WINTER WALK 2017
Sunday 12 February 2017
The 2017 winter walk takes us out of the Broads, but stays on the Bure as we explore the old wherry route above Coltishall lock, walking along the riverbank through Hautbois up to Buxton. This is a classic riverside landscape, with grazing marsh and reed fringes - but with the advantage that if it's really muddy we can always take the trackside route by the Bure Valley Railway with its easy gravel paths. There will be a tea stop en route and at that point you can either head back to Coltishall (via a slightly different return route), or continue to Buxton from where we will catch the little Bure Valley Railway steam train at 12.57 which takes us back to Coltishall station. The train fare is £4.50, but if there's a number of us I'll try to haggle for a group discount.
Lunch is booked at the
Recruiting Sergeant in Coltishall (technically Horstead)
where the food is good and portions impressive. The table is booked for 2pm to enable those of us who fancy the steam train to have time to do this, and it looks like we'll have an EACC room to ourselves, which is always nice and saves the embarrassment. There are a number of other pubs in Coltishall if anyone fancies moving on afterwards.
I needed to give the pub numbers for lunch, so if you're coming to eat you should have let me know by Monday 6 February. You don't need to walk to come for lunch - or come to lunch if you just want to walk - it'd just be lovely to see as many as possible.
If you wanted to get the little train back from Buxton you needed to let me know by 6th Feb.
We will meet in Coltishall, where there are a number of parking places. You could try the small car park opposite Coltishall island filling station in front of the 'A Piece of Cake' cafe (aka Riverside Rooms) which is a public car park for the common, or you could try either the car park for the Recruiting Sergeant (where we will end up for lunch) or the on street parking by the church in Horstead (follow the signs to B1354 to Aylsham). There are other on street parking possibilities and you will find somewhere! I will be in 'A Piece of Cake' from 10 having a cup of tea and a Stilton and walnut scone and if we gather outside there we will then start the walk at 10.30.
The walk follows the east bank of the Bure to Hautbois where, after a tea stop, we switch to the west bank and continue to Buxton. The walk is really pretty, but the path is likely to be a bit muddy especially at the beginning so you need boots; gaiters optional! Some frost in the meantime would be a real bonus. I walked it at 40 minutes each leg, so a 10.30 start will give us ample time to get to the 12.57 train with a tea stop - I hope! I look forward to seeing lots of you and your dogs!