Norfolk Walking Festival details announced by Norfolk County Council

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Operated by Norfolk County Council, the Norfolk Walking Festival will take place this year from Saturday 17 October to Sunday 1 November.

These two weeks are packed with over 40 walks and talks for all ages and abilities, during which we’ll be showcasing the beautiful countryside, wildlife and heritage in the area around our newest stretch of Norfolk Coast Path (Weybourne to Sea Palling).

With topics ranging from the life and death of trees, autumn wildflowers, discovering lost villages…..and of course a beer related walk, there’s something for everyone.

We’re very excited to host a stargazing evening with TV Astronomer Mark Thompson and a fascinating illustrated talk on Norfolk’s Deep History Coast with Dr Nick Ashton – the British Museum’s Curator of Palaeolithic and Mesolithic Collections (both events include cheese and wine).

There are some special family events too at the weekends and during half-term week, like the ‘Walk, Talk, Create’ theatre walk at Happisburgh, ‘Creepy Caches Halloween Geocache Walk’ at Sea Palling or ‘Horrible Halloween Trail’ at Sheringham Park.

Further information is available at:

http://www.norfolk.gov.uk/leisure_and_culture/norfolk_trails/index.htm

Norfolk Ramblers get involved with Big Pathwatch

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Norfolk Ramblers have been getting involved with the new Big Pathwatch project run by the Ramblers nationally. The aim is to get as many people as possible walking paths across England and Wales to build up a picture of the state of the nation’s footpaths.

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Richard May, a member of Hike Norfolk and a national trustee, has used the app, which is free to download, to check the state of the footpaths in numerous ‘squares’. In the above picture Richard was checking a footpath near to Dereham and reporting the results back using the app.

Further information about the Big Pathwatch is available at http://www.ramblers.org.uk/bigpathwatch.

Volunteers always needed!

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Norfolk Area Ramblers is always in need of more volunteers to help with our work and there are lots of ways of becoming involved.

There are many ways of helping out and we are *always* glad to hear of any potential offers of assistance and help.

Some examples of the help that we could use are:

– it might be leading a walk for one of our groups

– it might be leading an occasional walk for a more specific reason (someone really interested in history might lead a specialist walk in their local area on behalf of a couple of groups)

– it might be someone wanting to help for an hour at a show or just keeping us informed of any new shows or events

– it might be someone who can put our leaflets up at their office

– it might be someone just helping a regular leader recce a walk

– it might be someone who is prepared to help recce walks just before they’re sent to the local newspaper

– it might be checking whether a footpath can still be accessed

We also hope to do some path clearance and boardwalk construction ourselves or offer assistance with helping research rights of way.

Please do send us an e-mail if you can help and we can offer suggestions! If you would like a call back then let us know so that we can discuss the options available.

Norfolk Ramblers are at the 2015 Wayland Show near Watton

Norfolk Ramblers had a stand at the Wayland Show today and many thanks for all those who came to visit us, both members and those interested in joining.

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We were able to help with questions on footpath problems and how to report issues, as well as offering details on our range of walks and all of the local groups in the Norfolk area. In addition we were also able to offer badges, balloons and pens to lots of children (and adults!).

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We were also situated opposite the main ring so had a good view of the brave motor-cyclists in their display team! We were lucky with the weather and will hopefully be attending the show again in August 2016.

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Thanks to Clive, Adele, Julian, Peter and Sarah for their help manning the stand!