Thank You to our Walk Leaders

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Everyone at Norfolk Area Ramblers would like to thank our walk leaders for all that they do in leading so many great walks in Norfolk and beyond. There are usually between 50 and 100 walks which take place every month which are run by our Norfolk groups. All the effort the walk leaders put in is really appreciated and thank you again!

For anyone who is tempted to lead a walk, please do let us know, we can provide help and support for your first walk. It’s not too challenging and the area and groups are always on hand to offer assistance. Please always let us know if we can do anything to help.

Keep on walking between Christmas and New Year!


For anyone wanting to get some walks in (to walk off too many mince pies….) between Christmas Day and New Year’s Day there are lots of walks taking place across the county. A list is walks is always available at:

Walks include: (more info on these on the above link)

26/12/2015 – Norwich Group : Boxing Day walk (12 miles) from just outside Brooke.

27/12/2015 – King’s Lynn Group : 4.75 miles from Church Lane South

27/12/2015 – Mid Norfolk Group : 9 miles starting at Brisley (figure of eight walk for those who want to only walk a shorter distance)

27/12/2015 – Hike Norfolk : 8 mile walk from Barton Turf

30/12/2015 – Sheringham Group : 6.5 mile walk starting from Aldborough Green

31/12/2015 – King’s Lynn Group : 6 mile walk starting at Snettisham Beach Car Park

31/12/2015 – Wensum Group : 5 mile walk starting at Forncett St. Mary.

Anyone is welcome to attend a walk, whether a member of Ramblers or just wanting to see what we’re about.

Also, we hope that everyone has a very happy Christmastime and all the best for the new year – just make sure it involves lots of walking!

Sheffield Ramblers in Norfolk in Bid to Reach National Park Highest Points

Sheffield Ramblers Highest Peak

When Sue, Diana and Tony were doing a walk in Ditchingham for the EDP they happened to meet four Ramblers from Sheffield who were celebrating with glasses of wine.

The Sheffield Ramblers were at the top of Bath Hills and they were celebrating reaching the highest point of 15 National Parks. The Norfolk Broads was the last in their expedition so it was a good reason to celebrate!

Unfortunately, even the best laid plans go awry as the Broads Authority have recently amended the highest point to Strumpshaw Hill. Fortunately the Sheffield Ramblers were off there next so their challenge remains complete!

It is also a reminder of the wonderful walking which is available in and around the Norfolk Broads which since early 2015 has been formally known as the Broads National Park.

New Bridge at Topcroft as Memorial for Sheila Smith

A new memorial bridge has been installed at Topcroft to replace the old damaged structure. The council have completed the work in the south Norfolk village following involvement from a Norfolk Ramblers group.

The bridge was identified by Sheila Smith as one which need replacing. She noticed that the bridge needed some work in one of the last walks she was to write for the EDP Norfolk Magazine. Although Sheila had contacted Norfolk County Council regarding the state of the bridge the work hadn’t been completed.

Sheila sadly died in September 2014 and at her funeral donations were collected for a project in her memory which would improve the public rights of way in Norfolk. Sheila was a tireless volunteer for Norfolk Ramblers and as a memorial Southern Norfolk Group members decided to use the monies raised to fund the new bridge. After some protracted discussions with the County Council the work was approved and the group has ensured that the work to replace the bridge was completed.

Southern Norfolk Ramblers will be holding a walk in memory of Sheila on Sunday 10 April 2016 when a plaque on the bridge will be unveiled.


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The above photo shows the bridge before the work took place.

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The completed new bridge.