OUT WITH MUD… IN WITH BLUEBELLS!
We are on the cusp of the bluebell and wild garlic season. We have some spectacular bluebell woods here in Norfolk and we will lead walks in them over the coming few weeks, so keep an eye on our newsletter each week. Here are a few facts about bluebells which might interest you:
- They are a member of the lily order (Hyacinthoides non-scripta is their latin name) and spread very slowly. Because of this they are considered to be an indicator of ancient woodland sites, even if there are no longer trees there.
- Bluebells are steeped in folklore. People used to believe that their bells rang out to summon fairies to their gathering and that any human who heard a bluebell ring would soon die.
- The bluebell is a symbol of constancy and, as such, could be the origin of the ‘….something blue…’ that a bride should wear on her wedding day.
- Bluebells are poisonous but their sap was used in the Bronze Age to attach feathers to (fletch) arrows and the Elizabethans crushed the bulbs to provide starch for their ruffs.
As Norfolk emerges from winter (and yes, those muddy miles will turn into sunny smiles), our weekend walks will take you on journeys across the county, embracing the wonderful countryside on offer. These walks can get fully booked so avoid disappointment and reserve your place early!
APRIL – JUNE WEEKEND WALKING – OUR SATURDAY / SUNDAY SCHEDULE
Sunday 15th April 10am. Holkham Beach and Wells-next-to-Sea Adventure Walk: The air is rich with the scent of the sea as we set off from the back lanes of Wells and out through the village. We will head out towards the sea, and then catch the Coastal Path along to Holkham which skirts the woods. At Holkham we will then stride out towards the sea, across miles of endless sand, over dunes, and back towards the familiar beach huts of Wells. This 6 miler will put a smile on your face as it literally is the best of all worlds. Always a pleasure to get out on the North Norfolk Coast.
21st April On the Bluebell Trail at High Ash Farm: A long peaceful walk along grassy tracks through beautiful rolling countryside and gorgeous woodland. We will make our way up across the farm to Arminghall and experience nature are her best.
28th April Medieval Meanderings through New Buckenham:Stroll along peaceful country lanes around the remarkable medieval planned town of Buckenham and the remains of its ancient, 12th Century castle.
5th May North (Burlingham) meets South (Walsham): Explore a gentle landscape of old and new woodland and orchards, interspersed by hedgerows, country lanes and magnificent churches. There are many different paths around Burlingham but this particular circular walk is 5.5 miles long.
12th May Whitlingham and Trowse Trails: Broad, woodland and meadows are all par of the course on this wonderful walk. A couple of new trails may surprise even the most regular of visitors – so be prepared for an adventure!
20th May Blakeney , Wiveton & Cley Coastal Circular:Sea air, windmills, water meadows, flint cottages, flora and fauna and … then we hit the Coastal path and cross mudflats and sandy creeks en route back to meander down the lokes of Blakeney toward the pub!
26th May Wymondham along the Tiffey Valley Trail:. This walk takes us out through the lovely market town of Wymondham and then out across water meadows and along disused railway lines. Diverse, beautiful and surprising!
10th June Yare Valley Marshes aka “Are we really in Norwich?”: This valley follows the River Yare from Bowthorpe Southern Park all the way to Marston Marsh, which is close to the Ipswich Road, through a range of different habitats, including three Local Nature Reserves – Danby Wood, Marston Marsh and Earlham Woods. The walk also goes by the man-made broad at the University of East Anglia, created in the 1970s.
16th June Rural Norfolk Adventure Reepham to Salle: Enjoy walking through the gorgeous countryside around the ancient market town of Reepham, and then across fields, down winding tracks and peaceful lanes. Rural Norfolk is unbeatable!
30th June Mills, Rivers and Meadows – Buxton via Brampton: A gentle walk, with peaceful grazing meadows, riverside wildlife, a church and charming villages. Believe it or not, Brampton was once an important Roman trading location…
Coming up in July/August…
Let’s HAIL the TRAILS – The Norfolk Trails network brings together over 1,200 miles of walks, cycle and bridle routes throughout our beautiful county.Discover a diverse landscape of unique market towns, rich wildlife and fascinating heritage; all from your doorstep.
We will do the planning and the recce-ing and bring you the very BEST circular routes in our Summer 2018 Schedule.
THE WEEKLY SCHEDULE w/c 9th April
9.30am Kick Start Monday! Whitlingham Country Park – Super way to start your week…
11.30am FREE Taster @ Dussindale
12.15pm Dussindale Lunchtime Livener
1.30pm MILES INTO SMILES Eaton, Keswick and UEA 5.5 miler
10am Blickling Hall Midweek Boost Blickling Hall + Muddy Boots Cafe- Mid week fave!!!
1.30pm Well Being Gentler Pace Eaton Park & Yonder!
10.45am FREE Nordic walking Taster at Catton Park
11.30am Catton Park Wellbeing and Feel Good walk
1.45pm Stepping Up (hills) & Back Caistor St Edmund / High Ash Farm – Special spot always…
9.30am CONVERSION course @ Eaton
11am Feel Fit and Fab Friday Walk @ Eaton
10am – 1pm INTENSIVE Learn to Nordic Walk Course @ Burnham Deepdale
10am Holkham Beach Circular
AND FINALLY…..Did you know?
Bluebells are protected under law in UK. If you dig up and sell a wild bluebell you can be fined £5000 per bulb!OUT WITH MUD… IN WITH BLUEBELLS!