REVIEW: 2 July, 2021
Northward Hoe! Walk
Our July walk was in two parts. As it was held on the first Friday of the month,
we started off with our ‘short walk’ group, heading out to Rush Meadow and up to
Sandy Lane. Here, the short walkers left to make their own way back down Sandy
Lane in to Dereham.
The rest of us made our way to the corner by Gingerbread Cottage, then out of
town along the link to the Wensum Way. Crossing the Holt Road took us past a
beautiful display from the wild flower ‘set aside’ that has been established
there, and on along the Wensum Way proper towards the Mid-Norfolk Railway (MNR).
The bridge over the railway, carrying Hoe Footpath 3 is still closed, but the
official diversion set up doesn’t take walkers heading south (as we were) much
out of the way. (The bridge has been declared unsafe by a structural engineer
working for the railway, but action to replace it has been held up as the MNR
has been unable to find a suitable contractor who doesn’t have a full order book
for months ahead.)
We followed the track down to Northall Green, and on along Restricted Byways 30
and 31, taking us to The Neatherd. These paths, legally, if not practically,
open to horse riders and carriage drivers, are the most prone of all Dereham
rights of way to vigorous growth, and this season has been no exception. We had
trimmed back the vegetation a couple of weeks earlier, but a check the day
before the walk revealed that they needed repeat treatment, which we provided.
Emerging at The Neatherd, it was but a short haul back to the town.
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Taking a break to admiring the scenery from the never ending task of clearing
the overgrowth before the walk.