The next of Rick and Nancy’s parish walks will be on Sunday 24 September 2017, meeting at St Nicholas Church, Fundenhall, at 10.00 a.m. and the route will be about 5 to 6 miles’ long. If the weather has not been too wet, the plan is to head over Flordon Common (which can be a bit wet under foot on occasions) and back via the path through Redwing’s and then past Hapton Church.
Sunday 12 November 2017 – meet at 10.00 a.m. at the Lizard Car Park, Silfield, to walk about 5 miles using the local public footpaths, quiet roads and visiting Silfield Nature Reserve.
Sunday 7 January 2018 – the usual New Year walk will start, hopefully, from Ashwellthorpe Village Hall at 10.00 a.m.
Rick and Nancy display notices for the walks on Parish Council notice boards about two weeks before walks and notify directly those people who have requested to be on a list. They get asked if walkers can bring their dogs and say Yes they are welcome as long as kept under control. Rick and Nancy also say please be aware that some walks cross stiles, which might present a difficulty and others cross fields where livestock are kept.
The dates for these walks on Sundays 21 May, 2 July, 20 August and 24 September 2017, and their approximate routes and distances, have now been posted and can be seen on the Events Calendar
The next Parish Walk will start from Forncett Village Hall, Low Road, Forncett St Mary, NR16 1JG, at 10.00 a.m. on Sunday 9 April 2017 and will be about 4.75 miles’ long. Quiet roads and public footpaths (some over water meadows in the Tas Valley) will be used and there are some easy stiles to cross and some small inclines on the walk. N.B. – there will probably be livestock in fields.
This is a repeat of the November 2016 walk when thick fog obscured the views but, hopefully, this time there will be better weather.
Details of the New Year Parish Walk on Sunday 8 January 2017 are given below. Other walks planned by Nancy and Rick so far are:
Sunday 5 March 2017 – Meet 10.00 a.m. at Spooner Row School and Playing Field Car Park (Sat Nav NR18 9JR). There will be a need to park carefully and, perhaps, even double park in case of other use. The walk will be circular, about 4.5 miles and partly on quiet roads and some lovely footpaths.
Sunday 9 April 2017 – Meet 10.00 a.m. at Forncett Village Hall, Low Road, Forncett St Mary (Sat Nav NR16 1JG). The walk will be about 4.5 miles’ long and will take the same route as the November 2016 walk but, hopefully, with much better views out across the Tas Valley not obscured by the thick fog which occurred in November!
Sunday 21 May 2017 – Meet 10.00 a.m. at Wreningham Village Hall, Mill Road, Wreningham (Sat Nav NR16 1AN) for a walk over water meadows and along quiet roads to Bracon Ash, returning via part of the Tas Valley Way and then quiet roads.
PLEASE WEAR APPROPRIATE FOOTWEAR
Nancy and Rick’s first parish walk of the New year celebrates the 10th Anniversary of these Parish walks and will start from Ashwellthorpe Village Hall at 10.00 a.m. The walk will not be long or fast- a sociable ramble just over 3 miles – to Long’s Wood in Wreningham and back. There will also be the chance to partake of Nancy and Rick’s festive refreshment en route.
The next Parish Walk, led by Rick and Nancy, will be on Sunday 30 October 2016 starting from Forncett Village Hall, Low Road, Forncett St Mary (NR16 1JG) at 10.00 a.m. The walk will be about 4.75 miles, using quiet roads and public footpaths (some over water meadows in the Tas Valley) and there are some easy stiles and small inclines on the route. NOTE – there will probably be livestock in the fields.
DON’T FORGET – This month’s parish walk will start at 10.00 a.m. this coming Sunday 25 September, from Mulbarton Village Hall car park (off the road at the top of the Common). It will be 4.8 miles in length, heading towards Tasburgh on quiet roads and public footpaths – some of which might just have been cultivated and paths not reinstated.
The July parish walk will start at 10 a.m. from Tasburgh Village Hall, Grove Lane, Tasburgh NR15 1LR, on Sunday 31 July 2016 – permission has been given to use their car park. The walk will be 5.5 miles mainly on quiet country roads but with a short stretch past Duffield’s Mill on a good footpath beside the A140.
FUTURE WALK DATES FOR YOUR DIARY
Sunday 25 September 2016 at 10.00 a.m. 4-5 miles in length and will head towards East Carleton
Sunday 30 October 2016 at 10.00 a.m. – Meet at Forncett Village Hall (more details later)
Sunday 4 December 2016 at 10.00 a.m. – Meeting point and route to be decided nearer the date.
The Aviva Ladies Cycle Tour passed along the B 1113 New Buckenham to Norwich road, through Fundenhall and Ashwellthorpe, on Stage 1 of this Cycle Tour (Race!) from Southwold in Suffolk to the finish at Norwich. Here are some photographs of the event in Ashwellthorpe
Spectators gather at Blacksmith’s Lane Crossroads
The Commentary Car and Police outriders approach in front of the racers – we were told there were now 6kms to go to the finish outside City Hall in Norwich
The breakaway leader approaches behind the Police Car and support vehicle. The adjoining roads were all shut off by police motorcycle outriders – the spectators commented that they did not know Norfolk possessed so many police motorcyclists as there was a constant stream in relay formation closing the roads!
The leader through Ashwellthorpe was an American – Alison Tetrick – who had made a breakaway from the Peleton with about 20kms to go to the finishing line. Here she was about 1min. 45 secs. in front with 6kms to go but from Ashwellthorpe onwards, the Peleton slowly began to catch up and she was over-run by the other cyclists in the last kilometre. At the finish outside Norwich City Hall, she was classified 8th and won the Combativity Award for her brave solo break.
The Peleton approaches along the B 1113 from the Fundenhall and King’s Head Public House direction
The 90-rider peleton zooms past at speed and with the 180 tyres making quite a noise! Somewhere in there is the eventual winner Christine Majerus and the leading British finisher, Lizzie Armistead
The following entourage of all the support vehicles with many spare bicycles.
The Aviva Women’s Tour Cycling race will pass through part of Ashwellthorpe and Fundenhall between 1.00 p.m. and 2.15 p.m. on Wednesday 15 June 2016 as part of the first day’s 132 km route from Southwold to Norwich. The race route will follow the B 1113 road from the New Buckenham direction towards its Norwich finish outside City Hall. Why not got along to watch and cheer the cyclists along the way.