Walk 50 7th December: Cromer to Overstrand and Northrepps and back
We had always planned the final walk from Cromer, finishing on the pier with Fish and Chips. The tidal surge which has devastated much of the Norfolk coast earlier in the week had ended that idea. The pier was shut, all the beach huts smashed and the sea defences and wall had taken a real battering leaving a war-like scene of devastation. On a positive note, the Christmas lights were being switched on in the town and we stayed to sing carols and enjoy the festival. So to the walk: Over the cliff to Overstrand. Then along the battered prom eventually taking a turn inland to walk through woods and fields, passing Shrieking Pit, where poor Esmerelda drowned in 1782. Eventually taking us the Foundry pub in the village of Northrepps. Then back to Overstrand and this time along the beach to finish the 50 as close as we could get to Cromer Pier.
Walk 49 30th November : Sheringham Park and the North Norfolk Coast Path to Kelling
Through Sheringham Park and, amazingly, some flowering Rhododendrons to the Coast path and then headed West toward the sunset, but we couldn't get that far in one day. So instead, cut inland at Kelling and to the quirky tea /reading rooms for refreshment. Then up to Kelling Heath and along the side of the North Norfolk railway, past Weybourne Station and back to Sheringham Park just before they locked the gates at dusk. After, headed into Holt with great guest walkers Max and Jen to see the cute Christmas lights. The rain held off, which was just as well as I was too lazy to carry waterproofs.
Walk 48 23rd November : Lowestoft to Beccles along the River Waveney
The intention was to catch a train first and walk back from Beccles to Lowestoft. But after a bit of confusion and no Signal Man we had to do the walk first, the other way around. So started along the semi-working, semi-derelict docks of Lowestoft, toward Oulton Broad, then picked up the Angles way along the River Waveney to Beccles. Recent rain had made the walk along the river bank mildly muddy, but a great walk and lots of chatter with Andy and Elaine.
Walk 47 9th November : Acle to Great Yarmouth along the River Bure
A train ride from Great Yarmouth to Acle, and then the walk, back to the pier in Yarmouth. Starting in Acle, at Damgate Lane, then a small section of the Weaver’s Way until the top end of Tunstall Dyke. Both path and dyke very overgrown, not even a canoe could navigate the water now, never mind the Wherries who last visited 100 years ago. Then along the river Bure, all the way to the seafront at Yarmouth, passing marshes and many mills, mostly derelict – the oldest being the 300 year old Smock Mill at Tunstall Dyke. Final stretch along Paddy’s Loke (a green lane) into the town, through the charity shops and poundland ringed Market Square to the pier. Being a cold wet Saturday afternoon in the ‘closed’ season, everything was closed and boarded up for the day – except the American Diner which offered a splendid cup of tea.
Walk 46 31st October: Maiden Moor, High Spy, Dale Head and Robinson, from Little Town
A steep, high, dry, tiring, awesome and gale-blowing hike up over the hills near Dale Head. The Gale was blowing most of the way, but we started calm in the little town of Little Town. So little that you wouldn’t know it was there! Up onto Maiden Moor brings views over Derwent Water and in the distance Keswick. The moor itself is bleak, remote and stunning. Going down the hill again for lunch at Dale Head Tarn ready for the climb back up to Dale Head itself, then down and up again to Robinson and following the beck down to the little church at Little Town, which was a convenient a peaceful shelter form the only heavy shower of the day.
Walk 45 30th October: Borrowdale – from Seatoller to Derwent Water, via Grange
Weather forecasted grim-ness. It wasn’t wrong. Last hour was very wet. Set off from Seatoller in relative dry-ness along Borrowdale towards Castle Crag. Borrowdale is one of the most pretty dales in the Lakes. Fairly gentle and lots of trees. Arrived in Grange for a morning coffee and then through Manesty Park (woods) to the shore of Derwent Water. Mostly flooded at this end of the lake, but picked our way to Grange and then along the river Derwent back to Rosthwaite and finally Seatoller and a ride to Keswick to dry out in another tea shop.
Walk 44 29th October: The fells ringing Loweswater
Our first ever walk around Loweswater, but detouring over the fells to extend to the statutory 10 miles! The old Mosser road made for the first incline up towards Mosser Fell. The road must have been tarmacked in the early 1900’s but can’t have been repaired for 50 years, so only suitable for feet now. At High Mosser turned back down muddy field tracks towards Loweswater and then along the beautifully wooded southern bank. Stopping at the best pub in the Lakes, the Kirkstile Inn, for a bonus pint of Loweswater Gold. Across the fields to the Northern end of Crummock and through Lanthwaite wood to the holiday cottage. A great low level walk, without the promised rain - another bonus!
Walk 43 28th October: Great Gable; in the mist again
Seatoller was our starting point, wandering along the river towards Seathwaite, getting our legs ready for the big climb, up Base Brown, Green Gable and finally Great Gable. Pretty wet and misty, blowy and cold. But hey, this is Cumbria and the Lakes, so we didn’t get put off by not being able to see the 899 metre summit of Great. There was no one, literally no one atop the peak. Last time we were here t’was more like Piccadilly Circus. A steep climb down was followed by the rise up to Sprinkling Tarn and then in the rapidly dwindling light back down the multi waterfalled path leading to Stockley Bridge and back to Seatoller. Probably my favourite walk and certainly the highest of the 50.
Walk 42 27th October: The Crummock Circle
Starting at the North end of Crummock Water, we left Scale Hill after the worst of the rain had passed. The wind made for an interesting and wet start as the lake was blowing into the air and our faces. Scale Force waterfalls were impressive and hopping across the boulders of Buttermere Dubs was fun. The Bridge provided mid-walk refreshment once again before the start of the return along the banks of the lake, following a new (to us) path. Rain held off. Tonight is the night of the predicted ‘big storm’.
Walk 41 26th October: The hills around Buttermere
A rather steep ascent up to the top of Red Pike got us puffing and panting. Then we set off along the ridge toward High Style, although with the mist coming down it wasn’t the easiest track to find. But we found it! Coming down the scree from High Crag was certainly pretty slippery in the gale and rain. But we live to tell the tale. Then back up again over Haystacks and down to the banks of Buttermere and the beckoning beer at the Bridge Hotel.
Walk 40 19th October: Marriot’s Way: Attlebridge to Whitwell, back via Swannington
Warm autumn afternoon amble from Attlebridge along the Marriot's Way to Whitwell. A curious old station gradually being returned to the 1960s after its sad demise. Leaving the disused railway path we wandered through the lanes and fields to Swannington and then across the unexpected common at Alderford. Daniel and Becca were our faithful ‘guest walkers’ helping us get to the 80% mark. Shame the faithful folk of Little Witchingham left St Faith’s in the 1930s leaving an empty shell which may be the only indoor photo in our 50 walks journey.
Walk 39 6th October: Wherrymans Way: The Marches around Berney Arms
This was the most stunning walk combining Wherryman and Weavers ways for a stretch along the river Yare. Superb sunshine for early October helped make the walk across the marches between Acle and Yarmouth. Passed various wind pumps, most with the sales replaced by electric motors, with the modern wind turbines in the North Sea background generating said electricity to power the old mills. Barney was the tallest wind pump and next door was the great Barney Arms. No roads, but still serving great ale (Woodfordes Wherry of course).
Walk 38 5th October: Wherrymans Way: Woods End, Surlingham, Rockland St Mary
Woods end has become the Water’s Edge pub – when did that happen? This weekend was meant to be the whole Wherrymans Way, but too many path closures and diversions put us off the idea, so we walked a couple of sections instead. Today the old haunt of Bramerton along the river through Surlingham and then back through Rockland.
Walk 37 29th September: Thetford Forest with some Peddars Way
Started this stunning autumn walk on the pre-Roman Peddars Way (from the Latin pedester – on foot). First mapped in the 16th Century, but first walked 3,000 years ago. Cool. Stop one: The Dog and Partridge for local brewed ale. Stop two: Roudham to learn where St Andrew’s church was burnt down in 1736 (lesson: don’t repair a thatched roof whilst smoking a pipe!). Then a couple more villages and fantastic forest trails, even including a stretch alongside the River Thet. All in all a most pleasant and peaceful Sunday afternoon.
Walk 36 27th September: Bacton inland to Mundesley and coast back
The Gas Terminal at Bacton may not sound great, but we hardly saw it! Instead walked along the quintessentially English quiet lanes (they were even signposted as such), rolling fields, abundant blackberries and cute villages. The promised lunch in Trunch didn't really appear, so we ate crisps and drank beer. Saving ourselves for the best Norfolk Apple Cake ever in Mundesley. Then the walk back along the deserted beach to Bacton reminiscing about our last visit 28 years ago, when we didn't have a car!
Walk 35: 15th September: Beccles along the Angles Way and the River Waveney
This walk very nearly didn't happen because of the rain pouring and gale blowing just before we started. But needs must! We were rewarded with a relatively dry trail along the Norfolk - Suffolk border and the banks of the River Waveney. Walking alongside cow grazed water meadows and then on the river bank through Beccles, which was particularly lovely. As was the best ice-cream of the year. Easily. Straight form Jersey and enjoyed in the middle of the predicted rain.
Walk 34: 8th September: Pingo Trail deep in Thetford Forest
A Pingo is the deep hollow (muddy and marshy) remaining after ‘bubbles’ in glaciers retreated and melted. Apparently. There were lots on this terrific trail through some remote parts of Thetford Forest. Starting with a stretch on an old disused railway and finishing through a nature reserve at Thompson Water. The stretch of Peddars in the middle added a third and different aspect to a most splendid walk which had to be extended at the end through Thompson village to ensure that the mandatory ten miles were completed.
Walk 33: 7th September: Old/New Buckenham to Carelton Rode via the Tas Valley Trail
New Buckenham looked a bit older than Old Buckenham – but both were lovely villages in the fairly flat farmland of South Norfolk. The old castle at New Buckenham couldn't be accessed but we did find the relatively new Tas Valley Trail which wound its sometimes signposted way along fields and lanes almost as far as Cartelon Rode. In need of new refreshment we remembered that the old and newly renovated Baptist Church at Carleton Rode has recently opened a Saturday afternoon coffee shop which was ideal as we were in the middle of nowhere.
Walk 32: 31st August: Dillam to Stalham via the Dilham to North Walsham Canal
Today’s walk was surprising - because we had no idea there was a canal only 5 miles from home. Opened in 1826 with a final sad journey in 1934, the Canal Company never made any money and suffered from some rather dubious financial mismanagement. But the canal did mean that the famous Norfolk Wherries could continue from the River Ant as far as North Walsham. At Honing Lock we left the canal for a walk into Stalham along the disused railway, now part of the Weavers' Way. To add to the sad sense of closed business, we browsed in the plethora of charity shops in Stalham. The big surprise however, we decided, was that the canal stretch was one of our favourite sections of walk this year.
Walk 31: 18th August: Potter Heigham to Thurne along the Bure and back
Second walk of the weekend incorporating the infamous Potter Heigham Bridge. This time walking south along the Bure bank until we were tired enough to turn back and retrace our steps. The winding river, sails and tall reeds made for an intriguing sight of boats tacking across the fields. More butter and dragon flies kept us company along the way along with very happy holiday makers enjoying the August sun in the Norfolk Broads. Bliss. Another section of the Weavers Way completed. Definitely feels like we are well on the way to completing the 50.
Walk 30: 17th August: Hickling Heath to Potter Heigham
Lots of thinking time this weekend. Sorry to cancel guest walkers but we weren’t a lot of fun! The two walks were not at all strenuous and lent themselves to contemplations and reflections. Starting on the broad side at Hickling Heath a stroll along the lanes took us to the edge of the marches on Hickling Broad which were teaming with butterflies and dragon flies. Stunning. Eventually joining the river Bure to walk into Potter Heigham and watch people attempting to navigate their boats under the bridge. Short cut back to Hickling Health followed by sausages at Horsey Mere.
Walk 29: 28th July: Sandwich Bay, Kent photos
Twelve guest walkers must be a record – a great start to a family holiday in Kent. Walking from Sandwich Town across the dunes and golf course (St George’s) and then for a good few miles along the sand of Sandwich Bay towards Ramsgate. This walk will stick with me forever when I remember the great week we spent with Dad. The field of beans (at least that’s what I thought) on picture 24 will also stick with me as my tasting of said beans appears to have created a bad reaction in my tum – assuming it wasn't the small glass of wine I took to celebrate the walk!
Walk 28: 21st July: Dunwich Heath, Villae and Beach and (part of) the Sandlings walk photos
Spent most of the day in the sea mist on the Suffolk coast path in and around Dunwich Heath. Britain's rarest wildlife habitat is lowland heath and we saw plenty of it on the Sandlings Walk. Cut inland near Sizewell and then up (north) to Dunwich Village (ex City before it was washed into the sea in 1286). Fish and Chips in the car park at Dunwich was preceded by a pint in the Eel’s Foot Inn. (Name apparently derived either from Heels Foot (was originally a cobblers cottage), Eels Boot (reed basket for catching Eels) or Neale’s Boot (the priest Neale caught the Devil in his boot)). Walk completed with a beach stretch south to the National Trust Coastguard cottages on Dunwich Heath. The Beach part will always be remembered as the walk with my Grandad almost 20 years ago.
Walk 27: 13th July: Burnham Overy Staithe to Old Hunstanton photos
Jumped on the Coasthopper bus to take us away from the parked car to Burnham Overy Staithe ready for the trek back west to Old Hunstanton along the North Norfolk coast path. Mostly marshes to Brancaster and Thornham followed by a beautiful stretch to Holme on dunes and finally beach to the small cliffs at Old Hunstanton. Pint at the Jolly Sailor (Brancaster Staithe). Tea at the Old Coach House (Thornham). Couldn’t believe how much the bus cost – it was practically free!
Walk 26: 13th July: Cley Beach to Holt photos
Hottest day of the year so far, thankfully a cooling breeze on Cley Beach made for a perfect picnic lunch spot with Cley Deli bread and olives. A few miles of stones and cobbles was hard work in the heat, but the scenery was splendid and Kelling Heath was equally quiet and beautiful. A short drive to the Pigs at Edgefield for a highly recommended meal with highly recommended guest walkers Pete and June.
Walk 25: 29th June: North Walsham to Cromer along the Weavers' Way (Via Blickling and Felbrigg Halls) photos
A long one today – 25 miles which I guess was appropriate for the 25th walk. Along a section of the Weavers’ Way - named after the once important (but now dead) weaving industry, which flourished in the Middle Ages around North Walsham. Walking along a railway line to Aylsham (railway also now dead), then through butterfly and bee filled fields, along quiet lanes taking us to Blickling Hall and through their park (having stopped for coffee and a quick look at the gardens). Then on to Aldborough for an afternoon beer and village cricket (watching only) and eventually to Felbrigg (tea shop long since closed). Finally onto the very welcome pier at Cromer - with customary Fish and Chips watching the setting sun. Train ride back to the start made for a full, tiring and rather lovely day out.
Walk 24: 22nd June: Blakeney, Cley, Wiveton and Glanford photos
New boots for a favourite walk and a great day helping to celebrate another 50th birthday, Mr P. Breakfasted with Bacon Baps at Blakeney Quay, walked along the coast to Cley and the lanes to Wiveton. At Glanford Ford a chat with a lovely old boy sharing some local history. Coffee and music (thank you Purcell School) at Glanford’s Art Café and then birthday picnic and the day’s bottle of red (claret, nice!) on the Blakeney Esker (Wiveton Down). Then back over the fields and the nearly repaired coast-path/sea-defence heading returning east into Blakeney for a final cup of tea.
Walk 23: 14th June: Neatishead to Tunstead via Cangate and Ashmanaugh - and back photos
An evening walking in the sunshine along the lanes and fields around home. Summer has arrived, for at least a day. Lots of farming to admire and photograph: potatoes, strawberries, barley and wheat. Such exciting things happen where we live. The Wherry (beer) at the splendid Olive Branch was well worth the hike and the pub is definitely recommended – next time we’ll have supper there, but it would be hard to beat the cold frittata and strawberries watching the sun set over the sugar beet.
Walk 22: 2nd June: WHW Part 8 Kinlochleven to Fort William photos
Brilliant last day of the WHW walking high over the hills near Ben Nevis. Few clouds, so one of the few days of the year when the top is in view. One little detour up to a 2000 year old hill fort, Fort Dunlair. Last couple of miles back down to ground level along the side of a road into Fort William - but hey, can soon forget that bit. Recommend the Grog and Gruel for a well earned celebratory ale.
Walk 21: 1st June: WHW Part 7 King's House to Kinlochleven photos
Was pleased to ditch my boots (yes really!) and then leave the main road and head up into the hills around Glen Coe. Walking up 'devil's staircase' and then across the top and dropping down much farther than we gained into Kinlockleven. A little detour to climb a small hill Stob Mhic Mharttum whose name alone meant it had to be conquered on a relatively short days walk. Loved being up high in the highlands.
Walk 20: 31st May : WHW Part 6 Inveroran Hotel to King's House Hotel (Rannoch Moor) photos
The day of the midges never materialised, instead we had a most pleasant and quiet walk over Rannoch Moor - along what was an old drove road built around 1850 and ending it's useful life for drovers in 1933 - the year my dad was born. Didn't really see much sign of life other than heather, reeds and grass over the peat. Some sign of life at the Glen Coe ski resort. The road was still in good order which is more than I can say for my boots which I discarded when we arrived at the King's House.
Walk 19: 30th May : WHW Part 5 Tyndrum to Inveroran Hotel photos
Relaxing 'day' walking mostly along the military road through pretty outstanding mountain scenery - although not having to do any big climbs ourselves. Two impressive bridges built in 1750 too. Great decent down to the Inveronan hotel; a very remote yet idyllic place to spend night five.
Walk 18: 29th May : WHW Part 4 Inverarnan to Tyndrum photos
In the hills proper at last - can see snow on top but we're not that high. Lots of walking along rivers, plus bits over moorland and through forest. Passed 8th century priory and graveyard of St Fillan. And some of today along the 1724 military road built by the English.
Walk 17: 28th May : WHW Part 3 Rowardennan to Inverarnan (Loch Lomond) photos
More Loch Lomond today. Fifteen miles of it but that was a good thing. On, or near, the shore line. Through oak and pine woodlands. Quite rugged and tough with climbs, scrambles, boulders, roots and the constant bluebells which were stunning. Left the loch behind and finished at a quaint, if somewhat odd, 17th century Drovers Inn for supper and a sing along..
Walk 16: 27th May : WHW Part 2 Drymen to Rowardennan photos
Today we were promised rain all day but in the end it was just some light drizzle in the morning - meaning we got some great views over the hills and Loch Lomond. Walked through lots of forest too: pine, birch and oak. Up and over just one (Conic) hill and arrived at the Rowardennan hotel in plenty of time for an ale.
Walk 15: 26th May: WHW (West Highland Way) Part 1 Milngavie to Drymen photos
Off to a good start on the West Highland Way. Left Glasgow and 'civilisation' behind to be replaced by gentle hills, streams and an abundance of bluebells. Can see the mountains ahead but nothing too strenuous today. Arrived at Drymen (Hillview) around 3.00 for a well-earned cup of tea. Choice of two pubs tonight.
Walk 14: 18th May: Foxley Wood, Marriot's Way (Themelthorpe Curve) and Reepham photos
Mid-afternoon start at the ancient Foxley Wood, where the renowned bluebells did not disappoint. Neither did the wild orchids. Then joined the Marriot’s way at Themelthorpe Curve, once the sharpest bend on the British Railway network, whose rails were removed in 1985. Jumped off the old line at Reepham for an early evening beer at the Kings Arms. And then back onto the ‘tracks’, at Whitwell Station to return to Foxley, trying to avoid the badgers’ sets that were causing the embankment to crumble.
Walk 13: 4th May: Horsey mere, Horsey gap and Winterton-on-Sea photos
Perfect Spring day on the Norfolk coast. Parked at Horsey mere, walking around the broad, across fields to Horsey gap, south along the beach and dunes to Winterton and then back inland along the river to Horsey. Seaside was deserted until we came across a few hundred seals basking and barking and bullying each other, an unexpected delight. Wherry at Winterton’s Fishermans Return, son guest walking and sun shining were each anticipated delights.
Walk 12: 21st April: Boudicca Way Part 3 & 4: Tasburgh to Shotesham to Norwich photos
Just two today to complete the second 18 mile stage of Boadicea’s Way. Thought I’d give the alternative version of her name. Second stage just as stunning. Blisters just as sore. Adnam’s at Shotesham just as quenching. Found no Roman artefacts and no Iceni relics. In fact no shops on either day to add to collection of mementos. A very quiet walk mostly along fields and green lanes and small woods. Didn’t hear the first cuckoo of Spring, but it has definitely arrived. Our arrival in Norwich at an electricity substation on busy bypass brought home the reality of city dwelling after 2 days of perfect bliss.
Walk 11: 20th April: Boudicca Way Part 1 & 2: Diss to Pulham Market to Tasburgh photos
Having travelled by train to Diss, we located the beginning of the Boudicca Way with our fine friends and guest walkers Pete and June and began the march, or rather meander, through the marvellous south Norfolk countryside back to Norwich. Apparently along a similar (at most I fear!) route of the famous Iceni queen in her rebellion against Rome. The sun shone, the way was well marked and our only error was when not concentrating. The crown at Pulham Market provided well-earned refreshment, and after 18 or so happy miles we arrived at the half way point at Tasburgh.
Walk 10: 13th April: Brandon (Thetford Forest), Little Ouse and St Edmund Way photos
Brandon is in Thetford Forest, our first ever trip to the town after 28 years in Norfolk! Walked along the Little Ouse to Santon Downham and then through forest tracks and glades to Two Mile Bottom. A pilgrimage back along the St. Edmund Way to complete a very pleasant and easy going 11.5 miles.
So, 20% of the year’s walks completed, after 37% of available days….need to do some catching up!
So, 20% of the year’s walks completed, after 37% of available days….need to do some catching up!
A trip down to the West Country with a welcome walk along the canal tow path. Not only did we have the sunshine of our lives with us (yes, Becca), but the yellow disc, hidden for so long, also came out to brighten up the photos. The approach to Bath through the tunnels was simply beautiful, almost Venetian. Not sure that the extra three miles at the end sauntering around the shops did my sore legs any good!
Walk 8: 30th March: Wroxham station to Aylsham along the Bure Valley railway photos
Last march of March –and winter still has its grip. Walked from the narrow gauge railway station at Wroxham all the way along the side of the track to Aylsham. No chance of getting lost or taking the wrong turn! Then a treat by catching a ride back on the steam train, having stopped off in Aylsham for refreshments. Phillip and Ginnie provided good company and made us smile – especially waving like mad from the train to poor unsuspecting walkers.
Walk 7: 23rd March: Buxton to Coltishall beside the River Bure photos
A month has passed. A month of cold snow, bitter wind and wet (well it is) rain. So got ourselves well wrapped up and ventured out. What a good idea. Maybe my favourite walk so far - one never walked (by us) before. Along the banks of the Bure between Buxton and Coltishall. Surely this really is the last snow walk. Highly recommended.
Walk 6: 23rd February: Sheringham Park, Sheringham and East Beckham photos
Sheringham is lovely but a grey, cold, windy day meant no colour. Didn’t stop a great walk through the park then along a bit of the North Norfolk Coastal Path. Lunch on cold pebbles on the beach (had to be done, we were at the seaside after all). Needed to study a map in the town before heading inland at Beeston Bump. Bit of pressure to get to the Park before we were locked in!
Walk 5: 16th February: Southwold and Walberswick photos
A walk of firsts. First guest walkers of the year; hello Dan and Jen. First walk with the new D600 (that’s a camera!). First walk out of Norfolk. Started on the pier at Southwold (Suffolk), along the beach, over the river to Walberswick. Then ove the common and along the old railway track featured in one of my favourite books – Rings of Saturn.
Walk 4: 3rd February: Burnham Overy Staithe to Wells Next The Sea, and back! photos
Holkham beach – miles of beautiful sand, no people and fresh air. We go most years in early Feb; birthday treat. Difficult to get lost walking along the beach and back, but take care not to get cut off by the tide. Very few pictures taken on an old iPhone! I need a new camera. Shame with all those lovely Wells beach huts.
Walk 3: 2nd February: The Burnhams: Overy Staithe, Thorpe, Market and Norton photos
North Norfolk, superb. Day started off well, but this was the day my D80 broke (that’s a camera!). This coincided with the sleet and wind! But all got better again when we walked round the lanes and passed the house where Admiral Nelson was born. Stayed the night at the old Custom House in Wells next the Sea.
Walk 2: 19th January: River Ant, Ludham and Horning photos
The snow walk, surely the only one of the year. A well-loved walked completed a few times over the years, but this will be the only time this year! Winter means the river bank is possible, in a few months reeds will make it a hard slog. Geese at Horning made the tea break very brief.
Walk 1: 5th January: Blickling Great Park and River Bure photos
The start of our year of 50 walks, so a sense of great excitement as we head out on a part familiar and part unfamiliar walk. Blickling Park very straightforward, the extension beyond the park a bit wet under foot (it is early January) - but the board walk over the Bure marshes was surprisingly splendid. Now the first one is done we have no choice but to complete the challenge.