There is a short walk taking place on Sunday 25 October 2015 which will mark the opening of a new bridge on a well used footpath in the Fritton / Shelton area (FP5). The bridge has been financed and constructed by Rod Webster, a member of the Wensum Group Ramblers, in memory of his daughter Sharon, who sadly passed away three years ago after a long battle with breast cancer. Sharon encouraged her dad Rod and her mum Janet to join the Ramblers several years ago.
Rod mentions that he was encouraged to start work on the project following a recce with five members of the Wensum Group who were forced to throw wood into a muddy puddle to get across. He also discovered that his new winter walking boots were not as waterproof as he had hoped!
The Wensum Group, part of Norfolk Area Ramblers, offered to help fund the new bridge but Rod has, through some trials and tribulations, has been able to complete the work himself. Local land-owners were helpful and the parish council also offered assistance.
The walk starts at 2pm from Morningthorpe Church (Grid Ref E237 / L134 218925) and the post-code is NR15 2QL. Everyone is very welcome. There is around a one mile walk to the site where a memorial plaque naming the bridge “Sharon’s bridge” will be unveiled. This is then followed by a short three mile optional walk afterwards.
Below is an update on closed paths that Norfolk Area Ramblers are aware of across the county. To report any other closed paths or problems please contact Ian Mitchell, the area’s footpath co-ordinator.
1. Members have found that the path out from Chedgrave beside the River Chet and Hardley Flood is overgrown and that the bridge is damaged. There is a legal closure notice on the path for the time being, until the path and bridge are repaired which may take all winter.
We have offered to make a contribution to repair of this bridge.
2. The river bank path from Santon Downham bridge to Brandon is closed for river restoration, tree felling and surface improvement until 14 April 2016. Alternative paths away from the river are on the Suffolk side or in the forest north of the railway.
3. The river bank path (FP22) west of Cantley for about a mile to beyond FP23 will be closed till 25 April 2016 for flood defence maintenance works. There is no reasonable alternative.
4. The section of bank path from Martham, Damgate eastward round the south end of Martham Broad towards West Somerton is closed till 12 April 2016 for flood defence works.
5. Ludham FP26 beside Womack Water to the River Thurne has already been closed since the summer for flood defence maintenance and this is expected to continue till 2 February.
King’s Lynn group were fortunate enough to see a tidal bore on the River Ouse during one of their recent walks.
A tidal bore is when water flows up the river against the general direction of the water. Although it meant a 30 minute wait to see the natural phenomenon the walkers felt it was worth waiting to see!
Further information about the walk is available on the King’s Lynn Ramblers web-site.
King’s Lynn is one of the ten groups which operate as part of Norfolk Area Ramblers. Any member of the Ramblers is more than welcome to walk with any Ramblers group in the country on one of tens of thousands of led walks which take place each year.
Nine walkers from Hike Norfolk have completed a walking weekend in the Eastbourne area of Sussex. There was a long walk which took place around the Beachy Head, East Dean and Seven Sisters area on the Saturday and then a walk at the Long Man of Wilmington on the Sunday.
The event will take place again in 2016 and all members of the Ramblers are very welcome, not just those from Hike Norfolk. All that’s required is a love of walking! More details will be made available on the Hike Norfolk forum in the next few weeks.
Some photos from the weekend are below:
A photo taken on Eastbourne Pier (after a pub night on the first evening) showing the damage done by last year’s fire.
Richard enjoying his drink at the Beachy Head pub.
View of the Seven Sisters – lots of ups and downs.
Looking towards Seven Sisters and the Cuckmere Valley.
Second day of walking at Wilmington – outline of long man just visible.
Walkers coming over the valley.
We weren’t short of blackberries.
Richard reading the route directions.
Start of the walk
Long man of Wilmington.,
St. Mary and St. Peter’s Church in Wilmington – one of the smallest in the country.
A walk led by Neil from Norwich Ramblers has helped to raise £132 for the Children in Need charity.
There were around thirty walkers who took part on the walk in Holkham and excellent weather helped it to be a memorable event in a beautiful area of the county.