Along the Thurne river bank

Yesterday we enjoyed walking in proper winter temperatures.

About 30 minutes drive from home is Thurne – a small village next to the river with the same name.  Car parked we followed the Dyke out to the river.  It’s been a long time since I’ve seen a frozen waterway.  The boats moored up here, at the village end, were trapped in ice.


At the river stands Thurne wind pump.  The path here is part of the long distance trail called Weavers Way (Cromer to Great Yarmouth).


The shallow edges of the river itself were still frozen.  In the summer months this part of the river gets quite busy with holiday makers in hire craft.  It was lovely and quiet yesterday…..just the occasional crack of defrosting ice.


It’s about three miles to the village of Potter Heigham.  Here are a couple more photos taken along the way.  All photos taken on an old iPod so not great quality.


  
We heard and spotted six cranes but they flew off before we could get close enough to photograph.  A migratory bird which now seems happy to hang around in Norfolk for the winter.

Stopped at Potter Heigham for a hot drink then sat at the medieval bridge for our picnic lunch.  Warm enough here to take our jackets off.  As you can see the water level is very high here at the moment.  When we have had family visiting we have hired electric boats from this spot and had many exciting/anxious moments travelling under the bridge. The boat hire station was surrounded in frozen river water.



We retraced our steps back to a lane turned left away from the river, came off the road onto another footpath, walked into and along the edge of a wood and back to Thurne.

About six miles long – it’s just perfect.

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