it will be! To ensure a quality feel to the event, Steve will be joint leading this marvellous expedition, whilst Julian (me) will find some quite wonderful pubs and restaurants to visit along the way. And I'll also add some history. Lots of history. It's just shy of 80 miles across 6 days, and the LDWA describe the walk as: "A journey from the Humber estuary to the dramatic Cleveland coast through the gentle chalk hills of the Yorkshire Wolds in typical downland scenery, with chalk grassland peppered with poppies, patches of woodlands and dry valleys. The trail was originally an initiative of the Ramblers Association and went on to become the tenth National Trail launched by the then Countryside Commission. The Trail first goes west along the River Humber and then north around the western edge of the Yorkshire Wolds, in woods and across arable land through Thixendale, and along the northern escarpment of the Wolds that rises to over 600ft. It travels on ridges and through dry valleys and sheep pasture to reach the coast at Filey and the fine headland of Filey Brigg. At Filey it meets the Cleveland Way National Trail, enabling walkers to take a longer continuous route on these two National Trails." Everyone going must be members of the Ramblers at the time of the trip, and must be used to walking these sort of distances. We'll have a first aid kit, but try not to do anything dramatic involving an ambulance or anything similar. Details of the accommodation will be detailed shortly in the WhatsApp group which will be set up for the event. The number of people on the walk will be around eight, but join the waiting list if the event fills.