- Sunday 18 April 2021 : Drayton - 7 miles
We're allowed to walk again, wooo! How lovely :) NB, although we can walk in larger group sizes, I'm limiting this walk to 12 people at my own choice as that's the most I can manage given current circumstances. I'll be hoping to find a backmarker on the day.
This is a little 7 mile meander that will start in Drayton. Meet at 10:00. There will be history, water, road, gossip, fields and this is a no snakes guaranteed walk (I shall stomp a lot).
More details soon, I haven't reccied it yet. Please note that this walk will be Ramblers Covid-19 rules compliant and I will complete a risk assessment. It is Ramblers members only and I will need to see a membership card (digital or paper).
A pub visit after is potentially possible for a small number to meet national rules, I'll see what can be arranged.
I'm afraid car sharing cannot be organised due to Covid-19 rules, sorry, but there is a bus route (which is how I'm getting there).
Please only RSVP if you can definitely make it. Don't forget to bring water or something alcoholic. And food, I recommend crisps and cheese & pickle sandwiches. But these aren't essential.
- Ringland Ramble 8.7 miles
This is a nice walk starting in Ringland which includes quiet country lanes, woody farmland tracks, a few small hills and even a trig pillar!
There will be drink stops and a lunch stop part way through. Please wear appropriate clothing and footwear as some paths can be wet or muddy depending on the weather. Dogs must be on a lead.
Starting at St Peter’s Church NR8 6JJ, on the corner of Weston Road and The Street in Ringland. There is ample parking for cars on the green outside of the church.
Please bring your Ramblers membership card /number with you on the day as I will need to take a register for Covid contact tracing.
If you are not able to come on the day please amend your rsvp on here in order that someone on the waiting list can take your place.
- Hike Norfolk goes Camping - Peak District - 21 / 24 May
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.
- Hike Norfolk 2021 Weekend Away - Seven Sisters (20-22 August 2021)
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.
- Hike Norfolk Holiday : Cotswold Ring (61 miles - 19-26 September 2021)
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 :)
- Hike Norfolk: Gig Night - The Stranglers @ UEA / 1 Feb 2022
Please note, I’ve already got my ticket. If you’re coming you’ll need to buy your own from the link below.
One of the UK’s most exciting, credible and influential British groups, The Stranglers have announced an extensive full production UK tour in October and November 2020 and have confirmed that this will be the last time they intend to play together in this way. The band have stated that this will be their final extensive tour of the UK and whilst they may not be checking out completely just yet this will be the last opportunity to see them playing together in a comprehensive touring format.
The band promise a set that will be covering tracks from their extensive catalogue spanning over 45 years. As always, audiences can expect to be swept up high on the wave of The Stranglers’ powerful sound, pounding rhythms, soaring melodies, quirky humour and thrillingly daring musicianship for an exhilarating live experience. Due to overwhelming demand from the band’s fans is has been decided to invite Ruts DC to be special guests.
Venue: The LCR / UEA Norwich
To Book: https://www.ueaticketbookings.co.uk/ents/event/10650/
- Hike Norfolk: Gig Night - Paul Weller @ the UEA / 3 December
UEA University of East Anglia, lecture theatre 1 7-8pm (doors open 6.30pm), followed by a book signing in Waterstones
UPDATE: Tickets go on sale at 09:00 Friday 1 November.
Thanks - Steve
Paul Weller announces his first UK tour since 2017 with 12 dates lined up in May 2020. Paul has recently been in the studio writing and playing new songs. The fruits of these labours will surface in the new year…watch this space! Tickets: £45.00 (Pre Sale) tickets are subject to a 10% booking fee