‘Look at all that. Looks like someone has dumped a load of rubbish next to the footpath? That’s terrible’ I said.
We got closer and then a small group of people appeared, all lounging on the ground amongst the heather below a few small trees. They were drinking tea from flasks and dressed in scruffy clothes. Scattered about them were colourful crates and sacks and heavy duty garden tools.
‘Hello, we thought we’d seen a whole pile of rubbish but now we can see you are actually people!’ Tim said. Thankfully they seemed to find that amusing.
‘Have you seen any Rhodededrums?’ someone asked. ‘Er, no I don’t think we have’, I said, looking back and hoping that was the right answer. ‘That’s good – that’s what we are clearing….’ came a reply.
After a short (now we understand) pause we smiled, it seemed like we could all be friends! Then, because we couldn’t think of anything else to say, we gave them a cheery goodbye and we carried on walking.
‘Didnt know Rhodededrums were a problem’ Tim said. Neither did I.
You learn something every day.
Sunday 5th January 2020
Walking is how Tim and I got together. Loving the outdoors, wherever we are, on foot. It’s true that connecting with nature helps when other things in life are tough.
A walk we do often is a short drive from home and is the first walk we ever did together. It’s about 5 miles long and can be enjoyed year round. For blowing the Christmas and New Year cobwebs away this is perfect. It’s a circular which usually starts at the small coastal village of Winterton. Winterton is popular at weekends, especially with dog owners, so be warned….the parking can be tricky to say the least.
We parked outside of the village and walked a track through the Burnley Hall estate. It’s easy, dry underfoot and very very quiet. Eventually the concrete runs out and small footpaths are followed to the beach. I noticed catkins appearing in the hedgerows. In mid winter, with some berries still in the shrubs, this might sound a bit crazy but I feel like this is the first sign of Spring.
There’s a small enclosure with two small lean two barns at either end protecting the animals from the weather where cattle are kept during the winter months. These are beautiful beasts with short legs and brown or black coats – I have no idea what breed they are. They were busy feeding but didn’t mind having their photo taken. They are, as all cattle seem to be, very nosy.
On we went to the dunes and sea.
We stopped to have a bite to eat and drink and watched the seals on the beach. Seal pup births have again been very high this year. There were fewer today than a few weeks before Christmas. Looking up the beach however we could see a huge mass of people on the beach at Winterton. Out for a quiet stroll?
We took one of the many dune paths to the village and this is where we found our ‘rubbish’ people. I have since found out that this group were volunteers working for the Norfolk Conservation Corps. Doing some good work each weekend in some really special places in the Norfolk countryside.
Further along I photographed the path – here you can see small oaks and birch trees that skirt the dunes.
Through the village we passed through the church ground, past the allotments and onto a very muddy ‘low road’.
Though the village was busy we didnt see anyone along this bit!
Nearly back at the car the owners of these converted barns are in a wonderful spot with views out onto open countryside and a ten minute walk from the beach. Not a bad spot.
Happy New Year. Hoping for good walks, good health and good times.