The Social Secretary has an idea to arrange a weekend away in cold, dark February when we all need something to look forward to. She is thinking about taking a 6 or 8 or 10 bedroom property with open fires, a big kitchen and good local walks somewhere within 2 hours drive of EACC central where a convivial group can gather.  Eating, drinking, chatting, board games and hide and seek if it's big enough! A Country House Weekend. 

The cost is likely to be in the region of £120 - 150 per person for 3 nights. The preference is for an older and characterful property, so she can't guarantee all separate bathrooms, but will try.  If you are interested in principle please let
Cally know by 31 July so she can gauge interest and start to plan.  Please put 'okay yah' in the subject heading!
























Sunday 10th February

The winter walk for 2019 takes us out to Lessingham and Eccles on the north east coast of Norfolk just beyond the Broads, but across land that drains into Hickling and Barton.  It is a mixed route through quiet lanes, along footpaths and bridleways and then through the dunes and across the beach at Eccles before turning back inland.  
The January storms have affected the beach, but there is a good route through the dunes if the beach is impassable and the view from there is impressive.  We will pass two churches (both thatched) and see at least 5 more on the horizon as we walk, plus the lighthouse to the north at Happisburgh.  
The route is 4 miles, but there are options for a longer tramp back for those who fancy it, or an earlier return from the famed EACC pop up tea stop which will magically appear at the half way point.
The walk starts and finishes at The Star PH at Lessingham which is a very traditional pub with pan tiled floor, low ceilings, beams and log fires, a good selection of ales and other drinks and very good homemade food.  It was CAMRA's Rural Pub of the Year 2017 and is well worth a visit.  Tables are booked for lunch at 1pm .
We hope to see lots of you for this lovely walk which will start at 10am from the pub car park.  Come for the walk or the lunch, or both. If you want to eat I will need a preorder by Sunday 3 February - I have booked up to 30 for lunch and this will take up pretty much all of the capacity so the kitchen needs numbers. All 30 lunch spaces now fully booked. Any others wishing to walk and/or drink still welcome. If you are only coming for the walk and/or a drink and chat it's not necessary to let me know, but it is always helpful to have an idea (I'd hate to run out of cake!).
Contact Cally if you require more information



The winter walk for 2018 will be around Ludham and St Benet's marshes.  It will take in some very familiar scenery along the Bure (albeit from a land based perspective) as well as a new view over the lower Ant from the riverside footpath from Ludham Bridge which was opened in summer 2017.


Roger Everett has kindly agreed to give us a brief talk about the St Benet's Abbey complex, which will coincide nicely with the famed EACC pop-up tea stop, and then we will follow the farm tracks and marsh paths back via Cold Harbour and Hall Common to Ludham for a well earned lunch at the Kings Arms, which offers choices from a full menu or a well regarded carvery.  The pub is popular locally, has a choice of real ales and receives good reviews on Trip Advisor for its food, so it should be a good place to relax after the brisk rigours of a February morning.  


We will meet in central Ludham by the Kings Arms and church at 10 am, where there is on street parking and we will car share to drive to the start of the walk at Ludham bridge, collecting cars after the walk or lunch.


For lunch, a table is booked at the Kings Arms for 1.30 and whilst preordering isn't necessary it would be useful to give the pub numbers so we can be sure the table is big enough! Those of you who came to the Ribs of Beef evening will understand! If you are coming to eat can you let Cally know.  Walkers and non-walkers are welcome for the lunch, and if anyone needs a shorter walk there will be an option to get a lift back from St Benets in the pop up tea stop car. We look forward to seeing you there.



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