1 January 2019, Hogmanay Hike
Our New Year’s Day walk again attracted a healthy (literally!) number of
Our departure point was The Neatherd, setting off along the edge of the wide
grass area, and following Shillings Lane past the new houses, then turning to
reach and cross Norwich Road and use Mattishall Road to cross the A47 and turn
down the recently recognised Restricted Byway 41 to reach Cherry Lane.
After following this for a while, we crossed a field back to Mattishall Road,
and then followed tracks between this road and the A47 to the easternmost point
of the walk. We returned to cross Mattishall Road for the last time and then
joined the long track (only a footpath in legal terms) running all the way to
Dumpling Green. We turned off before reaching the houses, taking the footpath
up to Hall Lane, and then climbing to and crossing the A47 bridge: the route
across the bridge is another Restricted Byway (number 40), and we understand is
to have its parapets raised now that it is legally open to horse riders (and
carriage drivers if only they could get to it).
From here, it was a short walk around the edge of the land awaiting the start
of a large housing development - there were signs of the first tentative start
to work there. Past the Windmill, on Cherry Lane once more (also now Restricted
Byway 36), we crossed Norwich Road and took the footpath alongside the school
to regain The Neatherd and return to the start.
From here, it was a short 5 minute walk to the sumptuous drinks and cake we had
been long anticipating.
Walk promotion flyer
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