This eagerly anticipated trip finally took place after being postponed in 2020 and 2021 due to the pandemic when 28 Footprints members took over the whole of the Pleasaunce in Overstrand for three nights over Easter. It was case a of 3rd time lucky!
The Pleasaunce is a large country house owned by Christian Endeavour Holidays who also own Beechwood Court at Conwy where Footprints went in September 2021. The house was the home of Lord and Lady Battersea and was designed by the famous architect Sir Edwin Lutyens.
We were blessed with beautiful weather throughout our stay. The food was good, the only problem, being asked to sit on the same table for every meal due to the pre ordering system being unable to cope with people sitting at different tables from where they ordered their subsequent meal. Whilst this system worked well and prevented waste it made socialising more difficult.
On Good Friday we took a hired coach to Sheringham where we caught the train on the North Norfolk steam railway to Holt where two varying lengths of walk eventually ended up in Sheringham before returning on the coach.
On Easter Saturday A and B parties did circular walks of varying lengths from the house along the coast towards Trimingham and Mundesley returning inland on the Paston Way.
On Easter Sunday we had a hired coach again which took us inland to Blickling Hall where A party walked via the Weavers Way to Felbrigg Hall. B Party continued by coach to Aldborough where they walked to Felbrigg Hall returning by coach with A party to Overstrand.
Some members stayed at the house on Easter Monday or stayed locally and walked along the coast from the house to Cromer and Sheringham partly on the beach and partly on the cliff top returning by service bus.
In the evening we had the usual Pictionary organised by Colin and on another evening we played board games, notably scrabble. The local pub was also visited as The Pleasaunce is a ‘dry’ house.
Many thanks are due to Hilary who organised the trip including the two aborted trips. Thanks are also due to all those who led the walks.
Maps of the walks