New Year's Day Walk, 2018

New Year's Day walk flyer (pdf for download).

The planned route took us out into Middlemarch, then east through Dumpling Green, before turning north towards the A47, which we approached along Hall Lane (awaiting designation as a Restricted Byway). Over the A47, we passed Dereham Windmill then went through Little Neatherd to return, via the edge of The Neatherd, to the town centre and back to the start at The George Hotel.

It had rained for some time leading up to New Year's Day, but 1 Jan was still, relatively warm and dry, with hints of a blue sky.

Pictures tell the story:

Stopping at Borrow Hall, to view the restoration progress. This is often said to be the birthplace of George Borrow, although this is disputed.

Borrow Hall

In parts, the route was flooded by deep water, fortunately there was usually a bank or alternative path to allow reasonable passage.

Flooded path

Threading our way avoiding puddles and mud.

Flooded path

Open Norfolk

We were rewarded with views Dereham Windmill, a regular landmark on our walks. This view is somewhat obscured in summer by greenery.

Windmill between trees

It has become a regular feature of Dereham Walkers are Welcome walks to have a 'reward' at the end. This time we enjoyed coffee and cake at The George Hotel.

Coffee and cake at George Hotel

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