Walking Festival 2016 – Do Different

Do Different 2016NORTH NORFOLK WALKING FESTIVAL EVENT REPORT

‘DO DIFFERENT’ 23 October Blakeney – Langham

A chance visit to the Forum in Norwich had an influence on the day. Buddha exhibition, a request to one of the Tibetan ladies present that he should intercede on our behalf – he worked wonders; superb sunshine all day – Sunday 23rd October. A grand total of 42 joined the walk. The going was good, well mostly. We arrived at Morston Church in good spirit and David Carnwath’s brief talk expanded our knowledge on church architecture and outlined the achievements of some of his fellow Morstonians of yesteryear.
On to Stiffkey where we stopped to hear about the Calthorpes, “poor Barbara needed support: 86 she were and had 14 children, who spread themselves so there were eight score or more little Calthorpes.”
We heard about Christopher Mygn, a pirate in all but name, but made Admiral and Knighted, as was John Narborough, but he chased pirates. Finally the wonderfully named Cloudesley Shovell, but for the circumstance of his death, he would have rivalled Nelson as Norfolk’s hero. All three local and inter-related.
We left the church to face the hazards of traffic and narrow street to walk from Stiffkey, past Cockthorpe church on the way to Langham Dome. There we were able to see and hear of events that took place some 235 years later. A small space, with a big story to tell. Outside the motley crew pose for a 21st century selfie. Four centuries in a little more than four hours.