REVIEW: 30 August, 2021
Garden Party Walk
Unfortunately, Ken was taken ill shortly before the walk, but Tim was able to
use Ken's route plan to lead the walk ... and we didn't get lost once! We are
looking forward to seeing Ken back leading a future walk.
We met at Neatherd pond where at least one of us quacked a conversation with the
ducks. Setting off past Neatherd High School we observed two dogs taking each
other for a walk; why hold a lead when each dog could hold the other's? We
crossed Norwich Road and headed towards the windmill where we were joined by two
We followed Cherry Lane around the new housing development, over the A47 bridge
and into open countryside to the south-east of Dereham. The harvest has begun,
but there was no sign of any machines.
After about half a mile we needed to turn left off the track, this was the most
likely part of the walk to get lost, or at least miss our turning. We needed to
head north on Dereham Footpath 2, a track through the middle of a cropped field.
It is easy to find from the other end (Mattishall Road) where there is a
finger-post, but this way the crop hides the low marker post. A little scouting
from the previous day meant we were prepared and found the path:
We made our way to the repaired steps and the A47 crossing covered in a recent
(opens in a new tab) which includes pictures
from before and after the repair work.
Returning to the Neatherd via Back Lane we stumbled across an unknown crop,
later identified as millet.
Zig-zaging across the Neatherd taking in the "eight-acres" acquired
by the Town Council a few years ago and looking at the new land just about to be
purchased we found ourself on the north western corner of Neatherd Moor. From
here it would be a short stroll back to the car-park, however this was the
Garden Party walk, so we diverted to the garden of Dot and Martin Sneesby, who
had tables set, with tea and multiple choices of freshly baked cakes and both
cheese and fruit scones, served with butter or jam & cream ...
Walk promotion flyer
(pdf, opens in new tab).
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