Walkers are Welcome National Conference 12-14 October 2018

Annual National Walkers are Welcome Get Together and AGM a real success for Cromer

A group of people walking is known as an amble, but at this weekend’s Walkers are Welcome annual national get together in Cromer the pace was certainly not slow, and the weekend clearly showed the passion there is for walking.

60 delegates came from across the country to Cromer for a packed itinerary showing off the best of the town and area; delegates came from near and as far afield as Ross-on-Wye, Moffat, Kirkby Stephen and Henley-on-Thames. The wonderful mix of delegates all brought a strong view with them: “walking is good for all and their locales are set up to welcome walkers”. They all took home the knowledge that the walking around Cromer is worth travelling for, and the town is a somewhere special. The objective for Walk Cromer, the local organising team, was that delegates took home the message that Cromer was worth the journey: mission accomplished!

Over the weekend there were informal walks for all to enjoy, and organised walks to show the breadth of the interesting features around Cromer. Martin Warren led people on his amazing geology walk showing the depth of the history we have to offer, Tim Bennett led his moving walk around Overstrand, Malcolm English took groups on a photography walk around town, and Alan Tutt took people around the war history of Cromer. Rob Spray told of the unique chalk reef and a journey through its beauty, a real hidden gem.

Thanks to Richard Leeds and the Lifeboat team who led a group to watch and photograph the launch of the lifeboat on Sunday morning and explained the workings to the attendees. Gina Bradbury and Debbie North shared their journey putting together their online Outdoor Guide and their mixed experiences of making walking, and other elements of the outdoor experience, accessible to those who need wheels to get around.

At the Friday evening reception on the pier, over supper at the Old Rockshop Bistro on Friday and at the conference dinner, hosted at the Cliftonville, attendees took the opportunity to discuss walking in a more informal setting and share ideas for promoting the wider elements of walking and the challenges in their own areas.

“There are so many people to thank for helping across the weekend,” said Gemma Harrison in the local organising team, “from both the District and Town councils, to the businesses who supported the event and all the people across Cromer who made the attendees so welcome”. Some delegates the opportunity to make the conference weekend an opportunity to visit more of the area and had spent the previous week exploring and all reported the amazing welcome from the area, it’s people and facilities. “All the feedback we have had suggests delegates will be returning to Cromer, and will be recommending Cromer to friends and colleagues back home,” said Gemma.

Walkers are Welcome is a network of more than 100 towns & villages all over Britain.

Each destination has created its own unique offering based on its countryside assets, and on the community led group who run the project locally. Some offer guided walks and events throughout the year, others offer web based help and information.

The Cromer Walkers are Welcome volunteers aim to help walkers with interesting printed guides and maps around town. They also check & report on local footpaths and make it easier for walkers themselves to report problems. They are also involved in consultations with councils and other relevant bodies regarding developments and plans which may concern walkers.

Anyone wishing to join the small team of volunteers should contact Gemma at gemma@walkcromer.co.uk.

Hilary’s Hike 4 Heart

hilary cox - hike 4 heartJoin Hilary for any section of this walking & cycling challenge around the county on the wonderful Norfolk Trails network raising vital funds for the BHF

Starting & finishing on Cromer Pier from Sunday 30th September at 11am, finishing on Wednesday 10th October. Walks vary in length from 7 to 15 miles per day or cycling from 20 to 30 miles per day

Donations to: justgiving.com/fundraising/Hilary-Cox4

or contact Hilary for more information on how you can get involved: hilary.cox22@gmail.com

bhf-wahilary's hike 4 heart

 

WALKING and CYCLING SCHEDULE

  • 30 Sept: Cromer – Felbrigg – Aldborough Walking
  • 1 Oct: Aldborough – Blickling – Aylsham Walking
  • 2 Oct: Aylsham – N. Walsham – Waxham Cycling
  • 3 Oct: Waxham – Winterton – Gt. Yarmouth Walking
  • 4 Oct: Gt Yarmouth – Beccles – Bungay Electric bike
  • 5 Oct: Bungay – Diss – Knettishall Heath Electric bike
  • 6 Oct: Knettishall Heath – Castle Acre Cycling
  • 7 Oct: Castle Acre – Burnham Deepdale Cycling
  • 8 Oct: Burnham Deepdale – Wells Walking
  • 9 Oct: Wells – Weybourne Walking
  • 10 Oct: Weybourne – Cromer Walking

 

Guided Walks of Overstrand

OVERSTRAND IN THE GREAT WAR

A Guided Walk of Overstrand Tim Bennett – Guide

Tim is hosting a series of Guided Walks around Overstrand, exploring the unique heritage of the village linked to the Great War. Seeing the houses and buildings which are linked to the men and women of the village who served in the Great War. Each walk will begin and end at The Belfry Centre in Overstrand. It will last about 90 minutes and involve a walk of around 1.5 miles on a trail that includes the churchyard, Harbord Road (Gunton Terrace), the holiday home of Winston Churchill and the homes linked to Overstrand’s Great War families.

Guided Walks – £5.00 (U-16’s Free)

All walks depart and culminate at The Belfry Centre, 23A Cromer Road, Overstrand, NR27 ONT (next door to The Belfry School) Please arrive 15 minutes before the walk is due to start

JULY

  • Wednesday 11th: 1.30pm – 3pm
  • Tuesday 17th: 10am – 11.30am
  • Monday 23rd: 10am – 11.30am

AUGUST

  • Wednesday 1st: 1.30pm – 3pm
  • Friday 3rd: 1.30pm – 3pm
  • Wednesday 8th• 10am – 11.30am
  • Thursday 9th: 1.30am – 3pm
  • Tuesday 21st: 10am – 11.30am

 

Tel: 01263 579196 www.thebelfrycentre.co.uk

Norfolk Walking and cycling festival 2018

You’re invited to Norfolk’s 4th annual Walking and Cycling Festival.  There will be events for all ages and abilities throughout October 2018.

norfolk.gov.uk/out-and-about-in-norfolk/norfolk-trails/

The programme of events will be released in May.

In the meantime please visit www.pushingaheadnorfolk.co.uk to find out about other cycling and walking events that are taking place around the county.

If you are interested in submitting an event for the 2018 contact us at norfolktrails@norfolk.gov.uk.

2018 national annual get together in Cromer

The annual Walkers are Welcome get together will be held in Cromer in 2018.

2018 national annual get together in CromerThe Cromer group, part of a network of more than 110 towns and villages all over Britain, will host the event on October 12th to 14th. Invitations will be sent to representatives from all accredited towns and villages.

Group members are planning a series of talks, walks and other events around town. Among these events, a reception will be held on Cromer Pier, which is owned by North Norfolk District Council and operated by Openwide. And the Council Chamber at North Norfolk District Council will be used for the Walkers are Welcome annual meeting.

Cllr Hilary Cox, a North Norfolk District Councillor and Chair of Cromer Walkers are Welcome, said: “This will be a great opportunity for local accommodation providers, restaurants, pubs, shops and attractions to increase their trade at a time of year when the town is traditionally a little quieter. Special offers, events and delegate discounts will be sure to benefit a wide range of businesses, with extra promotion from Walkers are Welcome.”

And Cllr Nigel Dixon, North Norfolk District Council Cabinet Member for Tourism, said: “Behind Cromer’s Walkers are Welcome accreditation is a lot of hard work from a dedicated team of people. Congratulations to them for attracting the annual get together, which will further raise the profile of Cromer as a destination for walkers and provide a welcome boost to the visitor economy away from the high season. It is one of North Norfolk District Council’s aims to support the visitor economy away from the main season so that businesses can benefit from increased activity during an extended season.”

Making the decision to bring the annual get together to Cromer, the national Walkers are Welcome committee in Cumbria acknowledged the hard work and achievements of the small but busy Cromer group. The group has created printed pocket walks, a town food and drink guide, window sticker and discount schemes, town information boards, footpath and signpost monitoring, negotiation with transport companies and liaison with local businesses. The latter of these led to the creation of the Walkers are Welcome beer, made by Poppyland Brewery. The group has also liaised and consulted with Town, District and County Councils.

Walkers are Welcome is a non-profit making Community Interest Company. It is a nationwide initiative, launched in 2007 to encourage towns and villages to be ‘welcoming to walkers’. Businesses, traders, organisations and individuals who would like to get involved in the October visit can contact enquiries@walkcromer.co.uk.

Beachwatch beach clean events

Beachwatch beach clean eventsVolunteer at a Beachwatch Beach Clean

Come on down to the beach!

Thousands of Beachwatch volunteers can tell you how much fun a beach clean and survey is – and how rewarding! Why not get involved?

To volunteer at a beach clean, all you need to do is find an event and sign up to attend!

There’s loads of information on what to bring and what to expect at an event in our volunteer guide. 

mcsuk.org/

2017 Templewood Wetland Walk

The Templewood Walk 2017  gave a fascinating insight to this very secret corner of North Norfolk. Led by landowner and conservationist Eddie Anderson, we learned about an innovative water purification scheme which had encouraged all sorts of flora & wildlife to repopulate the area.
The Mighty River Mun threaded it’s history throughout the walk, giant leafy gunnera, swans on the little broad… and the woodlands revealed some unusual secrets including the ancient oak “story tree”.

75 Mile Challenge Walks

cromer sponsored walk

Would you like to help raise funds for the British Heart Foundation?

A new BHF fundraising group has just started up in Cromer, aiming to help win the “fight for every heartbeat”.

This is the Cromer group’s first challenge … and it’s refreshing, interesting and healthy!

cromer sponsored walk 75 miles of walks over 4 weeks is Val Smith’s bright idea – to help celebrate her 75th birthday, and to raise funds for her favourite good cause. She has been inspired by Kieran Sandwell who is walking the coast of Britain to raise funds for the BHF.  Kieran, grateful for a lifesaving heart transplant and now able to give something back, came through Cromer in February and Val accompanied him on part of his walk.

Our 75 Mile Challenge Walks range from 2 miles to 8.5 miles across countryside, along rivercromer sponsored walkbanks, through woodlands, over hills, along clifftops and beaches. There will be interesting churches to visit, perhaps a nice cafe for a rest stop, and always the glorious Norfolk views to enjoy!

These are comfortable walks and start points are accessible by car or bus. They are taking place on Wednesdays and Fridays during the day and Sunday’s in the afternoon starting on July 12th. The last walk is on Friday August 11th from Salthouse church, finishing at an exhibition of paintings and films.

Hilary Cox, Chairman of Cromer Walkers are Welcome, is joining Val on all these walks along with other members of the group. “Walking is an excellent form of exercise whether it is to get fit or stay fit, it revitalises your energy levels and although sturdy shoes are required it is not an expensive pastime. We are surrounded by wide open skies, diverse countryside and extensive well maintained footpaths.

bhf Sponsorship formCome and join us and share the fun;  

 

Download Sponsorship Form Here
Download Walks Schedule here

Pick up a list & sponsorship form locally from:

  • Rays News @ 1 Chapel St, Merchants Place,
  • Icarus Hines,
  • Brownes Cafe in Bond St, or
  • Henry’s Coffee Shop in Cromer, and
  • The BHF Charity Shop in Sheringham.

 

Donate online via justgiving.com/Val’s 75 mile challenge

 

download/print schedule

  • Wed. July 12 Mundesley circular 6 miles via Trunch & Giminghamcromer beach walk
    8.30am start @ Mundesley TIC car park TG311365 (Sanders Bus 5)
  • Fri. July 14
    • 1. Trunch circular 3.5 miles via farmland & woodland
      9am Start @ Trunch Crown Inn TG287348 (Sanders bus 5)
    • 2. Southrepps circular 3.5 miles via common & quiet lanes
      11.30am start @ Antingham St. Car park by social club TG260351 (bus 33, train to Gunton)
  • Sun. July 16
    • 1. Trimingham circular 2 miles via quiet Lanes, paths & tracks
      4pm start @ church TG279387 (bus 5 & 35B)
    • 2. Trimingham – Overstrand linear 2.5 miles via Coast Path
      5pm start @ church TG279387 (bus 5 & 35B) optional return O’strand – Cromer 2miles
  • Wed. July 19 Overstrand-Southrepps circular 8.5 miles via Northrepps & Southrepps,
    8am start @ Car Park TG248410
  • Fri. July 21 Cromer – Felbrigg circular 6 miles via parkland & farmland
    8am start @ Cromer TIC TG217420
  • Sun. July 23 Cromer -Happy Valley – Overstrand linear 4.5 miles via old rail route
    4pm start @ North Lodge Park optional return O’strand – Cromer 2 miles
  • salthouseWed. July 26 Cromer- Sheringham linear 6 miles via Coast Path & Roman Camp
    9am Start @ Cromer Pier (bus x44 & Coasthopper)
  • Fri. July 28 Sheringham Park circular 5 miles via parkland, woodland & coast
    9.30am start @ Sheringham Park visitor center (bus 5)
  • Sun. July 30 West Runton circular 3.5 miles via Coast Path & East Runton
    4pm start @ Water Lane car park TG185431 (bus 5, x44 & Coasthopper)
  • Wed. Aug 2 Sheringham circular 7.5 miles
    via Pretty Corner, Sher’m Park, coast path, Beeston Bump, Beeston Priory
    9.30am Start @ Priory Maze car park (bus 5, x44 & Coasthopper)
  • Sun. Aug 6 Weybourne circular 5 miles via Coast Path & Kelling Heath
    4pm start @ beach lane car park TG110436 (Bus Coasthopper)
  • Wed. Aug 9 Cley-next-Sea circular 8 miles via Glandford, Wiveton & Bayfield Estate
    8am start @ Cley village hall car park (bus Coasthopper)
  • Fri. Aug 11 Salthouse circular 3.5 miles via lanes, heath and tracks
    10am start @ Salthouse church hall car park (bus Coasthopper)

 

Mileages are approximate and may vary due to conditions on the day.
Walks may change if circumstances beyond our control occur.
Anyone joining a walk does so entirely at their own risk. Challenge Supported by
CROMER BHF FUNDRAISING GROUP 01263 513820

Crab & Lobster Walk – Sunday 21st May 2017

The scenic route from Cromer to Sheringham.

People came from all over the County and beyond, thirty five, plus four dogs. Billed as a ‘family’ walk, we were delighted to have three generations of one family join us, including Thomas at only nine months old (he didn’t walk far) We enjoyed a wonderful walk that included three of Norfolk’s highlights, Inkleborough, Steep and Beeston Hills. It should be noted that Mum carried little Tommy up two of the highest hills, but Dad took a turn, over Beeston Bump.

Our newly appointed Cromer Mayor led from the front; smart suit, polished shoes, tie, complete with Mayoral Chain, his first public engagement. Well done John Frosdick! He was not the only celebrity, we were met below Beeston Bump for the final section into Sheringham, by Norman Lamb. He found time in his busy election schedule to walk the last section, to receive a warm welcome in Sheringham.

It was not the only walk of the day, Hilary Cox completed a slightly different route, leading a Scout’s troop, all managed the walk, hills and all. Hilary, a former Cromer Mayor, chose to wear a Crab costume…did she walk sideways all the way, to ensure a neutral stance between left and right? You can read more detail about Hilary’s odyssey on WalkCromer’s website. Well done everyone.

Crab & Lobster Walk, on Sunday 21st May Crab & Lobster Walk, on Sunday 21st May