I’m not usually a weather-wimp but high winds coupled with sub-zero temperatures… ain’t no fun walking beach nor marsh. And so this dive into the archives.
14th February 2017 and the sun shines and the air is warm and I catch a bus and another bus and by 9:00 am I arrive at Poringland, and the second highest point in (flat) Norfolk. Two aerial masts constructed during WWII provide a landmark for miles around (here’s just one)
From Poringland to Upper Stoke… where I stop to admire the snowdrops
Leaving the road I follow a footpath across fields grazed by sheep
This is “big tree” country…
The path edges a woodland…
where I’m delighted to see the hazel’s catkins…
and yet more big trees (2 shots, same tree)
And looking down…
btw, the winding line is a lane and to the far side of it is one of the earliest known Anglo-Saxon burial sites in England
The Tas Valley where in Roman times stood the regional city of the Iceni (Boudicca’s people) Venta Icenorum
The remaining walls fail to impress me
(I’m used the well-preserved walls of C3rd Roman fort at Burgh Castle)
Within the old town the first Christians here built their church, now dedicated to East Anglia’s own martyred Saint Edmund
A walk by the river, finding a place to stop for my lunch. Incredible, 2,000 years ago this was the wharf; here Roman galleys and barges moored to unload their wares brought up river from Burgh Castle (just outside Gt Yarmouth)
As ever, I hope you enjoyed the walk. I know I did. It was so warm, my jacket came off, I walked bare-armed. Today, four years on, I shiver.