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Just Friends Walking Group - January to June 2008

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January 8th, 2008 - Spooner Row

The year started off with a walk primarily around fields and bridle paths in the Spooner Row area followed by lunch at the Three Boars Public House. The walk was organised by Anne and Peter and will be long remembered by Val as her car broke down coming out of the car park and she had to be towed to a garage!


January 22nd, 2008

Bramerton and Kirby Bedon

A very picturesque four mile walk around the Bramerton and Kirby Bedon area, taking in Bramerton common and Broad and the twin churches of St Mary and St Andrew at Kirby Bedon.

The village of Kirby has two medieval churches next door to each other - the ruined church dedicated to St Mary and the parish

church of St Andrew across the road. It is likely that they were built close to each other both in area and date.

The Domesday book shows the county of Norfolk being divided into a high number of small manorial estates. Neighbouring estates and manors often had separate churches and in this case St Mary's was the poor relation and by 1721 had fallen into a poor condition. In 1748 it was described as having been in ruin from "time immemorial."

St Mary's was repaired in 1997 an today is one of 100 ruined churches in the county. The walk was organised by Heather and John and lunch was taken at Crown Point in Trowse.


The ruined church of St Mary's

St Andrew's

A colourful plaque for Kirby Bedon

St Mary's Church Tower

 February 5th, 2008 - Norwich

John organised a very pleasant walk around some of the historic parts of Norwich, starting on Britannia Barracks overlooking the city where the photo opposite was taken with the cathedral in the background.

The walk took in both Wensum and Waterloo Parks and parts of Mousehold Heath and concluded with a meal at the Cottage Public House in Thorpe. Below are a number of thumbnail photos of Norwich. Click on them to open a full size image. The photos were taken by Peter and Bill

February 19th - Norwich

Norwich provided an interesting walk on a bright and relatively warm day. Organised by David and Janet, the walk started in Sloughbottom Park and took in Norwich Cemetery and many of the hidden woods and paths that are scattered around the outskirts of the city and which often walkers come by accidentally. Afterwards we lunched in Drayton

The photographs below were taken by Bill Adcock. Click on them to open a larger image

March 4th - Salhouse

The first walk of March was around the bridle paths and fields of Salhouse where just seven walkers enjoyed a bright morning and then lunched at Salhouse Lodge.

March 18th - Sprowston

The walk on April 1st was largely abandoned due to the weather. Lunch was taken at Crown Point in Trowse just outside Norwich and then a few hardy souls braved the rain for a short walk in the local area.

April 15th - Wymondham

The first real walk in April was around the fields skirting the A11 in the Wymondham area and was organised by Bill and Diane. It concluded with lunch at Wymondham Railway.

April 29th - Strumpshaw

The final walk of April was around the picturesque area of Strumpshaw and was organised by Peter and Helen and ended with lunch at the Shoulder of Mutton.
The May 13th walk was around the Caister St Edmonds area just outside Norwich. The May 27th scheduled walk was cancelled due to rain.
June 11th

Seven walkers undertook a gentle ramble around the Weston Longville area. Many thanks to local farmer Anthony Thomas and his wonderful philosophy regarding allowing people to wander round his fields and keeping footpaths cut on the grounds that "they belong to God and will be here long after I'm gone." Opposite are six rather "tyred" walkers.

June 25th
Maureen and John organised a very pleasant walk starting from Saxlingham Green and crossing fields around Shotesham to one of the prettiest and most picturesque area of Norfolk. The walk was followed by lunch at the March Harrier on Ipswich Road, Norwich.

Miscellaneous Walks July to September - including Saxlingham and Wymondham - Photos taken by Bill Adcock

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