There was an excellent turnout for the marathon length walk which was organised by Jim from the Norwich group. Members from various groups across the county took part in the walk which went through beautiful scenery and coast.
Villages and towns visited on the walk included Paston, Edingthorpe, Bacton, Happisburgh, Eccles-on-Sea, Lessingham and Ridlington.
Despite being a Bank Holiday, the weather was fortunately favourable to the twenty walkers taking part in the walk.
More longer walks are being planned over the next few months to the already extensive walking programme offered by the Ramblers. There are short walks of two miles through to these longer 18+ mile walks, offering great variety to members.
Congratulations to those who completed the walk – including some who hadn’t tried a walking challenge of this length before. Also special mention to Andy Coghlan who was walking as part of a charity challenge – more information at:
For those who haven’t yet seen it, King’s Lynn Ramblers have an excellent web-site with photos and updates from past walks. Above is a photo from their web-site which was taken by John Hocknell at the group’s Bluebell and Garlic Walk at Reffley Wood.
After our investment in new path clearance equipment we’ve been able to clear several footpaths in the area already. We will put photos on this site on an ongoing basis to show the work that has been achieved.
Below are two further examples of footpaths which are now passable and many thanks to the volunteers who have been involved with this project.
The photos below show paths at Little Ellingham (FP7) and Great Ellingham (FP12) before and after our work.
A member of Norfolk Ramblers has been instrumental in helping Dereham become the fourth Norfolk town to gain the coveted “Walkers are Welcome” status. This is an award from the national body which is given to locations which are attractive destinations for walkers with high quality information about the local walks.
The planning for the application started when Ken Hawkins, the area secretary for Norfolk Ramblers and the footpath warden for Dereham Town Council, was able to lead an application to secure funding from Breckland District Council to produce 3,000 copies of a Dereham Walks pack. There were two guided walks for members of the public arranged to show local residents what was available just a short distance away.
It wasn’t just Ken’s hard work which has been important in seeing this endorsement as others including Tim Birt, Neil Cliff, Kate Millbank, Dorothy Sneesby, Martin Sneesby, Sue Rothwell and Jean Stratford all played their parts in driving the process forward. They helped to ensure that sufficient public support was demonstrated as 5% of the town needed to get behind the project, which was 900 Dereham residents. Over 950 signatures were achieved thanks to the committee members and other local institutions.
Richard May, the area chairman of Norfolk Ramblers, said:
“This is great news for walkers living in Dereham and another good reason for visitors to come to the town: we’re all proud of the work that Ken and others have put in to not only getting this proposal off the ground, but also by engaging with local residents.”