Sunday, 26 May 2019
Start time: 10:30
(Estimated finish time: 15:00)
Easy 9 miles / 14.5 km
If you’re reading this you’ve found the next exciting walk from Hike Norfolk. If you’ve walked with us before and still reading then hopefully this mean we didn’t scare off last time and you’re back for another adventure! If you’ve just discovered us for the first time and wondering who Hike Norfolk are, please let me explain.
Hike Norfolk are a group of very nice people who enjoy walking, talking and socialising. Hike Norfolk are part of the National Ramblers Charity. We welcome newcomers to walk with us (up to 3 times free of charge). After your 3rd walk we ask you to become a member by joining the Ramblers. Please see link below for more details.
This is a lovely 9 mile walk that takes in the open countryside around the small Broadland village of Upton. The walk will go past the village shop at the start, so anyone who needs to stock up with provisions for the day can do so here. The shop sells most things a Hike Norfolk walker may need; i.e., cakes, pies, pot noodles, crisps, gin, eyeliner, lipstick and other general beauty products.
From the shop the walk will follow country lanes through the village to Upton Dyke and then out to the River Bure. At the beginning of the dyke we will (hopefully) see the rare Palmers Hollow Post Mill.
Disappointingly when I reccyed the walk someone had abandoned a VW camper van directly in front of the mill. In truth, I suspect the camper van had been lost by its owner as I have it on good authority VW owners have a habit of loosing their camper vans.
The main highlight of the walk is the next bit, the River Bure section with its lovely views over the water and surrounding marshes providing an endless supply of wildlife. Here you can feast your eyes on the famous big Norfolk skies with 5 windmills dotted along the skyline.
In the main the wildlife is friendly, although a group of birds standing on the path did confront me and looked me up and down as I walked by (I felt like I was walking down Prince of Wales Road on a Saturday night, a little scary for a minute or two).
Around halfway into the walk we will stop for a picnic lunch on the riverbank where we can watch the boats sail by or crash into the riverbank, as one did when I was there last time. This reminded me of the time when Hike Norfolk went boating on the Broads and our captain, let’s just call him JW (full name withheld for legal reasons) nearly ran our boat into the bank!
The second part of the walk will follow the riverside path to South Walsham and then take country lanes and footpaths back to Upton, via Upton Fen.
We will finish the walk at the village pub where if the sun is out we can enjoy a drink in its beer garden.
32-10 Cargate Ln, Norwich NR13 6AU
Upton Village Hall
Grid reference: TG394126
Nearest postcode: NR13 6AU
Start time: 10:30
This is a circular walk
1) Ramblers Information: https://www.ramblers.org.uk/get-involved/become-a-member.aspx
2) This will be a leisurely / moderate walk suited for reasonably fit people with at least a little country walking experience. Speed wise, we will average 2.5 / 3.0 mph.
3) We will be walking on country lanes, paths and field edges so walking boots/shoes are recommended along with suitable clothing for the weather.
4) There will be 3 or 4 breaks for drinks and a stop for lunch, which you need to bring with you.
If you're new to the group and you have any questions about the walk please message me here directly and I’ll endeavour to answer them.
Give us a try!
This is one of hundreds of Ramblers group walks for all ages and abilities every week - all led by our experienced walk leaders.
You’re welcome to join us on any of our walks to see if the Ramblers is for you. Then, once you’ve enjoyed the views, fun, exhilaration and good company, it’s just a case of becoming a member.
Do make sure you're fit enough and have the right footwear and clothing for the walk you want to do, though. You can contact the group or leader if in doubt.