• Yaxham (near Dereham) - 14 miles : Sunday 27 June 2021

    Yaxham Village Hall

    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.

  • HN: Wicked Weybourne Wander 10.5 miles

    Beach Lane car park

    Hello! I am offering this wicked and wonderful walk starting from Weybourne beach car park which takes in some Norfolk ‘Hills’, a bit of a Military base, some beautiful heathland, a bit of railway action, woodland and cliff tops. Oooh and a trig point. 😀

    I’m calling this walk wicked as it is both most excellent but also quite challenging in places. The first bit of the walk has a fair stretch of stony beach followed by not one but TWO hills, one is quite steep so please bear this in mind!

    Parking is at Weybourne beach road car park. The machine takes cash or cards or phone payments and is around £1.50 per hour going up to £7 for all day.

    There will be a few stops for breaks, and lunch will likely take place in Sheringham park where there are loos and a takeaway cafe for additional snacks and ice creams. There is also plenty of space for people to picnic.

    Please bring suitable clothing/footwear for the weather and plenty of drinks and of course, your lunch!

    It will be a covid secure walk, please remember to bring a face mask and hand gel and socially distance from others.

  • 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
    Tickets: £32.50
    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.

    https://www.ueaticketbookings.co.uk/ents/event/9464/

    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