Women Who Walk Glyndwr’s Way

Women Who Walk Glyndwr’s WayAugust 5August 13

Walking on Glyndŵr’s Way, a peaceful National Trail meandering through the open moorland, rolling farmland, woodland and forest of mid-Wales.

A unique sponsored challenge for women. Raising money to provide adventure therapy for people recovering from addiction at Focus12 drug and alcohol treatment centre. Walking 100 miles over 7 days, with support crew, staying at a high quality hostel and a selection of pre-arranged campsites in some of the most beautiful landscapes Mid Wales has to offer.

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Mount Kilimanjaro

Hilary Cox KilimanjaroGroup member, Hilary Cox, also champions Walking and Cycling at local and district council levels. An active pensioner she tackled Mount Kilimanjaro just a few weeks after a knee replacement, raising funds for charity on the way!

Hilary says: A tough but rewarding challenge; there’s no doubt that regular steady walking is beneficial. Good fitting boots and all weather gear add up to make an experience like Kilimanjaro an awesome appreciation of what can be achieved. But you don’t have to go to such extremes to reap the benefits from exercise, fresh air and the great outdoors, it’s on our doorstep. Just do it.

ABOVE AND BEYOND – OR NORMAL FOR COASTHOPPER?

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A Walker’s Tale

A Walker, one among many, took the CoastHopper (Stagecoach) bus from Salthouse to Cromer, Norfolk, on Sunday 22nd January 2017. He left the bus a little lighter in the pocket – a mobile phone had slipped out! On Tuesday a telephone call to his home, “your mobile phone has been found and awaits collection in Kings Lynn”. Contacted daughter who works in Lynn, she spoke to a Customer Service person, and explained that she would not be able to collect until Friday “no problem” was the reply. Daughter rang again on Friday and was told that it would be available at the Head Office – “could I collect from the bus station”, said daughter. The lady at CoastHopper, “…wait a moment” a minute went by, “…no problem”, she said, “I’ve caught a driver and he will deliver to the Bus Station, ready for your collection”.
Two points to make, a) On each occasion the telephone was answered by a human voice, that same voice answered on the second occasion and remembered the incident; b) everyone who uses the CoastHopper praises the service provided, but this tale illustrates that superlative service does not stop at the Bus and its Driver, but extends throughout the Stagecoach company.
Thank you Driver, thank you Customer Service person, thank you Stagecoach.

Templewood Wetlands Walk.

This special festival walk offered a fascinating look at a co-operative scheme developed by landowner Eddie Anderson and the Norfolk Rivers Authority. We learned how newly dug pools & reedbeds were rapidly purifying the River Mun, supporting all sorts of wildlife, birdlife, vegetation, dragonflies etc.

We followed the river past Templewood’s ornamental lake and giant gunnera, passing the odd statue and shepherd’s hut, and on through established woodlands until we reached the Little Broad and it’s family of swans. Eddie was a lively and entertaining guide – describing the historic, environmental and geological aspects en-route.

We discovered a delightful secret corner of North Norfolk – a few surprises here and there, and only one or two got their feet wet!

 

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.

Norfolk Walking Festival 2016

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Do Different in North Norfolk

Sunday 23 October

A walk in an area of history and mystery. We will enter Morston Church to hear about the Villagers’ claim to fame.

Walking on, we reach Stiffkey with a couple of tales to tell.

Moving onto the tiny hamlet of Cockthorpe with lunch (packed) in Cockthorpe Church, there we will hear about this hamlet’s connexion to not one, but three Admirals. You will hear something of their exploits, and possibly the odd Yo Ho Ho (could there be treasure?)…!

Finally, to a state of the art museum – Langham Dome, Norfolk’s ‘Tardis’ (larger on the inside than out) and its place in the Cold War.

This walk will take you via the Coast Path from Blakeney with wide views over the finest Marshes in Norfolk. The Marsh and Saltings abound in birdlife.

On the walk you may see deer, rabbit and hares. Look down you might spot the odd snake; or even a mole going from one Norfolk mountain to another.

There is something for all the family, a fantastic walk under huge skies and stories that will cheer or chill – but leave you wanting more of both. A Family walk to remember.

  • When: 10am on 23 October 2016
  • How long: 7.25 miles – 5 hours
  • Suitability: Moderate fitness required, children 8+ and dogs on leads
  • Start: Blakeney Village Hall, Langham Road, Blakeney, NR257PG
  • Finish: Langham Dome, minibus transport back to start at Blakeney Village Hall
  • Getting there: Cars can park at Blakeney Village Hall. You can get the Coasthopper from Cromer/Sheringham.
    Cost: £5 (children go free)
  • Any other information: Bring Packed Lunch.
  • Toilet facilities at the end

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Templewood Wetland walk

Sunday 30 October

A walk and talk along the upper stretches of The River Mun.

Led by Eddie Anderson, landowner, conservationist and naturalist.

A unique chance to explore this hidden part of North Norfolk. We’ll explore the upper stretches of “The Mighty
River Mun” leading through Templewood grounds, through Frogshall Wetland and to the very secret “Little Broad”.

The River Mun is part of a unique water purification experiment spearheaded by The Norfolk Rivers Trust. Eddie Anderson will talk about many of the features en route, point out aspects of the local wildlife, and detail the history of Templewood itself.

  • When: 10.30am and 2pm on 30 October 2016
  • How long: 3 miles – 2 hours
  • Suitability: Easy walk, children and dogs on leads
  • Start: Templewood House, Frogshall, Northrepps NR27 0LJ
  • Finish: Templewood House, Frogshall, Northrepps NR27 0LJ
  • Getting there: Local bus from Cromer via Southrepps. In Northrepps village, pass Foundry Arms pub on right, after 50 yards take next right into Craft Lane. Follow narrow lane for 3 quarters of a mile until Templewood gateway and drive appear on a sharp bend. Parking in front of Templewood house.
  • Cost: £4 or £2 for under 14s
  • Any other information: Bring own refreshments. No toilet facilities.

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Cromer’s Walkers are Welcome initiative making great strides

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Despite being something of a “toddler” two years since taking its starting steps Cromer’s Walkers are Welcome initiative is well into its stride.

The national scheme, that actively promotes walking, launched in the town in 2014.

Since gaining the accreditation the Walkers are Welcome Cromer group has been encouraging residents and visitors to experience the scenic delights of the north Norfolk coast.

Discount vouchers launched with local businesses are being issued with the Cromer to Sheringham pocket walk packs. The first vouchers have been provided by outdoor clothing and equipment store Mountain Warehouse and Cromer based Argus Video and a new walk is due to be published shortly.

A grant has been awarded by Cromer Town Council and members recently received a £250 donation from retirement home builder McCarthy & Stone.

Last year the group installed five large map and information boards around town and at the bus and train station encouraging visitors to ‘walk Cromer’ and make use of public transport.

Walkers are Welcome chairman Siri Taylor said: “Cromer is the hub for access to a superb range of footpaths and National Trail, as well as many more local walking routes.

“We are delighted that many local traders and accommodation providers are displaying our window stickers, encouraging walkers to stay, shop, take tea, or enjoy a delicious pint, muddy boots and all.

“Tourist information staff report much increased interest due to our displays and publications. Hotels and guest houses report more walkers, as do local tea shops, cafes and pubs.”

She added: “We are looking for more businesses to add vouchers to the packs, the scheme is free to enter and should encourage more customers through the door.

“All the donations received are incredibly useful – we rely on that and things like car boot sales as we don’t have any big funding. A lot has been achieved, we are only two years old and a bit of a toddler.”

New members are always welcome and the group is seeking a secretary. Anyone able to help should email enquiries@walkcromer.co.uk

The pocket walk pack is available from the North Norfolk Information Centre in Cromer price £1.

Business Discount scheme

WAW-voucher-formIn 2015 we developed our town information boards project, aiming to encourage visitors to “Walk Cromer” and to use some of our excellent public transport links. Cromer is the hub for access to a superb range of footpaths and National Trails, as well as many more local walking routes.

We are delighted that many local traders & accommodation providers are displaying our window stickers, encouraging walkers to stay, shop, take tea, or enjoy a delicious pint, muddy boots & all! North Norfolk Information Centre staff have been a great asset, offering help & advice, displaying our banner & selling our cute little Cromer­Sheringham Pocket Walk & information packs. In 2016 we will be adding more walks to this series, and now each will contain discount vouchers for use in local shops & businesses.

Our first Discount voucher is in partnership with Mountain Warehouse, offering 10% off on presentation of the discount card. We are looking for more businesses to add vouchers to the packs, the scheme is free to enter and should encourage more customers through your door.

Space is limited, and the entry deadline is 30th March.

Download the application form

Our Pocket Walk Packs are available from the North Norfolk Information Centre and cost only £1,

they include the Mountain Warehouse Discount card…. It’s a no­brainer!

CROMER WAW News

OCTOBER FESTIVALS

October was a busy month for us all here in Cromer.

waxham - norfolk trails festival 2015The First North Norfolk Walking Festival was launched at Waxham Barn. waxham - norfolk trails festival 2015In the spooky half dark (because of the bats) we unfurled our banner & had a jolly time meeting other walking groups and members of the public, then off for a breezy walk to see the seals at Horsey.

 

Tim Lidstone­ScottWe supported the illustrated talk on The Norfolk Coast Path by Tim Lidstone­ Scott at Cromer Community Hall. An appreciative audience enjoyed his wise words plus our yummy teas & scones to follow.

 

Our A Walk into HistoryHistory Walk ­ celebrating the 600th Agincourt anniversary, benefited from sparkling sunshine and more than 40 people joined our founder member,
Don, leading. The walk was enlivened by historic readings & church visits, and the Aylsham Walkers are Welcome group met up with us at Erpingham. Kate Ashbrook, President of the Ramblers Association, came along too, and our MP Norman Lamb also joined in.

walk cromer film evening - part of the coast and walking festivalsOur Cheese & Wine Film Evening “ Walking to Inspire” linked the Walking Festival and The COAST Arts Festival. A packed audience of nearly 60 people enjoying a fascinating series of films including our own Cromer walking film and a very special presentation of Henry Williamson’s campaigning 1972 documentary on Vanishing Hedgerows. Local producer, Eddie Anderson, added to this with recently filmed interviews from the original film’s Director. A very special and thought provoking evening

 

Norfolk Walking Festival 2015 Saturday 17 October to Sunday 1 NovemberHuge thanks must go the the Norfolk Trails team for organising the Festival. With more than 40 walks, talks and events we feel it has really helped to highlight the many facets of walking North Norfolk.

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MAP PROJECT: Our big map & information boards are now in place at the train station, the bus station, the cabin near North Lodge Park and outside the Community Hall. They are super­-smart and have received much positive comment.

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cromer WAW quiltNATIONAL CONFERENCE: We will be represented at the National Walkers Are Welcome conference in November. A Massive quilt is being assembled with blocks from each town… Ours is now ready!

 

WINDOW STICKERS: We are steadily incorporating local business into our Welcome Window Stickers Project. Artyfax on Church St has also taken our Souvenir Walkers Passports. We are negotiating with newly opened Mountain Warehouse, and other traders are being encouraged to offer special deals to walkers.

PASSPORT DISPLAY STANDS: Our dinky little souvenir Passports are packed full of information about the walk between Cromer & Sheringham (History, geology, birds, fossils etc.) They’re available at Cromer Information Centre, Artyfax in Cromer… and more locations soon. They only Cost £1 & all goes to support Cromer Walkers Are Welcome project expenses.

CROMER TIC DISPLAY: Our Free Walkers Welcome Packs are going fast. They contain relevant local leaflets & specially produced information sheets for walkers. It’s hard to keep up with demand and we are most grateful for any donations popped into our pipe, it all goes towards our printing & paper costs.

CONSULTATIONS: We are actively involved in the following consultations. North Norfolk District Council about developments of the West prom and Town Trail planning. Norfolk Trails about development of their new circular walks project Explore More Coast, District Council initiative

We are developing our own “Footpath Warden” scheme.

WALKERS GALLERY: Our website is growing with some super walkers photos & useful links.

Cromer Walk Reports

Members of the group are actively monitoring footpaths & trails in the area. We have reported problems to relevant authorities, who have promised action. Recent reports include:
Ploughing near cliff edge and subsequent danger to viability of the coastal path.
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RESULT: Norfolk Trails consulted with landowner
Replacement signage needed
Footpath signage
Overgrown vegetation needs to be cut back.
Footpath overgrowth
RESULT: NNDC cleared the path
Rubbish and inadequate litter bins, a sorry sight for our town visitors.
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RESULT: NNDC have supplied a new large bin