Monday 8th March dawns misty and cold. But we’ve arranged to do this 10-mile walk from Acle via Upton to South Walsham (home in 1817 to my many-times great-grandpa, John Self Brown) and back, and so we will. The bus takes us across the grazing marshes to Acle. Thereafter it’s mostly off-road walking.
Despite a parish almost empty of families Fishley church remains open: it serves the people of Upton too
Cutting across the field to Upton, what’s this we spy in the naked branches? Could this be mistletoe? Indeed it is.
There’s a secluded garden accessed via the footpath into Upton village…
You’d be forgiven if you thought I climbed a tree to take the photo. But look again…
This delightful garden is a community resource… and home to fairies
Our path takes us through the reeds…
with views over the marshes to a mill beside the River Bure
To deliver us at Upton Staithe
Maybe you think of willows when you think of rivers and lakes. But here are alders decked in crimson and gold
Destination, South Walsham Broad. We sit awhile to eat our lunch, accompanied by Mr Mallard
And back to Upton by road where we pass an ancient Grandmother Oak
Before we leave the area, I love old houses; I’d love to live here…
Hope you enjoyed this week’s walk. The sun didn’t shine, most of the paths were deep in mud, but there were some interesting sights. I’ll share more of those with you on Tuesday.