REVIEW: 5 December, 2020
Tree Week Walk
Our December walk, to celebrate National Tree Week, took place on a day when
rain was a distinct possibility (according to the forecast), but we got sun
instead. Which made a pleasant change from the previous day’s rain and snow (but
more of that anon ...).
From the town centre, we walked down Washbridge, past St Nicholas Church and out
of Dereham into Scarning. After walking along Rushmeadow Road, we headed up past
the sewage works (scent‑free), back into Dereham and on to the meadow.
It was clear that the stream/river was full as we walked alongside it, but a
little way onto the meadow, we found it had flowed over the path and onto the
flood plain (performing just as you should expect it to!).
Having met another walker who told us that it was deeper than his wellies were
high, we turned back to the sewage works, and took the alternative route on to
the top of the scarp behind Humbletoft - and so regained our intended route. At
least that path too took us through the trees we had come to see.
We walked through the estate onto Sandy Lane and continued to reach Gingerbread
Cottage and a short break in the woodland opposite. We now walked through the
edge of Quebec Wood and continued along tree lined paths to reach Hoe Lodge.
It was then a short walk to Northall Green, over the railway and down the
Restricted Byways leading towards The Neatherd. From here, we took the path to
Swanton Road, over the level crossing, down Theatre Street and back to the town
centre. And not a drop of rain the whole way!
Walk promotion flyer
(pdf, opens in new tab).
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