All Day Walking Group visit Horning and the Norfolk Broads

In June, the All Day Walking Group held their thirteenth short walking break with twenty-one members making their various ways to the Broads at Horning.  Some of the Group hadn’t visited the area for many years and took the opportunity to arrive early to spend an extra day looking around.

On the first day we all met up in Horning and boarded the Southern Comfort paddle steamer for a trip on the river Bure along the Ranworth Dam and into Malthouse Broad with views over Ranworth Broad.  After our river trip we walked out of Horning to Horning Church and across the fields to Upper Street then across Horning Marshes towards Neatishead.  It was while on the marshes and walking alongside a deep dyke that Graham lost his footing and slipped into the dyke.  With a combined effort Graham was recovered from the dyke, first aid was administered by Linda and a local resident walking her dog organised transport back to Horning.  After a night’s rest it was a relief to us all when Graham re-joined the group.  In the evening we met for excellent food at the New Inn in Horning.

Next day we all gathered at Ludham Bridge for a nine mile walk.  We started along the raised dyke to How Hill where the How Hill Trust runs the Environmental Study Centre for the Norfolk Broads in How Hill House.  There are great views from the House across the river Ant to the wetlands beyond.  After refreshments we continued our walk into Ludham for a picnic lunch and drinks in the King’s Arms, then we continued our walk to Ludham Hall where we met our guide from the Friends of St. Benet’s Abbey who showed us around the Abbey site.  Virtually nothing remains of the Abbey, which was a Benedictine monastery established in AD 1020.  It was the only monastery not dissolved by Henry VIII during the dissolution of the monasteries in 1536-39.  The Archbishop of Norwich is still the Abbot of St. Benet’s and conducts a service there annually on the first Sunday in August.  During the visit it started to rain!  Of course, we completed the visit in the rain, before returning to our cars and to Horning.  We met again in the evening for dinner at the New Inn.

Seven members of the Group have been on all thirteen of these short walking breaks and after dinner Sylvia, Graham and Bruce reminded us of all the places we have visited since we started these holidays in June 2005 and talked of the great times we have had during the visits.

Our last day took us to Acle.  The walk was five miles via Acle, Fishley and Upton along the River Bure and Upton and Acle Dykes.  We had an excellent lunch at the Bridge Inn before setting off for home.  This is our last holiday as leaders so, after thirteen years, thank you for all your support.  Bruce is organising the short break in June 2017 and we know you will all support Bruce as you have supported us over the years.  Finally, thank you for the vouchers for tea at the Farm Shop and Welton’s, we can’t wait to enjoy using them!  Peter & Janet Ellement.