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Hunstanton Weekend - August 2016

There were 22 of us on the weekend - 9 in the Youth Hostel, 11 in B&Bs, plus Richard at home with Claire as a guest.

On Saturday we all set off from the youth hostel. A party, led by Richard and Aline, walked to Brancaster. We had lunch at Titchwell RSPB. At Brancaster it started to rain heavily. We had a look at St Mary the Virgins Church. Some carried on walking while the rest of us stayed to catch the bus back.

B party:  There were 4 of us (Greg, Roger, Nick, Rosie) on the B walk, heading north and west from Hunstanton.  Nick realised he had forgotten his waterproof when a brief shower arrived soon after the start.  He dashed back for it and caught us up later.  At Holme we decided to explore the nature reserve rather than stay on the official Norfolk Coast Path.  This required us to backtrack to return to the beach which we then followed via Gore Point and the West Sands where we stopped for lunch.  After finding a café tucked away in the woods we continued to Thornham via one of the many dykes along the Norfolk Coast.  To avoid a stretch along the road, we attempted to follow a stretch of open access land to Titchwell Nature Reserve but our exit was blocked by dense undergrowth.  We therefore returned to Thornham where we finished the walk.  Total distance: 10 miles.

While on the bus back to Hunstanton the first of 2 major thunderstorms hit.  The second storm hit at 6.30pm with ferocious intensity - the conservatory roof in the hostel was leaking like a sieve; at one point we thought the giant hailstones were going to smash through.  After dinner we caught up with those staying in B&B at the Golden Lion.

For our evening meal, most of us B&B exiles ate in the Goblins Pantry, and had very large portions.

Sunday: We all went by car to Holkham to do a circular walk. A party, led by Aline, walked, as it turned out, around 13 miles and we reached Holkham Hall just in time for tea and cakes.

B party: Colin joined us on the B walk, a circular from Holkham.  We walked along the beach before following a dyke inland across Holkham Nature Reserve to Burnham Overy Staithe.  It was odd to see boats 2 miles inland, along Overy Creek.  We briefly met up with A party at the Hero pub where we stopped for lunch.  We continued via the Tower Windmill and St. Clement church at Burnham Overy Town.  Roger & Rosie then did a short extension to see the site of Nelson's birthplace at Burnham Thorpe.  The rest of us headed straight to Holkham Park for a welcome afternoon tea at the café, where A party arrived shortly afterwards.  Total distance: 10 miles.

Monday: Some stayed to have short walk along the beach.

Thank you to Greg for organising an enjoyable break, and thanks to those that led the walks.

Chris R and Greg

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