Peddars Way Weekend

Posted 3/5/2017

Our Peddars Way weekend has simply been the most ambitious walking project which DVWG have undertaken, this has involved three tough days of walking for our group, effectively walking the entire length of Norfolk. Starting from Knettishall Heath Country Park, near Thetford, (which is in Suffolk), walking to Holme Next the Sea, on the north Norfolk coast over three intense days. This was coupled with the logistics of moving people between start and end points for these three point to point walks.


After travelling to Thetford on Friday night our party started out early on day one through Thetford Forest, on well-defined tracks which took up most of day one, dropping into the Dog & Partridge in Stonebridge where David Kirk is now a close personal friend of the landlord following their disagreement. The route finished in Little Cressingham in the heart of Breckland, having had a full days walking in glorious sunshine.


After retrieving our cars, it was time to move accommodation to Swaffham, where most of us were staying in the Red Lion Hotel, over dinner we even had to help Dean & Jane Duke re-locate from their less than appealing accommodation nearby.


Day two was the longest and toughest of the three days with a large percentage of the walk from Little Cressingham to Great Massingham being completed on country lanes over a distance in excess of 17 miles, which led to some frayed tempers amongst our party as our morale dropped and fatigue of this demanding walk set in.


After dinner that evening we discussed the following days walk and several of our party reported needing late fitness tests to be able to walk the following day, with several people rating their chances of no more than 50:50, however after retiring early to our rooms to treat our aching feet, our party all reported fit to walk the following morning, this was assisted by David Richardson’s threat to don his Saturday Night Fever suit for anyone who didn’t walk !


The third day started with some more road walking, before giving way to a lengthy stretch of walking along bridleways and green lanes passing the outskirts of the villages of Amner, Fring and Sedgeford before reaching Ringstead where we were treated to a beer at the delightful Gin Trap Inn.


Upon leaving the village of Ringstead we were delighted to see the sea, knowing that this arduous journey across Norfolk was nearly at an end as we walked to Holme village and the finish point of the walk at the bridge crossing the River Hun.


From here we went our separate ways, a small group of us enjoying fish & chips in Hunstanton as a reward.


Well done to everyone who took part in this walk, especially the fifteen adults and one junior who completed all three days. Our party racked up a total of 865 miles in the process.


Well done all so goes to Gary Marshall, Barry Edwards, Sharon Mitchell, Kevin Mitchell and Amanda Bennett who all clocked up their 100 miles season to date over the weekend, Amanda Bennett and Gary Marshall also clocked up their cumulative 500 miles with DVWG too over the weekend.


Finally a riddle for our resident paparazzi, Steve Pennock, on Tuesday morning why were Liz Davis and Diana Walker found in a room with no windows with David Kirk following him on all fours ?


Some very strange things happen in Norfolk !