Walking

By webchoiceadmin On April 27, 2015 · Add Comment · Walking

My Norfolk – @wunjot guest blog

W is for walking

As my twitter bio says, one of my great passions in life is walking – which is handy as when I was growing up in rural Norfolk in the 60s, only posh, rich people had cars and ordinary people walked.  As a four year old I started walking to school each day – my Mum used to push a cycle with my sister in a seat on the back and I’d walk beside her. According to Google Maps, that’s 2.2 miles I walked each morning.

Back in March 1996 my maternal grandfather died. I was very close to him and decided not only to come down to Norfolk from Scotland for the funeral, but to spend the week before walking the North Norfolk Coast Path in his memory.

I was quite an inexperienced long distance walker at the time and naïvely thought that I’d be able to camp overnight and did no forward planning. Alistair and I had huge packs full of camping equipment and we only had funds for one night in an hotel.

We were meant to get a lift from my sister from Kings Lynn to the start of the walk at Hunstanton; however, a family emergency meant that we had to catch the bus and started off a lot later than planned. When we arrived at our first camp site, they said they only took caravans, but because it was by then dusk, they kindly let us stay, pitch our tent and have the use of their showers for free. When it came to the overnight stop at the hotel, we found that it had closed quite a few years back, but some lovely people gave us a lift to Wells, where we were able to get a B&B for the night and I saw my first ever snow on the beach. Later, when there was no accommodation available at Blakeney, someone kindly offered us their granny annexe with glorious extensive views over the marshes, for the same price as B&B.

1 Norfolk Coast Path

Norfolk Coastal Path
Norfolk Coastal Path

 

 

I don’t know whether the people of North Norfolk are just plain generous or my granddad was watching over me, but it was a memorable week and one that persuaded me to do more long distance walking – albeit with more planning!

If you have the chance, try walking a section, or all of this wonderful footpath, so that you too can experience my Norfolk.

http://www.nationaltrail.co.uk/peddars-way-and-norfolk-coast-path

2 Golden Sands

Norfolk, Beaches, walking
Remote spaces, beautiful beaches

 

Norfolk’s beaches are often empty

Wild Norfolk Coast, walking
Wild Norfolk Coast

 

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