It’s great to see so many ‘new’ local faces but they do get in the way! Trying to keep that social distancing close to home is so tricky at times, especially when others aren’t quite so respectful.
For anyone that knows me and Tim or who has read my blog will know that we take getting out and exploring fairly seriously – it’s our hobby and our life. How far could we get with a drink and snack in our pack from the doorstep? We picked a nice day to try.
I will try and keep my comments brief and let the photos do the talking.
Saturday 9th May 2020
I love this time of the year. The leaves have just about appeared on the trees and the hedgerows and verges are full of new growth. Mind you I seem to be affected by pollen this year (for the first time ever) no streaming eyes, just a dry cough. A small price to pay for being outside.
Following the lane shown in the photo above a view of Ormesby Broad (or the waterway leading to the broad) can be see from the side of a cottage. Note the treehouse being built on the left.
At the farm we turned onto meadows. Oh and just incase you missed the sign – keep dog on lead!
As we approached our neighbouring village we met some cattle.
I swiftly headed for the gate when I spotted the bull while Tim took his time! The kissing gate is small and awkward and I wasn’t going to hang about – its survival of the fittest in some circumstances! One of theses signs, on the other side of the bigger (locked) gate, mentions the ‘big bull’ but there wasn’t anything at the other end of this footpath. Hmmm
The view from the otherside of the gate….
Onward we bypassed Hemsby village via a field. After crossing the main road we continued north but taking smaller roads now as there are no footpaths at this point.
We had a crazy idea to carry a bit of weight in our packs to feel like we usually do when we are away in the hills and mountains. Here we are passing the sign of East Somerton and approaching the high point of the day – Blood Hills (about 70 feet above sea level). So called because it was supposed to have been the place where Vikings and Saxons fought and the land turned blood red.
More recently it’s been used to place wind turbines.
Over the top we followed farm tracks around Burnley Hall and out to the Staithe at West Somerton.
The road here leads out to Horsey Mill but we followed a footpath just inland alongside the waterway at first then skirting the marsh. The sound of birds in the reeds was constant.
Almost at the mill – this is a view I couldn’t resist taking a photo of.
We did pause here for a drink and quick bite to eat. We are not allowed to stop for long at this time – but we can have a little something just to keep us going.
At this point we turned east towards the dunes and sea. It’s about a mile from here to the sea and inbetween there are meadows with lots of small waterways breaking up the land. It’s really fragile as its so close to the sea and only really protected by sandy dunes.
Here is the coast path. We headed straight through the gap in the sea wall to the sea.
On the beach we had the biggest surprise. Hundreds and hundreds of seals – all basking on the shore. We’ve seen this before but there were many more this time – many more. Tim did his best wildlife filming – I just stared in awe.
Oh and I took a few photos.
So far, during the whole walk, we had only passed two people.
As we marched on the low tide sand we passed another couple. Wow – it’s so quiet.
We approached and passed the beach at Winterton. The cafe is still hanging in there….only just.
Further along we come to Hemsby beach. We headed through a gap in the dunes to take the firmer walking in the area called ‘The Valley’.
Here we tipped the sand from our shoes. This walking route is a sheltered alternative to the sea/beach side and it felt very warm.
Hemsby is a village and holiday resort near the beach. Today the chalets and caravans are standing empty and amusements and cafes quiet. Will it survive this I wondered.
Further along we reached Scratby. Here we took our last look at the sea before turning inland to home.
It’s a mile from the sea to our home. We are so lucky – we can get to it on foot. By pushing ourselves a bit we could get to our neighbouring villages too.