Start 2017 by walking off the Christmas and New Year excesses with the Dabbling Duck.
An enjoyable inclusive weekend’s walking taking in the local history, fabulous scenery plus the opportunity to see some of the birds and wildlife that Norfolk is renowned for.
Private bird tours by Gary Elton a keen birder from the tender age of nine, I spent the majority of my early years birding near my childhood home, in and around North West London. Local patches in later years included Wormwood Scrubs and Hilfield Park reservoir, where at this latter site I also served as site warden for 12 years on behalf of the Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust. I also served as a Herts Bird Club committee member and have contributed to several birding publications and made several television appearances.
Arrive, evening meal with the group at 7.30, an opportunity to get to know one another.
Early arrival (check in from 1400 hrs ?) gives an opportunity to warm up on a choice of several short, self guided local walks based around the pub and village centre.
After a delicious breakfast we head off onto the Peddars Way, an ancient Roman road some 46 miles in length, stretching from the outskirts of Thetford in the south to the North Norfolk coast. Our choice of route this morning takes us North towards the coast, taking us through the picturesque Norfolk countryside and the Docking Valley past the villages of Fring and Sedgeford, the latter being an area where a wealth of roman artifacts have been discovered. The walk terminates for us at the village of Ringstead where there will be an opportunity to enjoy a well earned refreshing drink in the local Pub, The Gin Trap. The Peddars Way continues for several more miles before terminating in the pretty coastal village of Holme-next-the-Sea.
Total distance c15 miles
Evening meal, and a chance to relax and relive the day.
After another hearty breakfast we depart and quickly join the Peddars Way, this time heading south. A slightly more relaxed day, effectively broken into two parts with our morning’s destination being the village of Castle Acre, which takes its name from the wonderful 12th century Castle that overlooks the nearby River Nar, which is a rare and complete survival of a Norman planned settlement.
We take the opportunity to look around the castle ruins and view the Bailey Gate at the entrance to the village. After lunch, we take a circular route from the castle along the River Nar,with views of the magnificent Castle Acre Priory, walking on sections of the Peddars Way, Nar Valley Way and along old drove roads and lanes.
For those who found the previous day’s walking testing, an alternative option is to drive to Castle Acre, view the Priory, and rejoin the group at lunchtime to partake in the circular walk in the afternoon.
Total distance c12miles (alternative option c.6 miles).
NB the Priory is an English Heritage property and there is a charge to view it.
Trip price includes transport back from the walk finishing points each day.
Packed Lunches included (two days)
Strong comfortable waterproof walking boots recommended.
Something to sit on lunch time ie waterproof mat /coat should the ground be damp.
Participants will be required to carry their own lunches and drinks whilst walking so a small Rucksack is recommended.
Participants are expected to be at a reasonable fitness level and able to complete the distances stated, with the pace of walk around 3 miles per hour.
Please call or email Mark Dobby for more details minimum 4 guests per tour