Winter Walk 2021 will be on Sunday 14th February 2021
WINTER WALK 2020
Sunday 9th February 2020
The winter walk for 2020 along the coast at Happisburgh is a revisit of the walk we did in 2015, but taking it the other way round and ending on the cliffs or the beach, depending on the tide. It will be interesting (in a melancholy kind of way) to see what has changed.
We will meet outside the Hill House PH in uptown Happisburgh at 10am, plot a course towards the cliffs through the abandoned caravan park and then pass the lighthouse before picking up some field tracks to Cart Gap. The famed EACC pop up tea stop will miraculously appear in the car park (loos and seats courtesy of North Norfolk District Council) offering a range of quality beverages and cakes, with a small donation to cover costs and any surplus going to the EACC charity of the year which is the Norfolk Schools Sailing Association. The return route will be along the cliffs or beach, arriving back at the Hill House PH for Sunday lunch with tables booked for 1pm.
Points of interest along the route include:
the red and white lighthouse built in 1791, declared redundant by Trinity House in 1987, taken over by the Friends of Happisburgh Lighthouse in April 1990 following a private bill and famously repainted on Challenge Anneka in August 1990. It is the oldest working lighthouse in East Anglia and the only independently operated one in the country. It needed repainting in 1991, which is why Ms Rice isn't listed in the Trusted Trades Directory.
The church of St Mary's with its 110' tall tower is a famous sea mark and consequently was bombed in 1940. The font is of an ambitious Suffolk type, with four lions and four wild men against the stem and four angels and four evangelists underneath. In the churchyard is a mass grave for the crew of the Invincible which was wrecked locally en route to the Battle of Copenhagen in 1801.
The house known as St Mary's was built as the Manor House in 1900 for Albemarle Cator. Those Cators get about. It is considered to be one of the finest works of Detmar Blow, a chum of Lutyens and built in the same style, using flint, pebble, brick, thin tiles and thatch. He actively enjoyed mixing the materials and it wasn't because he could make up his mind.
Finally we come back to the Hill House PH. Home of the Dancing Man brewery, frequented by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle when he was plotting sleuths, and apparently the only inn where William Cowper (18th century poet, who penned the phase "God moves in mysterious ways, his wonders to perform") " ... ate with anything like an appetite in Norfolk".
The pub is still attracting people with appetites, so you will need to book if you want to eat. Can you let me know by the end of Monday 3 February so I can get the numbers to the pub. I will have to pay a deposit per person, so if you change your mind and can't come please let me know. No need to book if you are just walking and/or drinking but numbers are always useful as I'd hate to run out of cake.
Looking forward to it