Walking Groups. The Short Walk.
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Several years ago the National Federation WI suggested that WI members got walking, and gave us a target of miles to be walked. We rose to the challenge and the group enjoyed it so much we kept going. The short walks have become a regular feature in the calendar of Erpingham and Calthorpe WI. We aim to walk about 4 miles every 2nd and 4th Tuesday of every month
The Christmas Walk
The size of the group varies and over the years the walks have all been so different. We started off locally, meeting near the pub and just walking, at first for about 3 miles, but as the group have become a little fitter, extending the distance sometimes to 4. We try to adjust our shorter walks to the walkers, and make them as accessible to as many people as possible. Walks are led by different people so there have been opportunities to go to very different place. We have ventured further afield and often car share to distant locations to vary the landscape as much as possible. There is also a delightful opportunity to walk over the same ground at different times of the year, so we get to see a seasonal change.
Whatever the time of year, somehow the Tuesday weather is particularly kind and we seem always to walk in the sun
A walk from North Walsham
The makeup of the group varies from month to month and non members regularly walk with us. The size of the group also varies.
The Village walk.
One thing is consistent however. At the end of the walk there is always an opportunity to have a coffee and perhaps cake.
Tea at Hampton’s Tearooms, Reepham after a WI short walk
Walking in hot weather.
One Summer in hot weather, we ventured out dressed lightly on a day when we were unsure when it might start to rain. But it is a WI walking Tuesday and we are confident that we will not need our waterproofs.
Parking at ‘Cley Spy’ we set off along a dusty track through open fields on the first bit of uphill that the walk has to offer. Very soon we were walking alongside a field of uncut wildflowers, mostly pale blue chicory, with grasses, umbelifers and daisy flowers, and some interesting seed heads.
We were not alone on the walk, and in a nearby field so close to the fence you could almost stroke their glossy black coats, were a sweet group of small cows and their even smaller calves. They were disinterested in the chattering humans passing by, but were gracious enough to pose for a photo.
At this point the rolling fields were around and below us and we had a great open view of a square towered church and a sweep of ripening corn.
Then downhill and to the edge of a woodland walk where we found a giant bug hotel, (or perhaps a stack of logs ready for processing)
The narrow path roller coasted a bit at this point, as regular walkers no one seems much fazed by the hills here and the group kept up a cracking pace out into sunlight, then back into the overhanging shade of great trees.
We emerged from the woodland and passed through the wall around the Bayfield estate. Keeping the cattle to our left we headed on towards the lovely wildflower centre and its excellent cafe. A couple of us could not resist the siren call of the coffee, but the larger group carried on to the River Glaven, where the footpath matches the river for a short spell, and where it crosses at a ford near to the road. Then on to the car park, and back to Bayfield and a nice cup of coffee.