Day trip 2

Last Wednesday, Rambler5319 told us about one of his day trips from a recent holiday and today he’s back to tell us about another of his adventures.

 

 

I decided to do a walk today. Literally a few yards from my front door was this sight.

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They were not fully fledged females and Mum can be seen (right on the edge of pic) top right corner on the grass. They had just crossed another road causing traffic to stop and a lady from the house nearby had come out to shoo them out of the way so they didn’t get run over. As I headed out of the village I came across this.

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You may be able to see a bucket, a broom and leaning at the front of the car a spade. There were two ladies cutting and trimming the edge of the grass, where it met the pavement, as well as a guy further along with a mower who had just done the newly-cut bit you can see. I stopped for a brief chat. It seems the council cutbacks have meant that their roads don’t get cleaned and tidied up so the villagers do it themselves. I wonder how long before we’re brushing our own city streets because our councils don’t have the money to do it?

Here’s the start of the path heading west towards Hunstanton.

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It was just a few minutes to this area

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Then I came to this path down into what they called a sunken garden.

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Just by it was this tree which as you can see has had some sort of creeper growing up its two trunks. The creeper has been chopped off presumably to prevent further growth around the trunks.

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Here’s an interesting name for a plant –

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I couldn’t spot any of this but it was supposed to be there. Any readers heard of this?

I carried on along the path and saw this sign. The area is clearly quite dangerous.

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The main path

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I walked through a farm and saw this pram in one of the outbuildings which was open to the path. Think it’s probably had its gold watch some years ago!

The next pic is interesting because it’s in a ploughed field, all on its own. It is the remains of Ringstead Parva Church.

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Now the village of Ringstead Parva doesn’t exist anymore. A local news mag with an article on it said the Black Death had killed off all the inhabitants in 1349 and it has remained derelict ever since. The county of Norfolk itself lost half its population during this outbreak. (Edward III, reigned 1327-77, had to cancel parliament because of the disease having reached Westminster.) When I asked at the farm (Downs Farm) about being able to go out to the ruins they told me I was not allowed as it was on private land. However it seems some have been out to it. Check out this photo:

Ringstead Barrett/Parva Church PC178175

Then I passed this sign

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And a nice field of Lavender

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Another sign on the path

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Note it mentions the Downs I’d just walked through and Lovers Lane and that access was only granted by permission of the L’Estrange Estate.

A little further on another of those reminders that I was in a dangerous area of the country

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I passed this sign along the main road in Hunstanton

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In case you’re wondering it’s the name of a bicycle shop – yes that’s right, originally called Fat Birds Don’t Fly but now on the actual shop front has the name shortened to Fatbirds. They have a good range of bikes but at the expensive end of their stuff was a bike costing over £2,500.

Along the front in Hunstanton is this

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And this info sign on the gatepost

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And very close by was this. I wondered what it was for.

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It had this info sign on the post

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Apparently in 1988 400 beacons were lit around Britain to celebrate the sighting of the Spanish Armada back in 1588. (If I remember rightly we won that one.)

I then walked along the beach for a couple of miles and when I turned off to go back up the road to my village I saw this sign

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This one has two reminders that the land all around this area belongs to the L’Estrange Family and you’re only allowed to use the beach because they’ve given you permission. And of course you “enter at your own risk”; Health & Safety at work again. On the way back up to the main road I saw this.

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It appears our own Formula 1 driver may have his own music group but I doubt it. Just in case you were not totally persuaded to go if you look a bit lower down they’re also offering “the cheapest beer in town”. I wonder why that would be?

I passed this sailless windmill on the way back into the village

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I had planned to pick up some stuff at the village shop, after my 7 mile walk, but as I approached the door, I found I’d done an LLM. Look at this and bear in the day I was walking was Monday!

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Yep they’re open only half days on Mon/Tue/Weds

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You might just be able to see the writing in the glass over the door – The Old Bakery. Just across the way is Foundry Lane – another indication of the industry which used to exist in this small village but no longer does. And that was it; back to the cottage for a good soak in the bath for my tired legs.

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